2016 NBA Free Agency: Underrated Possible Signings for the Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks enter Free Agency with a lot of money to spend. If we are unable to retain Kent Bazemore and/or Al Horford, here are four Free Agents that are under the radar who could make an impact on the Hawks immediately.

Festus Ezeli:

2015-16 Season Averages: (7.0) Points Per Game, (5.6) Rebounds Per Game, (1.1) Blocks Per Game

After spending four seasons in Golden State, the fifth year veteran back-up center is a restricted free agent and could receive a few offers this Summer. Ezeli was a very valuable backup center for the Warriors last season. Although he missed 31 games due to a successful arthroscopic surgery to clean out debris from his left knee, he finished with (7.0) points per game, (5.6) rebounds per game, (1.1) blocks per game and shot 54% for the season. During the Finals, many were asking for Ezeli to start over veteran center Andrew Bogut, whom struggled in their Finals loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Festus would be a solid backup center for the Hawks or in the worst case scenario, he could even start. He’s still young and has tons of upside.

Evan Turner:

2015-16 Season Averages: (10.5)Points Per Game,  (4.9) Rebounds Per Game, (4.5) Assists Per Game

Evan Turner, in my opinion, will be one of the under rated players in his position for the Free Agency class.Turner was a solid role player for the Boston Celtics last season as they finished 48-34 on the season and he averaged double digits in points for the first time in the regular season since his final year in Philadelphia. Turner finished the season averaging (10.5) points per game, (4.9) rebounds per game, (4.5) assists per game, and shot a career high (45%) on the year as well.

In their first round series loss to our Atlanta Hawks, Turner was a key contributor posting a playoff career high (13.2) points per game, (4.5) assists per game, (1.3) blocks per game, (1.0) steals per game and started for Boston when shooting guard Avery Bradley was injured for the remainder of the series. Turner’s not a household name, but he’s a serviceable player whether you need him to start a few games or give points from the second unit . He’s a solid option for a backup wing player for the Hawks if Coach Bud pursues him.

Jeremy Lin:

 2015-16 Season Averages: (11) Points Per Game, (3.2) Rebounds Per Game,  (3.0) Assists Per Game

Last off-season, the Charlotte Hornets gave Jeremy Lin a two-year, $4.3 million dollars contract.  Lin is an offensive minded, attacking point guard. We all knew that already. During his season with the Hornets, Lin turned in to a go to scorer off the bench, averaging 11.7 points per game, 3 assists per game, and 3 rebounds per game. Lin had a couple explosive games last season, and showed flashes of his “Linsanity” days. During the playoffs, he was a key contributor for the Hornets as they forced the Miami Heat to seven games.

During the playoffs, Lin posted (12.4) points per game, (2.6) assist per game, (2.3) rebounds per game, and shot (41%). Jeremy was the perfect backup to Kemba Walker during one of the best seasons in team history and he could do the same for Dennis Schroder. Although he still struggles at times with inconsistent outings, the Hawks are very thin at point guard and the market for point guards is lukewarm at best.

Allen Crabbe (Restricted) 

Season Averages: (10.3) Points Per Game, (2.7) Rebounds Per Game, (1.2) Assists Per Game

Another option the Hawks could consider at the wing would be Blazers shooting guard/small forward Allen Crabbe. He came on strong this year and he has a very bright future. He could come to Atlanta and start if Kent Bazemore leaves. Allen Crabbe is a 24-year-old restricted free agent that just completed his third season with the Blazers. He averaged 10 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 39% from the three-point arc in 81 appearances, 26 minutes per game.

Phil Veasley- @ATLHawksPhil

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