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  1. Nice read, I used google to translate, because I'm far too lazy to translate such a long text Link to German source
  2. http://www.inquisitr.com/3104024/nba-rumors-al-horford-leaving-atlanta-hawks-for-san-antonio-spurs/
  3. Do you guys think Horford will resign with the Hawks next season? Personally, i think he will probably sign with another team.
  4. Horford and Sap will be dynamic together even more or atleast as much as they were at the start of last season. Two bigs that can run the floor, spread the court and hold their own on the defensive end and to top it off both are good passers and above average rebounders!! They are going to be hard to defend ala Josh & Al with a take away on the defensive side but adding more competency... (Sorry Josh but you are what you show not what you know.) DON'T SLEEP ON TEAGUE!! Would you sleep on Westbrook??? Well Teague's better (Yeah I said It no homerism!!) Teague is just as athletic but has more arsenals on the offense end and understands the flow of the game a lot better... They are both pest on defense when engaged so I'll deem that a tie. Teague doesn't always play with the aggression that Westbrook consistently plays with but as Teague continues to gain that killer instinct he will help win more games. Preseason games are preseason games but believe me our players know when it's game time it's game on!! Expect the players I mentioned above to play like the stars they are knowing that they have young replacements behind them as well as a deep overall team and bench where everyone knows they have to earn their spot and minutes....
  5. Horford is fine remaining at center 0 0 21 24 < Expect Horford, not yet 100 percent, for opener By Chris Vivlamore ATHENS — There was an interesting tidbit from my interview with Al Horford Tuesday after the Hawks opened training camp on the campus of the University of Georgia. As a final question, Horford was asked – one more time – about playing center another season as he returns from a torn pectoral muscle. The 6-foot-10 Horford has played the position all seven seasons in the NBA although many, including Horford, have thought a move to power forward would be beneficial. Al Horford is returning from a torn right pectoral muscle that limited him to 29 games last season. (AJC File) “The league is changing so much and we are playing at a faster pace,” Horford said. “In this offense, the way I look at it, the 4 and the 5 are very interchangeable. Paul (Millsap) and I can both play inside and out. It works here. Before it might not have worked but here it works.” Remember before the 2013 draft, ahead his first season under Mike Budenholzer, Horford was asked by a national publication who the Hawks should take with their two first-round picks. He selected centers with both choices. A season, such as it was after being cut to just 29 games, in Budenholzer’s system seems to have changed the perspective of Horford. All the team’s big men with the exception of Elton Brand can stretch the floor. The term stretch-5 is becoming a buzzword in the NBA, with Horford, Millsap, Pero Anti&#263; and Mike Muscala capable of shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Budenholzer used the word versatile several times in referring to Horford, who can play both near and away from the basket. * Day 2 of training camp begins later this morning. I understand there were issues posting to the blog yesterday. I apologize. Those issues have been resolved. It also affected me from posting stories for a few hours. Here is a recap from Day 1 of training camp: - Horford using latest injury to examine game - Jeff Teague sporting goggles during camp - Most of Hawks arrived early in advance of camp - Defense is the priority of this camp - SportSouth to broadcast 75 games * I’m still going through all my interviews from Monday’s media day and will have more during the first week of camp from all 17 players and Budenholzer. There were several light moments during the sessions that often focused on the turmoil that has engulfed the franchise the past month. My favorite came from Dennis Schröder. The point guard, entering his second season, if there is anything noticeable about his game after adding seven or eight pounds during the summer. “I have to show that I can dunk because they put me on 2K and I can’t dunk,” joked Schröder about the video game NBA 2K15. * Return later this afternoon for updates from training camp.
