Thank You Kent Bazemore

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Thank you Kent Bazemore for your hard work, dedication and smile that kept the Hawks soaring thru the ups and downs . Five years ago you came to us as a 24 year old underrated forward with a lot to prove. You were an undrafted free agent and showed some promise on your last team before going down with a tendon injury. But that didn’t stop the Hawks from taking a chance on you and it damn sure paid off.

Your first year with the Hawks was more like your early career playing little minutes trying to fit in the new system, but the upcoming years you blossomed into a solid role player, helping the Hawks to their best seasons yet with some playoff success, eventually earning the 4 year 70 million contract you received in 2016. We watched you score your career highs, become a lock down defender, develop a 3 point shot and have some of the flashiest dunks in the NBA.

We will miss your growth and leadership with this young team and also the patented Baze Gaze that had everybody laughing. We wish you the best and hope you excel on your new team.

Thank You Kent

By: Evan Nix

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Atlanta Hawks 2019 NBA Draft Recap

Atlanta moved up to the #4 pick in the draft in a trade with New Orleans. With that pick, the Hawks selected De’Andre Hunter, the 6’7″ guard/forward out of Virginia. Hunter is most known for his outstanding defense.

Atlanta acquired their 10th overall pick in the draft night trade last year with Dallas which also involved the exchange of Trae Young and Luka Dončić. With that pick, Atlanta selected Cam Reddish, the 6’8″ guard/forward from Duke University. Reddish is known for his ability as a knockdown three point shooter.

The Hawks got the 34th overall pick in the draft in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. That pick turned into Bruno Fernando, the 6’10” forward from Maryland. Fernando averaged a double-double in his sophomore season with Maryland.

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Atlanta Hawks Draft Profile: Jarrett Culver

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With the Atlanta Hawks having three first round picks, they might try and trade up to get Jarrett Culver. Culver is a shooting guard from Texas Tech. He is 6’6 195 pounds and would fit perfectly for the Hawks. Culver plays very good defense as he has quick hands and great defensive instincts. Culver is also an above average rebounder for a man of his size and is a difficult matchup for anyone in the fast break. Last season, he played a huge role in Texas Tech’s offense as he averaged 18.5 points per game, while also shooting 46.1 percent. Culver also average 3.7 assists and averaged 6.4 rebounds per game. He shot 30.4 percent from three averaged 32.5 minutes. Culver is such a threat offensively, that he can easily draw defenders especially when he drives to the paint.

One of the things that makes Culver so good is that he has the ability to make a big play when his team needs it. Everyone saw this in the NCAA tournament where Culver help lead Texas Tech to the National Championship against Virginia. Culver’s best game of the tournament came against Michigan in the Sweet 16 where he finished the game with 22 points, 3 steals, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. He did struggle some in the tournament, but was able to help Texas Tech when he was off. Despite the loss to Virginia in the national championship game, Culver still was able to get 9 rebounds, had 5 assists, and 2 steals.

The one weakness that Culver does have is his three point shooting. In his Freshman year, he shot 38.2 percent from three. In his Sophomore season, he shot 30.4 percent from three (as previously stated in the article). It is expected that whoever gets Culver, he will improve his three point shooting. Even though Culver’s three point shooting still isn’t great, defenders still have to respect his shot. Despite Culver’s three point shooting difficulties, he would be a great get for the Hawks. Whoever gets Culver in the draft, he will make an immediate impact.

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By: Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599

Top 10 Rookie Seasons In Atlanta Hawks History

With all of the build up leading to this year’s NBA draft, I decided to put together my list of the best rookie seasons the Hawks franchise has ever seen. The Hawks have drafted many legends and hopefully, future legends.

#10 Josh Smith

Josh Smith was selected by Atlanta in the 1st round of the 2004 NBA Draft with the 17th overall pick. Smith was drafted straight out of Oak Hill Academy, a high school known for producing NBA talent. He was a 6’9″ forward who could jump out of the building. Fans loved him because of his highflying dunks and monster blocks. He was even entered into the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest during All Star Weekend in his rookie year. He scored three perfect 50s in a row to win the Slam Dunk Contest. His stat line for his rookie year consisted of 9.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game. That was enough to add him to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team.

