Another year, another whole new look for our Atlanta Hawks squad.
As we have seen for the past few summers, the Hawks do not stand pat year to year. This summer was no different. With training camp opening on Monday, lets take a look at how I see the rotation and stat lines shaping out.
Mike Budenholzer and the club decided to part ways shortly after the season. GM Travis Schlenk ditched troubled Point Guard Dennis Schroder for the college superstar Trae Young. Out are mainstays such as Mike Muscala and Malcolm Delaney for Alex Len and Jeremy Lin. Add in the dynamic rookies Omari Spellman and Kevin Huerter alongside veteran Vince Carter, this season could be exiting – even if we do “suck”.
If Summer League was any indication, new Head Coach Lloyd Pierce is will bring the energy and intensity every night. Also it appears he will let the young guys grow and figure things out. For all the great things Coach Bud did, that could not always be said about him.
Continue to the next page for a full PPG-RPG-APG-MPG breakdown.
The Atlanta Hawks waive recently acquired forward, Carmelo Anthony Monday according to Shams Charania.
Carmelo Anthony has finalized buyout with the Atlanta Hawks. Anthony will be giving back $2.4M of his $27.9M salary, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
After the waivers clear, Anthony plans on signing with the Houston Rockets.
The Hawks acquired Anthony in a three team deal which sent former Hawks guard Dennis Schröder to the Oklahoma City Thunder and forward Mike Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers, as the Hawks recieved Anthony and a 2022 lottery-protected pick from the Thunder and Justin Anderson, from the 76ers.
Carmelo Anthony and Dennis Schröder (Clutch Points)
Melo Eyeing Hawks Jersey For Himself:
The trade of Dennis Schröder to Oklahoma City is now official, meaning Carmelo Anthony has officially been traded to Atlanta. However, his time in Atlanta, if any, will be very brief. The Hawks plan to buy him out in the next couple days, meaning Melo will never put on a Hawks jersey. But don’t tell him that…
According to Chris Sheridan of Get More Sports, Carmelo Anthony is currently searching for a Hawks jersey with his name and number 7 on the back of it.
The NBA will more than likely not even attempt to make an Anthony jersey to sell, seeing his time in Atlanta will only last a few days probably. Reports show that the NBA Store won’t even ship out custom jerseys with Melo’s name on the back with his number 7 on it.
Many Hawks fans remember Anthony’s statement back when Danny Ferry was Atlanta’s GM, which makes it a little awkward to see Melo really wanting a Hawks jersey. A few years ago he said no players would want to play in Atlanta, and now it looks like it has backfired a little.
It’s going to be tough for Melo to find a Hawks jersey for himself, but perhaps someone will be able to make a custom jersey for him.
Will Dennis Schroder remain an Atlanta Hawk after the 2018 NBA Draft? Some fans have doubts about the point guards future in Atlanta.
Fellow writer Jackson Stone and I have debated the status of Dennis Schroder for weeks now and I believe that the Hawks should keep him on the roster. Trading arguably the best player on the team who is on a relatively team-friendly contract just doesn’t sound like a good idea to me.
Nevertheless, Schroder’s comments to a German outlet in which it appeared he said that he wants out has led to this discussion among Hawks fans. The following are our thoughts about the Atlanta Hawks and their impending decision on Dennis Schroder.
Dennis Schroder is only 24 years old and has yet to hit his ceiling. This season Schroder averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists. New Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce has been preaching defense ever since he signed his name on the contract. It remains to see if Lloyd Pierce can turn Dennis Schroder into a complete player but we have seen glimpses of greatness before.
In the early years of Schroder’s career, he played press defense and harassed the opposing point guards to no end. If the Hawks can relax his role as the primary scorer and allow him to go all out it can, in turn, create a situation where the team can be successful. Dennis Schroder has the makings of an all-star its just up to the coaching staff to be patient and bring every ounce of it out of him.
Dennis Schroder’s 2017-18 campaign was, in a word, underwhelming. In his second year in a starting role, Schroder did average nearly 20 points, but shot a dismal 29% from three-point range, something he should have improved by this point in his career. Schroder also gambles too much on defense for someone who has been in the league for five years, which is a sign of immaturity.
Schroder’s offense relies too much on quickness; once he starts to slow down or has an injury, he won’t have an elite skill set to fall back on. He doesn’t finish well enough at the rim for someone who drives to the basket as much as he does. He was also ranked 98th out of 104 qualified point guards in ESPN’s defensive real plus-minus, which is a good indicator of a player’s effectiveness on defense.
There are plenty of teams who could use Schroder’s scoring and playmaking ability, and his youth (24) makes him a very tradeable asset for Atlanta. It’s a move they should make if they want to create a brighter future for the franchise.
As the days count down the Atlanta Hawks have some decisions to make. With 4 picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, who will they select?
The 2018 NBA Draft is just 16 days away. With an entirely new staff, the Atlanta Hawks are definitely heading in a new direction. The Hawks have four picks in this draft with three of them in the 1st round.
General manager Travis Schlenk has stated that with each pick the Hawks will be selecting the best player available regardless of position. With that in mind, I believe the Hawks are taking the right steps towards becoming a playoff team once again. The following are my picks in the 2018 NBA Draft (simulated using http://www.fanspeak.com).
The future is bright for the Atlanta Hawks who are heading in a new direction. But is it the right direction?
With new head coach Lloyd Pierce being a defensive minded coach I suspect that during his first year, assistant coach Melvin Hunt will run the offense. Hunt described his offense as a pace and space style. Sort of like the Atlanta Falcons did before, Lloyd Pierce will be the defensive coordinator a la Marquand Manuel. Coupled with Melvin Hunt who will be the offensive coordinator a la Steve Sarkisian.