  6. Next year in Atlanta? https://twitter.com/...3370496/photo/1 https://twitter.com/...8376960/photo/1
  7. This is a very deep draft class. You can get B tier players in the 2nd round. The problem is, there is only one elite players and a bunch of B tier players where system and personnel matters more for them than anything else. Getting more picks is critical in this draft. We have the 23th and 43rd pick. Our roster is: PG: Teague, Pargo SG: Joe, Hinrich, Green SF: Marvin, T-Mac PF: Smith, Ivan, Vlad C: Horford, Zaza Here are our best needs: Needs: Star true PG #1 option True Center 6th man SF or SG. Likely to draft this though if they pass on the C. Important FA's: Ivan(Likely gone), Hinrich(Gone) Trade Bait: Josh Smith and Marvin Projected Trades: Josh Smith for a top 3 pick as well as their 2nd round pick likely from Washington. Smith is better than anyone in this draft and will always be better than anyone in this draft outside of Davis. Marvin for a late 1st to Cleveland. 24th pick. Gives us the 2nd or 3rd pick as well as the 23rd, 24th, and 43rd pick. That’s 4 picks in the 1st and 2nd round. Our roster is: PG: Teague, Pargo SG: Hinrich(FA), T-Mac, Green SF: Joe PF: Ivan(FA), Vlad C: Horford, Zaza Needs: Star true PG #1 option True Center 6th man SF or SG Bench depth. 2nd or 3rd pick prospects: Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrest, Harrison Barnes, and Bradley Beal. Andre Drummond: Potential: Amare Stoudemire at Center/Robert Swift He is extremely raw. He is poor at mostly everything that isn’t physical. He is known for a low motor. He shows the Marvin Williams trait where he is too anti-aggressive and needs a superstar player to play with to get him to improve. Cannot create his own shot. Since we got his weaknesses out of the way, let’s talk about his strengths. He’s a very good movement center. The best movement center I have ever seen in college. In the NBA, he would rival Dwight in this category for true centers. Very good court vision. He has very good passing skills. Average BBIQ. He’s not bad at it but he’s nothing good either. Elite athlete. He is as athletic as Josh Smith but two inches taller, a lot longer, and has 60 pounds on Smoove. Needs to be in an environment that’s favorable for development and has a strong leader on the team or else he will fall way short of his potential. His motor scares me as well as his desire. Michael Kidd-Gilchrest: Potential: Scottie Pippen/Andre Iguodala He is a very talented player. He doesn’t have special abilities in terms of becoming a superstar without question but in the right system, he can become a star player. He has a lot of tools. Great when at the rim. Great in transition. Great coming off screens. Very good movement player. His playmaking ability makes him in essence a point forward. His game is built to be a #2 option and just that. He’s best playing as a #2 option or #3 option. If he’s given too much responsibility, he could easily fail to reach his potential. Low bust potential but doesn’t have great upside. If I was a team without a #1 option or a playmaking PG, I would pass on him but if I was a team with it or planning on getting one. Take him. Harrison Barnes: Potential: Grant Hill/ Glen Rice He is a much better player than people give him credit for. He will never be a #1 option on a contender due to his lack of creating his own shot consistently but he’s a hell of a number two option and can post stats that can be with HOF players. Great shooter. Very good scorer. Elite post player for his position. Very good court vision. High BBIQ. Great movement player. Very good defensive potential. Doesn’t have elite tools. Doesn’t have an elite first step. He is a very good prospect. Best with a team that has a system and a playmaking PG. Could falter but wouldn’t be a bust. Bradley Beal: Potential: Reggie Miller/Eric Gordon with less explosiveness but more movement ability. He is a very talented player. Could be a #1 option. Could be the #2 prospect on some teams board without question. Above Average wingspan. Elite movement player. Reminds me of Miller, Allen, and Rip in this regard. Needs to play in a system. High BBIQ. Plays within the game. Good defender and can be great. He