Hawks Player Season Reviews: The Benchwarmers

Edy Tavares of the Atlanta Hawks poses for a portrait during the 2015 NBA rookie photo shoot on August 8, 2015 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York.

As we transition in to the off season, we at Hawks Talk will be taking an in depth look at each player’s performance this season. Today we’ll being with a look at the players who had little to no impact on the court this season.

Walter “Edy” Tavares

It came as a shock when Edy signed with the Hawks this past summer. A few months earlier, he signed an extension with his overseas team. As expected, Edy wasn’t yet able to create much of an impact this season for the Hawks. He appeared in just 11 games averaging (2.2) points, (1.9) rebounds, and (.5) blocks per game. 

Tavares did show some promise in the D-League where he averaged nearly (10) points per game, (9) rebounds per game, and (3) blocks per game. As he continues to work on his hands, and overall defense, Edy should soon be available to make an impact for this team. 

Lamar Patterson

Hawks guard Lamar Patterson drives against Spurs guard Jimmer Fredette during the second half in their preseason basketball game on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Lamar started the season off in the rotation after surprisingly making the roster during training camp. As the season started, Patterson fell out the Hawks rotation and ended up spending most of his time with Tavares in the D-League. Although a solid player, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see him get cut this off-season if the Hawks need a roster spot to acquire a key free agent.

Kirk Hinrich

Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Ray McCallum #5 of the Memphis Grizzlies at Philips Arena on March 12, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kirk was acquired on the day of the Trade Deadline in exchange for Shelvin Mack and Justin Holiday. Although Bud tried to hint that Hinrich would be of some value to us on the court that never really panned out. He was part of the 20/20 club; only making appearances in blowouts. He was brought here for mere locker room veteran presence and emergency injury backup. After game four’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he quickly existed Philips and didn’t appear at exit interviews leading me to believe he will not be back. 

Shelvin Mack 

Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) drives to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards Friday, March 11, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 114-93. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Rick Bowmer, AP

Due to the brilliant play of backup Point Guard Dennis Schroeder, Shelvin never could really find himself any minutes this season. In what most likely was a favor to him, Bud sent him to Utah who desperately needed depth at the point guard spot. Mack quickly became the starting point guard in Utah and posted numbers of nearly 13 points per game and over 5 assists per game. Unfortunately, Mack could find be in a difficult position again next year with some of Utah’s point guards coming back from injuries that ended their season.

Justin Holiday

Mar 31, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday (7) reacts after scoring during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

When Justin was signed I thought he was going to be the next Demarre/Bazemore type signing. Holiday put up solid numbers when he got opportunities in Golden State but the same couldn’t be said here in Atlanta. He was never able to crack the rotation and was shipped to Chicago at the trade deadline. Holiday ended up putting in some solid work for the Bulls to end the season and I think he still has a bright future in this league. 


Phil Veasley: @ATLHawksPhil

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