Time for a lineup change?
The Hawks starters lineup looked disjointed at times last night. Part of this could’ve been jitters but something more stood out to me. There were several instances where the ball just was not moving and 4 players were all on one side of the court. When Dennis Schroder and Thabo Sefolosha were in the game, the Hawks offense flowed much better. One of the most notable things was how more energy and effort was evident in the team. Thabo was a menace, diving on the floor, disrupting plays and even forcing steals. Thabo should become a starter immediately! As for Dennis Schroder, he was the Player of the Game against Detroit. Shroder was penetrating the defense and aggressively got in the paint with ease. Against Detroit, he was more engaged and confident than our All-Star point guard, Jeff Teague. I’m not suggesting for the Hawks to bench Jeff Teague yet but I am proposing a unique line up. Against Detroit, Dennis Schroder had a +/- percentage of +5 and Thabo Sefalosha would have a -1, while starters Jeff Teague accounted for a +/- total of -23 and Kent Bazemore’s was -17.
|Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer speaks with guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/ John Bazemore)|
My proposed lineup will provide more minutes for Schroder and give him the opportunity to provide a major impact to the starting unit while still not having tthe entire load of the team on his shoulders. If that was Atlanta’s proposed lineup, it would be intriguing to see how the rotation would adjust since both of your two main point guards starting. My suggestion is around the 6:00 minute mark Schroder and Horford would exit for Kyle Korver and Thiago Splitter. Soon, you could bring Kent Bazemore in the gamer. Teague would remain in the game until around the 2:00 minute mark (Shelvin Mack could come in for those two minutes) if not the whole first quarter with Schroder coming back in to start the second quarter with our usual rotation for the rest of the game.
In conclusion, as I stated earlier, I’m not saying it’s time to bench Jeff Teague; however, I do think our rotation can use a few adjustments and Coach Bud can give third-year point guard Dennis Schroder a bigger role on this team. What do y’all think? Let us know on @Hawks_TalkATL
Phil Veasley- @ATLHawksPhil