is a complete player given the right setup. Struggles creating his own shot off the dribble. Needs to go to a system with a system or a true PG or he could be more like Kevin Martin than Reggie Miller or Allen. What I like for Atlanta is all of these guys. I am higher on Drummond than most since he is such a good movement player. If we landed a true PG, that would up his value times a thousand. Since so many teams have true PG’s, most of these players should at the very least be effective NBA players. My order for ASG: [*]MKG [*]Drummond [*]Beal [*]Barnes There are so many guys I like in this draft. But some I like but I realize their potential is all personnel and not ability. Look at my big board. : http://hawksquawk.ne...es40-big-board/ I would like to move up and package our 1st and our second rounder for an 11-14 pick. I would like target these guys: Damien Dillard, Kendall Marshall, Myers Leonard Damien Dillard Potential: Mike Conley/ Terrell Brandon Dillard is a Mike Conley type. Doesn’t have any real weaknesses at the position like Conley. Great in the PnR and has good court vision and passing skills. High BBIQ. Doesn’t turn the ball over much. Can be a game manager or a playmaker. Solid defense and has great length. Good rebounder for size. He can do it all. But like Conley, it might take him a couple years to adjust but once he does, he is the best PG in this draft. Sleeper. Kendall Marshall Potential: John Stockton/Mark Jackson Marshall has flaws. Average quickness, defensive potential, ability to beat his man off the dribble, poor laterally, if he doesn’t have a PnR PF or C, defenses will force his hand with the jumpshot and refuse to give him the lane. I know right. What he has is elite court vision, passing ability, ability to run an up-tempo or half-court offense, extremely high BBIQ, good instincts on defense and is a good athlete. He is good enough to impact the game as a rookie. His issue in general is personnel. How good he can be as a PG is based on his PnR partner more than anything else. He doesn’t have the tools to be elite for most teams but given an elite PnR PF or C (elite PnR C doesn’t exist unless you court Horford as a C) he probably won’t become elite or very good. He will be good; he doesn’t have Ricky Rubio tools. Rubio can be elite or very good almost anywhere in time. In fact, he is already very good. Myers Leonard Potential: Poor man's Dwight Howard/ rich man's Nick Collison Myers Leonard is a below average basketball player with very good potential. There hasn’t been a white player like him. He actually can be very good who uses his athletic ability to his advantage. He reminds me of an athletic Nick Collison which is a rich man’s Nick Collison. He can be a very good Center in the NBA. Can completely help a team. My order for ASG: [*]Kendall Marshall [*]Damien Dillard [*]Myers Leonard Cleveland 1st from the Marvin trade. Players to look at: Fab Melo, John Jenkins, Jeff Taylor, Royce White Fab Melo Potential: Brandon Haywood/D.J. Mbenga Fab Melo- He is the 3rd best center in this draft. He’s very raw and will be a backup for many years to come but does have starting potential but it’s far away from here. I could go into depth but rather not. John Jenkins Potential: Jeff Hornacek/J.J. Redick John Jenkins- I love John Jenkins. I had a small write-up on him in my Big Board and will profile him later. Jeff Taylor Potential: Richard Jefferson/Wilson Chandler Jeff Taylor- Richard Jefferson type. Underrated. Royce White Potential: Ivan Johnson mentality and toughness with Boris Diaw potential skill-set. Royce White- Extremely Physical player. Has solid range. Great passing ability and court vision. Willing to do what it takes to win. Head case, Artest like. Mental? Superb handles. High BBIQ. Moves extremely well. Loves to bang! I love this kids game. Sleeper. My order for ASG: [*]Royce White [*]Jeff Taylor [*]Fab Melo [*]John Jenkins We are done with picks as it stands but if we keep our pick at 43rd, I would like Drew Gordon or Henry Sims. Our roster is: PG: Marshall, Teague, Pargo SG: Joe, Hinrich(FA) , T-Mac, Green SF: MKG PF: Horford, Royce White, Ivan(FA), Vlad C: Zaza The bolded are draft picks. The italicize is Free