Psycho-T brings the pain

Tyler Hansbrough didn't leave anything on the floor after his workout with the Hawks Sunday morning.

Tyler Hansbrough didn't leave anything on the floor after his workout with the Hawks Sunday morning at Philips Arena. The rugged North Carolina forward is a a player to keep an eye on this week with the Hawks drafting 19th in Thursday's NBA draft.

HAWKSVILLE - The reviews were unanimous.

On 10-point scale, Tyler Hansbrough’s Sunday morning workout for the Hawks at Philips Arena ranks at the very top of anything conducted in the past five days.

It wasn’t any one thing in particular that had the Hawks’ coaches buzzing. It was everything. Hansbrough’s energy, effort and obviously better-than-advertised shooting and athleticism caught more than a few folks in attendance by surprise.

“He kicked the meter up. It was off the Richter Scale,” said Hawks assistant coach Larry Drew, who ran the team’s workouts all week. “That was one of those 8.0s, one of those quick, hard earthquakes. Because his energy is at another level. You just don’t see many players capable of playing with that type of energy and effort and can sustain it through a game, or even a workout. He plays at a totally different level than some of these young guys out here.”

I felt like I needed an ice bath after watching his 90-minute workout. But Hansbrough proved a theory that a wise Eastern Conference executive reiterated to me Sunday night, “effort is a skill in the NBA.” And Hansbrough has it in reserve.

Alade Aminu (Stephenson High and Georgia Tech) and Shawn Taggart (Memphis) were the other bigs on hand Sunday. And they were also impressive in the individual drills and two-on-two work that was done. But Hansbrough’s refusal to go at anything but full bore during the entire workout had everyone buzzing afterwards.

Love him or hate him, and Hansbrough laughed about the fact that he’s inspired the masses to do either one or the other and sometimes both, he’s going to do it his way. And the truth is the Hawks could do a lot worse with the 19th pick. But they probably won’t have to worry about Hansbrough there, as I haven’t spoken to anyone anywhere that believes he’ll still be on the board when the Hawks are on the clock Thursday night.

“If this kid is still there at 19, the Hawks better not hesitate,” another Eastern Conference executive told me Sunday afternoon. “The kid’s a dream for coaches in our league, because he’s going to come in and crank things up automatically. He’s just wired differently than most of these other guys.”

That’s the real problem with a pick that late. You can project who you think might be there and evaluate accordingly, but there’s no way of knowing who will be around by then on draft night. One glitch on the draft board in the early lottery can swing the draft in a totally different direction than projected.

The Hawks sent things sideways in 2004 when they took Josh Childress ahead of Luol Deng and Andre Iguodala – defying most mock drafts that had those other two guys going ahead of Childress.

And anytime one player rises and is picked ahead of projection, someone else falls and lands in the lap of an unsuspecting team like the Hawks (who have no doubt done their due diligence throughout this process by examining all the possibilities).

 

DaJuan Summers is my sleeper pick for the draft. Too bad he didn't get a chance to workout for the Hawks while he was in town last week (a sprained ankle sidelined him).

DaJuan Summers is my sleeper pick for the draft. Too bad he didn't get a chance to workout for the Hawks while he was in town last week (a sprained ankle sidelined him).

Check any mock draft you want and go over the list of names where the Hawks are picking and there are either guys you draft on potential (Wake Forest’s Jeff Teague, who acquitted himself well in his workout Saturday, or Ohio State’s BJ Mullens, who did the same a day earlier) or seasoned college guys that will be needle pushers as rookies (guys like Hansbrough, Pitt’s Sam Young, Louisville’s Terrence Williams and Georgetown’s DaJuan Summers, all of whom the Hawks have had face time with throughout the process).

The usual anxiety surrounding the Hawks at draft time doesn’t really seem necessary this year, at least the way I see it.  The Hawks’ heavy lifting is going to come in free agency – and that’s where Hansbrough and all the bigger guys on the short list I’ve detailed above come in handy. Follow me now. When the Hawks lost Josh Childress to Greece last summer, they didn’t have a ready replacement for a 6-8 guy with his skills and seasoning, mostly because they didn’t have a draft pick to use on a player of that ilk. Say, for the sake of my theory, that the Hawks are unable to keep all their free agents. Don’t you think another cat with size and versatility might come in handy next season, even if he’s just a situational rotation player as a rookie?