Lloyd Pierce’s first task will be to figure out how to best feature each player currently under contract. The Atlanta Hawks have players with great defensive potential. DeAndre’ Bembry, Taurean Prince, John Collins, and Dennis Schröder all can improve tenfold under Pierce’s tutelage.
If Schröder can tap into his ’13-’14 form he will become a better asset for the Hawks. With a better supporting cast and a relaxed role, Schröder can play press defense again. It wasn’t that long ago when Schröder would continually harass opposing point guards as soon as the inbound pass was made.
Taurean Prince’s offensive outburst can be the key to the team’s overall development. When the Hawks put out an entire starting 5 who can all hold their own on offense we will see a better Dennis Schröder. Pierce likely won’t have Schröder playing hero ball anyways.
In this video where Taurean Prince scored a career-high 38 points, it will become apparent to you that Prince has an incredibly high ceiling than once predicted.
Prince really has the makings of a dirty south Kawhi Leonard. The sky is the limit for him. If he can replicate last seasons production and develop his skills this team will improve significantly.
Adding three 1st round caliber players to this team will also increase the team’s overall talent in comparison to this seasons roster. This season, most of the Hawks depth was G league caliber players. There is nothing wrong with having G league players but having them make up the bulk of your roster is a recipe for disaster.
Say the Hawks draft the following players in the 2018 NBA Draft:
That already sounds better if you think about the players the Hawks had this season. Although the Atlanta Hawks finished the season with a 24-58 record, this team is full of players with untapped potential. Adding players with high upside to a team that is going to be coached by a developmental coach like Pierce sounds like the way to go in the impending future.
It remains to be seen what Pierce and Co can do with this young Hawks squad but my expectations are high. Lloyd Pierce has shown that he can develop players based on the performance displayed by the Philadelphia 76ers. All the Atlanta Hawks need to do is give him players that he can mold into his image.
Just like Coach Bud, it appears Dennis Schroder is quitting on the Hawks.
All things considered, Dennis Schroder had a decent season. While falling short of what I personally expected coming into the season, he managed to lead the Hawks with a 19.4 PPG average. In my end of season team grades article, Dennis was given a C+.
“Depending on who you ask, Dennis either had a good or bad season. For me, Dennis left me feeling a need for more. He didn’t have a “bad” season per say but with this roster you would have expected a bit more scoring. His shooting from beyond the 3-point line was awful and he looked disinterested at times running the offense. We haven’t even mentioned his defense which was among the worst in the league. With Schlenk showing that anyone is dispensable (even the coach), it is unclear whether or not Dennis will actually be our Point Guard of the future.”
The season was full of high and low points for the 2nd year starter. On the eve of preseason game one, Schroder was involved in a bar fight near Atlanta in which one person was left hospitalized. His actions were condemned by GM Travis Schlenk and he is facing the possibility of Felony charges on top of team and possibly league suspension. This was probably the absolute worst way to introduce yourself as the undisputed best player on the team.
As for on the court, Dennis routinely disappointed on the defensive end. According to ESPN’s RPM (real plus minus) metric, Schroder was 506th out of 521 players defensively in the NBA. His defensive struggles were also notarized by NBA Math’s metrics.
Schroder stands out as easily being the worst defensive player on the team. Probably the most frustrating thing about his defense is that half of it seemed to be pure lack of effort. When Dennis put his mind to it, he was serviceable as a defender and it could easily be noted by simply watching.
Despite Schroder’s defensive flaws, he had a decent year on offensively. Outside of 3 point shooting. For a good stretch of the season he was on track to become the first Hawk since Joe Johnson to average 20 PPG. As it became apparent how bad the team was, his minutes were reduced however.
Dennis was able to show that he had the clutch factor, taking over down the stretch in several games.
Late in December, Schroder exploded for 33 points including 27 in the second half to propel the Hawks to victory. He showed a complete game, driving to the hoop, hitting the midrange and even hit four threes. Another source of frustration however is that it was in front of Migos star Quavo, who told him “get 30 tonight”. It shouldn’t take a star being in attendance to wake Dennis up. Night’s like this made Hawks fans salivate for more on more occasions.
The greatest game of his career came in March in Utah. He propelled the Hawks to an improbable road victory against the playoff bound Jazz.
Schroder’s season was cut around 3 weeks short with an ankle injury. If the Hawks were playoff bound, I’m sure he would have been able to continue playing but being lottery bound, it was best to get the young guys some more touches.
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A Look Ahead
It appears Dennis Schroder has played his last game in an Atlanta Hawks uniform. From the legal issues, team chemistry issues caused by him, new coaching and Travis Schlenk not exactly vouching for him, I would personally be shocked if Dennis was the starting Point Guard in October.
Earlier this week, an interview surfaced where Dennis spoke on a wide range of subjects including his career. He was quoted saying “I can’t be 2nd to last in the East” and that “I could see myself playing for the Pacers or Bucks”. He also cleared his Instagram account of all things Hawks which he later blew off as “I was following too many people”. When 92.9 The Game asked GM Travis Schlenk to comment on this he responded with “no comment”. They will be meeting soon to discuss things and it is expected that Schroder will request a trade if that meeting doesn’t go well.
These kind of comments would raise the eyebrows coming from any NBA Superstar. But coming from a 2 year bottom tier starter, they come off as cocky and unacceptable.
This did not go unnoticed by Hawks F Taurean Prince. While this is pure speculation it appears that these tweets were related to the incident.
Unfortunately, the market for Schroder will probably be luke-warm at best. Not many teams need a Point Guard to begin with. But little to none will want an ineffective one who can’t shoot and has a possible felony hanging over his head.
Regardless, Hawks fans will welcome Dennis back with open arms if the two sides decide to work things out. At the end of the day, the German guard is only 24 years old and has a lot of room and potential to grow still.