agents. We have 39,434,471 via hoopshype in cap after the trades. We have to account for at least 6,571,300 on our cap. This means at the very least 46,005,771 via hoopsworld. This means we have a cap hold of 58.044 million and the LT is $70.307 million. We have around 12 million in capspace and 24 million till we get near the LT. With 12 million dollars, here are our needs: Needs: #1 option- We are banking on Horford being our #1 option with a true PG who excels in the PnR. True Center 6th man – Banking on Jeff Teague. SG and SF depth Bench depth Here are the 2012 NBA Free agents. http://www.hoopsworl...nba-free-agents Here are my targets: Center: Marcus Camby, Houston Rockets – $12.9 million – Unrestricted Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia 76ers – $4.1 million – Unrestricted Kwame Brown, Milwaukee Bucks – $6.8 million – Unrestricted Robin Lopez, Phoenix Suns – $2.8 million – Restricted ($4.0 million Qualifying Offer) Omer Asik, Chicago Bulls – $1.9 million – Unrestricted* Semih Erden, Cleveland Cavaliers – $0.8 million – Unrestricted* Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons – $2.2 million – Unrestricted Hasheem Thabeet, Portland Trail Blazers – $5.1 million – Unrestricted SG/SF depth: Landry Fields, New York Knicks – $0.8 million – Unrestricted* Carlos Delfino, Milwaukee Bucks – $3.5 million – Unrestricted C.J. Miles, Utah Jazz – $3.7 million – Unrestricted Jodie Meeks, Philadelphia 76ers – $0.9 million – Unrestricted* Marco Belinelli, New Orleans Hornets – $3.4 million – Unrestricted Bill Walker, New York Knicks – $0.9 million – Unrestricted Dahntay Jones, Indiana Pacers – $2.7 million – Player Option ($2.9 million) Sam Young, Philadelphia 76ers – $0.9 million – Unrestricted* Andres Nocioni, Philadelphia 76ers – $6.7 million – Unrestricted Here is how I rank them: [*]Spencer Hawes [*]Marcus Camby [*]Omar Aisk [*]Landry Fields [*]Andres Nocioni [*]Jeremy Evans [*]Bill Walker [*]Hasheem Thabeet [*]Ben Wallace [*]Robin Lopez [*]C.J. Miles [*]Jodie Meeks [*]Semi Erden [*]Kwame Brown [*]Dahntay Jones [*]Sam Young We must sign one of the top three centers that affordable for us. We must not overpay for any of them as well. Camby is a 6-8 million/ 2 year deal guy. Hawes is probably worth 7-8 million per a year but will get 9-11 million. That’s very expensive. I would rather Aisk if the asking price for Hawes is too high. We have to land one of these guys. We need to add depth but I can see the vet min guys again. I would like to add Ben Wallace as a center instead of someone like Dampier again. I would pass on resigning Ivan and Pargo. The rest can probably stay. The roster after the Free Agencies losses. PG: Marshall, Teague SG: Joe, T-Mac, Green SF: MKG PF: Horford, Royce White, Vlad C: Zaza, Collins If we make the right signing: PG: Marshall, Teague SG: Joe , T-Mac, Green SF: MKG, Nocioni or Fields PF: Horford, Royce White, Vlad C: Hawes or Camby, Zaza, Collins or Big Ben This gives a potential team that can be as good as or much better than the Utah Jazz teams in their prime. Marshall has potential to be Stockton like. MKG is superior Byron Russell. Joe is superior to Jeff H. Al has the ability and talent to be Karl Malone 2.0. Hawes and Camby is superior to Greg Ostertag or Greg Foster but prime Eaton is probably as good or better than both players. http://www.basketbal...s/UTA/1998.html Utah: PG: Stockton, Eisley, J. Vaughn SG: Hornacek, Anderson SF: Russell, Adam Keefe PF: Malone, Carr C: Ostertag, Greg Foster We can be just has great in the future if not better. We got rid of all the low BBIQ players who get in the way and added a true PG with talent and a true center. Stockton to Malone is relived to Marshall to Horford. I do think if Washington land Josh Smith, that would be scary. John Wall vet SG Singleton Josh Smith Nene/Seraphin is one hell of a starting line-up and John might actually get a lot better with this type of personnel. So trade Josh Smith with caution. Also if Cleveland lands a top SG my goodness. Irving Beal Marvin Thompson Andy V. That's a playoff team especially when you think about how much better Irving makes players around him better. Marvin would be in heaven compared to the shit here. Go Hawks!