#9 John Collins

The Atlanta Hawks selected John Collins, a 6’10” forward from Wake Forest, with the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Just like Smith, Collins is known for his leaping ability and emphatic rim stuffers. In his rookie season, he didn’t have much of an outside game. He mainly stayed in the post or did pick and rolls with our point guard at the time, Dennis Schröder. John was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Now, Collins has proven to be a steal in that draft, being picked five spots outside of the lottery. He will be a focal point for this team moving into the future.

#8 Stacey Augmon

Stacey Augmon was selected with the 9th overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft by Atlanta. Augmon was a 6’8″ shooting guard/small forward. He started all 82 games for Atlanta in his rookie year. Stacey, nicknamed “The Plastic Man,” averaged 13.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.5 steals. Augmon earned his nickname due to his athletic ability. He was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team.

#7 Al Horford

The Atlanta Hawks selected Al Horford with the 3rd overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Horford is a 6’10” Center out of the University of Florida. Horford started the majority of his games played during his rookie year. He nearly averaged a double-double. He had 10.1 points and 9.7 rebounds a game. For an undersized center, Horford held his own down low. He averaged 0.9 blocks per game and 0.7 steals per game. He was selected to the All-Rookie First Team for the NBA. Al Horford helped Atlanta continue their long stretch of playoff appearances.

#6 Lou Hudson

“Sweet” Lou Hudson was selected by the St. Louis Hawks with the 4th overall pick in the 1966 NBA Draft. All though not in Atlanta, the St. Louis Hawks are apart of the same franchise. Hudson was a 6’5″ shooting guard who averaged 18.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Lou made the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team for the 1966-67 season. Lou represented the Hawks six times in a row in the NBA All-Star Game from 1968-1974. After his rookie year, Hudson was called to serve in the U.S. military. When he came back the following season, the franchise had moved to Atlanta. He also became teammates with another Hawks legend, Pete Maravich for years.

#5 Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins, “The Human Highlight Film,” was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 3rd overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft. Wilkins had no interest in playing for Utah. They decided to trade Wilkins before the start of the season to Atlanta in return for John Drew, Freeman Williams, and $1 million. I think it’s pretty safe to say that Atlanta won that trade as Dominique went on to be Hall of Famer and probably the best Hawk of all time. In Wilkins’ rookie year, he averaged 17.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.0 steals. That was enough to land him on the All-Rookie First Team.

#4 John Drew

John Drew was another steal by the Atlanta Hawks on draft night. Drew selected with the 7th pick in the 2nd round of the 1974 NBA Draft. In his first professional season, he averaged 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. Drew played power forward and small forward even though he was undersized for those positions at 6’6″. This was Drew’s only season of his career averaging over 10 rebounds a game. Drew also made the All-Rookie First Team.

#3 Pete Maravich

“Pistol” Pete Maravich was selected by Atlanta with the 3rd overall pick in the 1970 NBA Draft. Maravich is another icon in Atlanta sports. He was known for his very flashy handles and passes. He was one of the first players to use the behind the back pass. His rookie season saw averages of 23.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Maravich, as expected, made the All-Rookie First Team. Maravich was given his famous nickname of “Pistol” because of his unique shooting form. His shot started at his hip, much like a gunman pulling his pistol from its holster. He even wore “Pistol” on the back of his uniform instead of last name.

#2 Bob Pettit

Bob Pettit was selected my the Milwaukee Hawks with the 2nd pick of the 1st round in the 1954 NBA Draft. Pettit’s rookie year was spent in Milwaukee until the team moved to St. Louis where he spent the rest of his 11-year NBA career. Pettit was an all star every single year of his career. Pettit came into the league dominating. In his rookie year, he averaged 20.4 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. He was named Rookie of the Year and even made the All-NBA First Team! It was tough putting him at #2 on this list, but he played in the 50s and 60s when there was very little tough competition. That’s not taking anything away from him; Pettit brought this franchise their only Championship.