While I didn’t agree with the notion that drafting 6-8 to 6-9 players ever year now matter what would lead a team from 13-win seasons to the playoffs, I can see the wisdom in taking players that fit that mold if you’re in the best-player-available mode on draft night and picking outside of the lottery. It’s just wise to have your roster well-stocked with a couple Trevor Ariza/Mickael Pietrus/Linas Kleiza types. I think the entire league realizes that now after the playoffs. 

FROM THE DO YOUR HOMEWORK FILES …

A quick aside from the Hawks-themed portion of the program requires us to look across the pond fro a moment.

Flooding Europe with scouts from every NBA team has finally caught up to the league and to the crop of talent. The Euro harvest is expected to be extremely thin Thursday night.

Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times had a staggering statistic in his story about the sudden change in philosophy regarding drafting European (and really international) prospects:

   “Teams appear to be straying from the recent trend of drafting overseas players because many of them have not lived up to expectations. Of the 39 international players selected in the first round since 2002 with no prior experience playing in the United States, only Yao Ming has surfaced as an All-Star. In that same time, 14 of 171 American players drafted in the first round made at least one All-Star team.”

Math was never my best subject in school, but I know crazy numbers when I see them. And that’s craziness.

OTHER LASTING IMPRESSIONS WERE MADE DURING WORKOUT WEEK, including a stellar showing by a guy not getting any first round buzz. Keep LSU combo guard Garrett Temple in mind in the second round. He’s going to make someone a nice player wherever he is drafted (provided he is drafted, and if not, he’ll be a good free agent pick up for some team). I remember watching him shut J.J. Redick down at the Georgia Dome during LSU’s run to the Final Four a few years back. He’s got NBA height for his position but his frame is need of some bulk to stand up the type of pounding he could endure at the pro level. But he’s got every tool you want in a player and he’ll compete with anyone.

Another guy the Hawks had in that made an impression me was Lester Hudson, a 6-3, 200-pound bull from Tennessee-Martin that refused to let anyone slow him down in his workout. He’s the kind of feisty guard that NBA teams love to have coming off their bench to wreak havoc on opposing defenses and to harass opposing point guards. And you talk about a guy breaking down walls to reach his goals, tell me Hudson hasn’t done exactly that after reading this from my man Chris Low from ESPN.com. 

"Fearless" seems like the most appropriate way to describe Lester Hudson's game.

Fearless seems like an appropriate description of Lester Hudson's game.

Jonesboro’s Toney Douglas (Florida State) was by far the most tenacious defender in attendance all week. He didn’t miss an opportunity to mix it up in the drills I watched. I can see why folks have been gushing about him as a potential, Ben Gordon-like combo guard. But he’s a defender like Gordon wishes he was (granted, few guards this size on the planet can score from the distance and in the variety of ways Gordon does). Still, whatever team nabs Douglas on draft night will have happy coaches and fans that will appreciate his in-your-face style.

Summers is my sleeper pick for the draft. I got into a heated debate with my man JB “Beans” Beckett Sunday about Summer and Young. After watching some film clips of both, including some of their head-to-head matchup from the season, we agreed that we were both right and that Summer and Young have a chance to contribute as rookies wherever they go. Now if we could just convince someone to let us draft for them Thursday night.

All joking aside, I have no earthly idea what happens Thursday night. Who does?

Too much can swing things on draft night. And we didn’t even get into the all the crazy scenarios that could happen if the Hawks were to find the right package to move the pick (and whatever else necessary) to shore up their depth issues at certain positions.

Nothing is outside of the realm of possibility right now, my friends. Nothing at all.

