I think Ferry has done one heckuva job with the Plan B of the offseason, after Howard ignored the hometown pull.
Behind him is Elton Brand, a former #1 overall pick that is coming to the end, but has a lot of experience, and in small minutes could be great, or even could go HUGE with a Brand/Horford/Millsap front court. What the Hawks have given Coach Bud is some serious rebounders, who can score at times. None are going to go off for 40 on a given night, but 3 guys giving you 18/8 and good rim protection to boot? This could be something special.
Second Rounder Mike Muscala is a camp body, but might be able to stick around longer than most second round picks.
Backing him up is DeMarre Carroll who works HARD on defense and never stops moving. I think he could start playing some serious minutes here, almost like a Bruce Bowen for the Hawspurs.
Lou Williams has been moved almost exclusively to the SG position, dispite being smaller than I am, and can chug along at 15ppg the issue is Jeff Teague is only 6-2 himself, meaning large guards will continue to give the Hawks fits and make Horford work harder than he should.
Backing Williams up is John Jenkins who is 6-4, still a little small for the position, but is not the scorer that Williams is, but at least won’t be pushed around as easily. This is still a GAPING hole in the Hawks lineup, and Steve Smith isn’t walking through that door.
Finally Jared Cunningham is a camp body, if he lasts that long.
With this front court, getting 7.2 APG again would be a MAJOR disappointment. and even at a reduced scoring role, 14.6 PPG should be fine of pick and rolls. He does shoot pretty well for a PG, so there is not a ton not to love about the guy, but he has to get more buckets to have the numbers to back up the contract.
Lou Williams can play some backup, but thats a hard thing to do long term, the “true”backup is Dennis Schroder who is also a bit undersized, but if he game translates to the NBA, will leave a defensive hole , but might bump the scoring up even more.
Shelvin Mack is another camp body.
, I love what Ferry has done, especially considering how many problems he had getting a team together in Cleveland.
I do love the Spurs template that the Hawks are following, and to be honest, I think they would had some issues if they did get Howard. I think they are better off without him.
The big issue that MASSIVE hole at shooting guard. They need size and some outside shooting here.
Now I am not saying they need to find some 6-8 guy and throw in there, but the lack of size in the backcourt is going to cause some issues on the rim and might have an already over-worked Horford even more energy.
but a good third guard that can come in and help on the rotations should be Ferry’s number 1 objective going forward.
Even a guy like Klay Thompson or even OJ Mayo might have been worth taking a flier on. Maybe finding a good combo guard from a team that needs scoring, that is too scared of Ben Gordon’s massive contract will take Lou Williams off their hands.
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