#1 Trae Young

One of the most recent additions to the team is nun other than rookie sensation, Trae Young. The Atlanta Hawks had the 3rd pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. They selected Luka Dončić but eventually traded him to the Dallas Mavericks who selected Trae Young with the 5th overall pick. There were many critics saying Trae would fail miserably in the NBA. They said he was too small and made poor decisions. Trae definitely proved all of the critics wrong. He finished the season averaging 19.1 points, 8.1 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game. Trae is also in the running for Rookie of the Year against Luka Dončić and Deandre Ayton. Trae had kind of a rough start to the season. He was averaging about 16 points and 6 assists, but his shooting percentages were very poor. After the all star break, a switch seemed to be flipped. He was shooting the ball more efficiently while averaging around 25 points and 9 assists per game! Those are MVP caliber numbers. Trae proved to be a great scorer and a great playmaker. He had many high scoring games and high assist games, but no game compared to his 49 point, 16 assist outing against Chicago. Trae Young is the future of this franchise and will lead us going into the future. He has all of the potential in the world and is the best rookie the Hawks have ever seen.

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Staff, STACK. “Josh Smith on Motivation and the Importance of Academics.” STACK, 30 Sept. 2010, http://www.stack.com/a/josh-smith-on-motivation-and-his-love-of-the-game.

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“Checklist for Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford to Be Even Better This Season.” Google, Google, http://www.google.com/amp/s/syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/1837380-checklist-for-atlanta-hawks-al-horford-to-be-even-better-this-season.amp.html.

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“ICYMI: Dominique Wilkins Talks Statue, Legacy, And What’s Next For The Hawks.” Google, Google, http://www.google.com/amp/s/atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/09/19/icymi-dominique-wilkins-talks-statue-legacy-and-whats-next-for-the-hawks/amp/.

“Forgotten Star John Drew Ranks among Best Basketball Players from Alabama – Al.com.” Google, Google, http://www.google.com/amp/s/articles.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/07/forgotten_star_john_drew_ranks.amp.

“Hawks Honor the Legendary ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich with Amazing Tribute.” Google, Google, http://www.google.com/amp/s/www.foxsports.com/nba/story/hawks-honor-the-legendary-pistol-pete-maravich-with-amazing-tribute-030417?amp=true.

“Jen.” St. Louis Walk of Fame, 14 Jan. 2019, stlouiswalkoffame.org/inductee/bob-pettit/.

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BREAKING: Hawks trade Prince to Nets

The Atlanta Hawks made a big trade today as they send Taurean Prince and a 2021 second round pick to the Nets. The Nets send Allen Crabbe, the 17th pick in this year’s draft, and a protected pick for the 2020 draft. The Hawks will get the Nets pick next season if the Nets finish anywhere between 1 and 14. The Hawks now have the 8th, 10th, and 17th picks in the first round. The Hawks also have six total picks with three in the first and three in the second. Now with Atlanta having these picks, it gives them more options to move up in the draft or exchange these picks for a young player.

Hawks receiving Crabbe does mean that they will pay him $18 million next season. However, he is in his final year of his contract that he originally signed with the Nets. Crabbe did miss some time with a knee injury last season. He did average 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1,1 assists last season. It will be interesting to see how well Crabbe will fit into coach Pierce’s system. For more updates on this trade and all things Atlanta Hawks follow @ATLHawks_Talk on twitter.

 

By: Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599

Report: Hawks Interested In Re-signing Dewayne Dedmon

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In the Summer of 2017, the Atlanta Hawks signed, center, Dewayne Dedmon to a two year, $14 million deal. That deal has now come to an end, but Atlanta has shown interest in resigning the 7’0″ big man according to Shams Charania with The Athletic. If he was retained, it would likely be on another short-term deal.

Dedmon is coming off of his best season of his 6 year NBA career. He averaged 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. Dewayne even stretched his game out to the three point line. He attempted 3.4 threes a game and shot 38.2% from distance. He, along with Atlanta’s other center, Alex Len, was in the top 10 for threes made by centers last season.

He definitely played a role in the success Atlanta did have this year. If the Hawks decide to draft a big man in the upcoming draft, Dedmon could be an important veteran to help teach that player. Even though Dedmon probably isn’t a focal point for our future, he would be a nice asset for next season, as Atlanta could make a push for the playoffs.

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