803 comments Add your comment

niremetal

June 22nd, 2009
12:32 am

Sounds like the Hawks like the UNC folks. I could live with either Hansborough or Ellington – both give us depth and something we lack coming off the bench (energy and toughness in the frontcourt with Hansborough and a deadly shooter in Ellington). Not bad for a #19 pick. And it’s better than Sund’s history of picking risky 7 footers ;)

KC

June 22nd, 2009
12:45 am

BJ Mullens will likely be available. I wouldn’t be mad about that pick at all.

darrell starks

June 22nd, 2009
1:05 am

Like i said on the other blog when scouting and nba sometime we get caught up in the scoring avg in college and dont look at the style of play for example iggy of philly was a horrible shooter in college but you new his style of play was going to be something speciall in the nba and thats how i feel about terrence william.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!

cp

June 22nd, 2009
1:35 am

Terrance Williams reminds me of Iguodala. Once he improves his jumper he could be scary. I like Ellington over Hansborough but like it was stated I doubt Hansborough is even there when we pick. Man with guys like Teague, Ellington, Young , Brown, and maybe Clark who could all be there at 19 its just going to be crazy. Hudson, Meeks, or Danny Green in the second sounds good to me. I wish we had 2 second rounders to get 2 of the 3 guys.

Ed-Covington

June 22nd, 2009
1:49 am

In your article on Ellington, you state that the 19th pick is where most mock drafts have him going. Your own mock draft has him at 29 to LAL; wouldn’t 19 be a reach for a #2 to back up JJ?

The Truth

June 22nd, 2009
2:15 am

The problem I have with Hansbrough has less to do with him; it has more to do with the Hawks. It’s well known that the Hawks has a tweener starting frontline. We need compliment players that can offset our weaknesses. Hansbrough is a PF/C in a SF body which makes him a tweener also. Also his game makes him a tweener also because he plays the game with his back toward the basket (like a center) in a SF body. As good as he looks in drills, I doubt if he could get his shots off against NBA defenders in the paint. Do we really need another tweener? WE NEED TO STOP THIS MADNESS OF OVERLOOKING OUR TEAM MAKEUP AND RANDOMLY PICKING PLAYERS BASED ON MEDIA HYPE. A child is not going to touch fire but once and realize to stay away. How many times are we going to get burnt at the draft party? Hansbrough may have the heart and that I don’t question, but he is not the body type we are looking for. If it’s a frontline player we are considering, we need NBA length and athleticism with skills that plays with an attitude. Didn’t we just witness the playoff finals?

BarkingBulldawg

June 22nd, 2009
3:12 am

Did we not learn with Shelden Williams that it takes more than effort and heart to succeed in the NBA? I do hope Hansborough is gone when we pick…because I will want to shoot myself if we take him. Ty Lawson is the only UNC player I would want us to go near, and of course, he is the one we haven’t worked out. The closer it gets to draft day, the more I feel like we are going to botch this. Heck, I almost expect it, and that is just sad considering the exactly opposite feelings I hold towards Falcons mgmt.

I’m really gonna be scratching my head if we go anywhere other than PG which seems more and more likely with the workouts. But we SHOULD all know that we can’t truly progress and move forward until Woody is gone, so I guess there have been more crucial drafts. It really is hard to get too excited about anything Hawks-related with this dunce at the helm.

And Dear God, help Rick Sund perform better than he has in the past. We could seriously do without another Saer Sene or Robert Swift. Thanks, Lord.

Ed

June 22nd, 2009
3:23 am

This is an interesting top five lists link rating the potential draftees in many different categories.

http://www.nbadraft.net/node/7629

Ed

June 22nd, 2009
4:12 am

Question Sekou…do you stand by your pick of W. Ellington as the Hawks pick?

Big Ray

June 22nd, 2009
5:22 am

Heh. Expected Doc to show up and start making noise about Hansbrough. Then again, when you think Yi is a better pick than Al (no Doc, I’m not letting you forget that one ;) )…

I’d be fine with Hansbrough, provided that 1)There’s not a better contributor available, and 2) We use him properly. Maybe I should just settle for using him AT ALL. Dude is definitely an energy guy with smarts and control. Hard to find that combination, as many energy types are out of control and have a hard time playing somewhat within the flow of the game. Of course, good coaching helps that, but that’s hard to find as well…

I like Ellington. Sweet stroke, but as Sekou says, can he defend his position? If he can’t, then he’s a situational guy at best (try not to follow Salim’s path, Wayne), and around here, that never is a good thing. Ask Mario and Royal….

I still like Ty Lawson, too. Fact is, he may have a better chance at falling than his two aforementioned teammates. Although, it’s a toss-up as to who stands a better chance at seeing significant minutes as a Hawks rookie, between him and Ellington. Depends on whether or not Bibby is re-signed.