  8. Both are two very talented players. nbasuperstar40's profiles of both players. Please bare with me on Josh Smith. I wrote it first so it doesn’t have the best formatting but Al Horford is a great read. Properly section and what not. Josh Smith: Smith is one of the most talented players in the NBA. He is a supremely athletic, elite defensive player. He is our best defensive player since Mutombo. On top of that he has some solid offensive skills. He has a solid array of post moves. Decent footwork in the low post. An up-tempo player with great ability to run the floor. Smart defensive player. Can play PF and SF. Can defend the post at PF at a solid clip. Understanding of timing of blocks and steals is second to none for Smoove only comparable to Dwight. In fact, he is a lot like Dwight on defense. Dwight just has more athletic ability, great size, has elite defensive bbiq, and a better help side defense. Has elite recovery ability when beaten on defense. Processes excellent speed for his position and runs like deer. Rarely is in foul trouble. People do not realize how discipline Smith is on defense. Clutch defender. Smith plays with a strong fire and passion for the game. Smith has talent in bunches on offense too. He passes the ball as well as any low post player in the NBA. He has very good court vision from the post and the top of the key. Very good jumper within 15 feet. Understands where to be on offensive plays and where everyone else should be as well. He really excels in a full court offense. He is a talented rebounder by his timing and god given athletic ability. Very good playmaker. Very good hands. Strong finisher when on the move. Good second and third step. Smith definitely has an impact on the game. Smith really has room to grow in terms of being a better decision maker. He still has untapped potential. Smith has potential to really put up great numbers for teams that aren't so good. He has limitations that prevent him to getting to that next level as a player. He has low offensive bbiq. He lacks movement in the half court when it's not called in the play. He lacks innovation when he doesn't have the ball in his hands on offense. He lacks understanding of his limitations. He does not know his limitations. He has slew feet which hinders his perimeter man defense. This not a killer for his defense. Lebron James and Dwight Howard also have slew feet but Dwight doesn’t guard perimeter guys. He mainly anchors from the low post and Lebron has so many tools and he is so stronger and his ability to recover is great he make hide it. His lack of position and size really affects his overall ability even with great talents. Smith lacks the ability to create his own offense at a very good rate. He can create his offense at a solid rate. Rarely boxes out for rebounds. Poor all around ball handler. It prevents him from reaching his potential on so many levels. From creating his shot, beating people off the dribble, leading the fast break and playing SF full time. Has trouble getting position on the blocks due to his size. Most PF’s who are All Star level or higher have an explosive first step that rivals guards. For someone with his speed, you expect better. Smith has severe issues in terms of his impact. He has the ability to impact every game he plays in more ways than most players and more so anyone on the Hawks. He has the innate ability to keep the Hawks in games as well as lose them. He can go through mental withdrawal during games and never come out of them. He can have an attitude issue. When frustrated, he will lose composure. This is quite different from players like Dwight Howard who also have attitude issues. He can still positively impact the game with his; Smith actually cannot when he has issues. He also is inconsistent to an extreme level but I really feel that it has to do with his mental state than his ability. Just because of his flaws, he will always have consistency issues. But mental flaws are there with Smith. This may cause some teams to fear that he’s a guy you can have as a major part of a championship team. Some may view him as a 6th man and not a starter for a contender but I disagree. I feel he can be a major part of a title team and even a second option given a coach who willing to put up with Smith and a PG who can create his offense and run a full court offense full time. Steve Nash is prime example of that PG. Smith is a very good player. He can have elite impact as well as NBA bench player impact any given game. He is at best as the #1 option on a bad team or 6th man on a contender. He would be even better than is level if he was able to play with an uptempo playmaker at PG who plays fast like Steve Nash. Then he could actually have elite impact more so than not. Needs to play next to a true center who rebounds well and stays around the basket a lot as well. His defense is a good enough reason why he would start every game for almost all NBA teams. Josh Smith grades: Shooting: 6.2 Interior Scoring: 8.4 Attacking the basket/Slashing: 7.0 Athleticism: 9.8 Rebounding: 8.9 Defense: 9.9 Intelligence: 7.1 Scoring: 8.1 Playmaking: 8.0 Decision Making: 5.7 Intangibles: 5.1 Passing: 8.7 Ball Handling: 5.7 Offensive Movement: 5.9 Help Side Defense: 9.8 Blocking: 9.4 Stealing: 8.5 Man Defense: 7.0 Strength: 7.9 Speed: 8.9 Overall: 156/20= 7.80 Examples: 5-5.5- Fringe NBA player (Collins, Wilkins) 5.6-6.0- NBA bench player (Zaza, Jamal C.) 6.1-6.5- Role player (Marvin healthy, K. Martin, Felton) 6.6-7.0- Proven Starter (Bogut, Nene, Billups, E. Gordon) 7.1-7.5- Fringe All Star (Granger, Ellis, Curry, Z-Bo, Love) 7.6-8.0- All Star (Horford, Smith, Joe, LMA, Nash, KG, Rondo, Bosh, B. Griffin) 8.1-8.5- Superstar (Dirk, CP3, Deron) 8.6-9- GOAT status (Kobe, Dwight, Lebron) only them currently have that status. Al Horford After the first small write-up, I seemed extremely scatterbrained. I will section this one. Offense- Strengths: Very good mid range jumper. In fact, when he is open, he has an elite mid range jumper. Good ball handler. He can beat bigger or slower defenders on the dribble. Good speed for his position. Has excellent foot speed for his size. Very good athlete. It gives him a major advantage when bursting to the basket from the perimeter from a screen. Very high Offensive bbiq. Has very good passing ability out of the post. Decent court vision. Boxes out at a solid rate. Very good offensive rebounder. Has potential to be elite at it. Good instincts in terms of the offense and plays within himself. Sneaky quick for his position. Here is where he truly excels, movement. He has excellent innovative skills. He will break the offense if he sees something open that wasn’t there. Has elite movement moving around the court. Is a very tough matchup for any defender because he is always moving. He is extremely aggressive setting picks. Knows how to set clean picks and is quick enough to get open after the pick. Strong finisher. Excellent Hands. Elite motor. Can play several positions on offense and is versatile. He second and third step is good. Get position in the post at a good clip. Has a vocal presence. Processes very good intangibles and still has room to grow. Excellent in terms of attacking the basket after setting picks. Has a strong desire to win. Weaknesses: Al cannot create his own shot. He’s just not talented enough to do so. He doesn’t have great low post skills. Solid low post skills and can command a double team but can be stopped by a good defender on the blocks. Has trouble shooting when he isn’t open. This is not unusual for most NBA players but for an All Star talent it is. Decent first step for his position. This is something where he differs from most studs. Most PF’s who are All Star level or higher have an explosive first step that rivals guards. For someone with his footwork, you expect better. He second and third step is good. Not aggressive enough with his offense. He is willing to take a back seat and when he forces his offense, it looks even worst. Not much of a playmaker. Is strong as an ox. Could grow in terms of attacking the basket when he is not using PnR’s. Average to say the least as a NBA player. Was strong at it in college. Defense- Strengths: Elite defensive bbiq. This really makes him tough even when out of position. His excellent footwork makes him such a multi-purpose defender. He has at times defended all five positions. His quickness keeps him in position when the offensive player has a good skill set of moves. Very good post defender. Excellent rebounder and has move for improvement especially given his current situation in Atlanta. Is solid at shot blocking. Good recovery ability. Very good athlete and that helps him as well. Elite team defender. Rarely commits silly fouls. Clutch defender. Weaknesses: Not much of a help side defender, in fact he’s not that good at it. Can get into early foul trouble. He does struggle with bigger players who are very talented. He can be beaten by screens on occasion. While he is a great man defender, he can struggle to defend the PnR at times. This really didn’t happen much under Hinrich as much as Bibby. I wonder if this was just Bibby fault since he is a horrible defender. Al Horford grades: Shooting: 8.5 Interior Scoring: 7.6 Attacking the basket/Slashing: 7.0 Athleticism: 8.8 Rebounding: 9.1 Defense: 9.3 Intelligence: 9.3 Scoring: 7.9 Playmaking: 6.0 Decision Making: 9.1 Intangibles: 8.8 Passing: 8.0 Ball Handling: 7.0 Offensive Movement: 10 Help Side Defense: 5.9 Blocking: 7.4 Stealing: 7.2 Man Defense: 8.5 Strength: 8.8 Speed: 8.0 Overall: 162.2/20=8.11 Horford grades came out slightly higher but with his current personnel and lack of PG, he really doesn’t have a chance to reach is potential at the moment. Smith grades were very different. He had more strengths than Horford but had more weaknesses and several on them were severe weaknesses. Personally both are two of the best players in the NBA.