Now, let’s say our turn on the clock comes, and both Hansbrough and Mullens are actually there (just a hypothetical). Which does Sund pick? How about if Hansbrough, Lawson, and Ellington are all there?

Alright, back to sleep…

Big Ray

June 22nd, 2009
5:29 am

The Truth,

Hansbrough is a bit of a ‘tweener indeed. What can I say, there appears to be a bit of a fetish along those lines in Hawksville. I say he’s a 4, no matter what. There are two many athletic 3s that will eat his ass up, so don’t play him there. Meanwhile, he has just enough height and strength (measures out essentially the same size as Horford, minus about 10 pounds), and more than enough desire, smarts, and tenacity to hang in down there. Again, it all depends on whether there is or isn’t a player who will help us more at that pick, and whether or not Sund and crew see it that way.

BarkingBulldawg,

Effort, heart, desire. These things do not belong in the same sentence with Sheldon Williams. Try lost, bad footwork, and a negative vertical. Hansbrough is everything from the neck-up that you’d want Sheldon to be. Sheldon just ain’t…and he’ll probably be the first guy to get jacked at a barber shop in Minnesota…

akintu

June 22nd, 2009
6:59 am

We are missing the boat again……….we draft a 4 when we have 3 people in the starting line up (well maybe two…I often exagerate) who’s best position is probably the 4 when we have other glaring needs….it makes absolutely no sense…..If the hawks are really looking to move Marvin (I think this is a bad move BTW) then I think DeJuan Summers is a smart pick because Joah can’t play the 3, he can’t shoot and isn’t a good enough on ball defender.

the only way we should draft a 2 is if we move JJ (I think we should move him, but that probably won’t happen). If we move Josh then we could draft a 4 or better yet move Al “could be an all-star PF” Horford to the 4 and between the draft and FA find a legit 5 that can fill out the line up.

lastly I think we should let Bibby walk so in reality taking anything other than a PG who can start in the NBA is a mistake!!!

The Truth

June 22nd, 2009
7:21 am

Ray
So website got Hansbrough listed at 6’ 8’’ @ 234 lbs. with not enough wing-span to make up for his lack of size at the 4 position. Accordingly, he struggles defending taller and more athletic players even at the college level. I’m trying to image him going up against the likes of KG. If I had just 1 first-round bullet, I would not be shooting at Hansbrough. I still believe this article is a Jedi thing Sekou wrote to create a smoke screen and throw the draft order off to enable something really good to fall to the Hawks.

doc

June 22nd, 2009
7:22 am

hmmm, short nap.

doc

June 22nd, 2009
7:33 am

this isnt a raving positive review of hansbrough but how i described him earlier to ray:

“maybe hansbrough is a cross between what we could get from a mixture of chills and zaza in the hansbrough pick, not what we had in chills. unfortunately, he is not the best of both but maybe enough of the positives of both to be worth the chance on an early contributor. he doesnt have the quickness or length of chills nor the versatility and doesnt have the bulk of zaza but enough to go for it.

we are where we were when we picked shels in depth on the roster sadly enough so we got to get it right. man that is a reality check we might be even worse off than then except for horford but really less depth and organic growth potential, heh heh.”

hansbrough is a tweener but a good one. he has a better motor than shels, if shels had that kind of energy he would have stayed, too many times i saw him refuse or it fail to compute that if he moved quicker to something like the loose ball or someone coming off a screen he might have been a real contributor. complacency was his problem and that is not hansbrough’s.

Sekou Smith

June 22nd, 2009
7:35 am

That mock draft you are referring to is two weeks old. I’ll have a new one in Thursday’s paper. And I’ll roll with my pick in that one.

And BarkingBulldawg made the inevitable Shelden Williams comparison to Hansbrough, which I don’t see at all. They are totally different players and were in college. More importantly, no one is talking about taking Hansbrough in the top five. Granted, no one other than the Hawks would have dared to take Shelden in the top five either.