  9. I was reevaluating the roster again. I liked some of what I saw. Josh Smith is still the same player talent and skill wise but he has greatly improved his attitude. I have never been a fan of Smith. His game is too inconsistent, he has low offensive BBIQ, and he’s not a championship player. I do love how talented he is and how versatile he is. I was on the do not resign Josh Smith bus when he was a FA till the final month as I changed my mind since it seemed like we weren’t going to get the player we really need in place of Smith. Al Horford- Incomplete. Hurt. Joe Johnson- He is no longer a Robin in my eyes. He is becoming a role player. This is scary to say the least. He should completely fall from grace in three seasons. Jeff Teague- He showed he has very good talent. Problems- He doesn’t fit. He’s not a true PG nor does he have passing ability, playmaking skills, or the ability to run an offense. He does more harm than good in each possession. His man defense is very good but his team defense is very bad. I am worried in this system and our personnel that he’s bound to peak at Devin Harris level. Teague mentality is what bothers me the most. He is mentally weak. His confidence swings like a hurricane. It’s hard seeing Jeff reach his potential. It’s really hard seeing Jeff reach his potential in this offense with our personnel. To me mentality is harder to overcome than Josh’s issues. Because, you just don’t wake up generally and mentally change. Marvin is not going to wake up tomorrow and say, I want to be a star all season long. Could it? yes. Will it? no. Kirk Hinrich- Kirk has been hurt. When he has played he showed great defensive abilities and not such a good offensive player. I still see more positive possessions from Hinrich than Teague by a large margin. At this point of his career, Hinrich is a role player. Best on a team like LAL where he can be a 5th option on offense. Atlanta offense is a highly PG dominate offense and you need a PG who can create for himself or others, pass, run the offense, and be able to control tempo. This is the same system, New Orleans, Cleveland, Dallas, Utah, and New York have. I keep hearing about D’Antoni offense needing a PG but the teams I listed ALL need PG's as well. They just don’t get attention nationally. Marvin- He has been good this season. He is very talented but his mentality, drive, and will is bad. He will likely never be more passionate about the game but he can play. He’s a good offensive talent and a very good defensive talent. Has a history with his back. Zaza- He has probably been the most improved player on the Hawks this year. He is now an average NBA center. He still isn’t a legit starter to me. Ivan- He is a keeper. He needs to play 10-15 min for now. The bench mob- T-Mac is finished as a starter but as a 12-18 min guy, he is still good for. Pargo is an below average PG. Green is a below average SG. Stack sucks. Rad is a below average PF. Damp sucks. ASG and Sund- They suck. They really do. They really don't understand how bad this is to watch. We greatly need to make a move that doesn't effect the core and not a stupid one either. As for Sund. I like the Hinrich move. It made sense and still does. We needed someone who can play PG. The problem is our offense is one where the PG is ball dominate and Hinrich isn't that type of player on offense. Hinrich on defense was a major upgrade and a big reason why we beat Orlando. I like him passing on Jamal as well. I like all of Sund's move so far but his worst move is no move if he doesn't make a trade at the deadline. I created a trade thread on moves we should make: http://hawksquawk.ne...erall-upgrades/ Needs Point Guard. We need someone who’s a starter. I don’t care if it’s Nash, Lin, Mayo(serious gem used wrong in system. ex. Billups, Z-Bo, etc), Lowry, Rubio, Wall, or Deron. Center. We need a starting quality center. He needs size. We can’t get Dwight so we aren’t getting anyone dominate and demanding but I hope we get someone decent. More depth at SG and SF. I feel we can get younger at these positions. We need to move from Joe as the #1 option but we don’t have any choices. Teague, no. Smith, too inconsistent. Hinrich, no. Horford, hurt and no. Ugh…