I just think at 19 you can’t be mad with a guy that’s going to come in and be a rotation player. If you get an All-Star down there, it’s usually blind luck anyway.

dap01

June 22nd, 2009
7:49 am

Thanks for the great work, Sekou!

yessir

June 22nd, 2009
8:27 am

hot off the press, Speedy(contract),R.Morris, and 19th pick for Camby. I said it firt. Its being discussed Sekou, what do you think?

doc

June 22nd, 2009
8:30 am

yessir, you can come by my house any day and pick up my trash. it will only cost you maybe 1 mil and it is a deal. you can write it off next year on your taxes as a bad investment.

answer is … doubt it.

Paul

June 22nd, 2009
8:31 am

If we can someone trade up in the 2nd round and nab Toney Douglas as our 2nd player drafted, we will have a heckuva draft.

doc

June 22nd, 2009
8:32 am

you know when are these “said it first” guys going to come back and say well you know when i said this … well i confess, it never came to pass.

G-Man

June 22nd, 2009
8:59 am

Guys Lester Hudson sounds like a huge steal to me in the second round. He can shoot the ball with good effeciency all the way to the nba three. He can play defense well with his freakish 6′9 wingspan. He is great at stealing the ball posting 2.3 steals a game. He has good court vision and is great with his dribble-drive penetration and kick out to the open man. Also for a 6′3 combo guard he averages 8 rebounds a game posting many games of more than 10 boards. If all this isn’t enough to convince you he has posted a Quadruple double. 25 pts, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals.
You guys need to check out how impressive his game log is

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=37439

I know all this was done in a weaker division but you have to admit those are impressive numbers anywhere you go.

yessir

June 22nd, 2009
9:04 am

Doc, never said it was going to happen, but they are discussing it

Samuel

June 22nd, 2009
9:05 am

Hansbrough is not athletic enough to guard an NBA three and not big enough to guard a 4. He’s also not a good offensive player. I just don’t see it at 19 and especially for a team looking to “upgrade” our talent. A 6′8″ Mario maybe but we really don’t need that. We need somebody who can put the ball in the “hole”.

Yes, he is different from “The Slumlord” but also simular. Sheldon was a great College player and was considered an “effort guy” and an overachiever. That only takes you so far in the NBA.

Utah is the best place for him.

Bobby Cox is DONE!!!!!!

June 22nd, 2009
9:13 am

Sekou, any chance of Childress or Andersen suiting up for the Hawks this season, and if not, any chance that Sund can trade their rights Thursday night for another pick or two.

This team could get exponentially better with Childress, Andersen and point guard added to the mix.

G-Man

June 22nd, 2009
9:17 am

Hey guys, Cavs want to move up in the draft. We could take their 30th pick and snag Toney Douglas and also their 46th pick. In return they can aquire our 19th pick. So we get the person everyone seems to want us to get along with 2 second round picks.

Sekou Smith

June 22nd, 2009
9:19 am

The deal for Camby would be done already. That’s a no-brainer for the Hawks. NO-BRAINER!!!!!!!!!! As for Childress and Andersen, I’d think there’s a better chance Andersen plays for the Hawks this season than Childress. And I’m not betting on either guy being here.

Bobby Cox is DONE!!!!!!

June 22nd, 2009
9:33 am

Why are we not chasing Andersen, it makes no sense. This guy is a near 7 footer with actual offensive skill. Are the Hawks simply scared to actually have a big man with talent? It boggles the mind.

Also, on Childress, are we at least exploring options to move his rights? I know that the spitting and cigarette smoking in the arenas is wearing on him, and he will come back to the NBA soon. It will be a shame, but typical Hawk move to let him go with nothing in return.

What is going on behind the scenes with Bibby? His agent does not actually believe they will get $10 per year, does he? Been hanging out with Josh Howard? A 33 year-old with shot knees who cannot run the break or defend ANYONE is not worth more than $3-5 per. Could we get him at that by giving an extra year?

doc

June 22nd, 2009
9:42 am

samuel, sounds like a description of mo at his position of swing 2 and 3. cant score well enough for the two and cant keep up with the three’s on defense because he is limited physically. he does play a role and that is all one wants from a 19, so hansbrough fits the bill in that respect. who would be starters at 19, very few come along?

as i said above again, i recognize the flies around him but picking at 19 means there are flies around everyone. he has a lot more skill than mario as well and would prefer douglas to fill that bill if i could get my hands on him somehow and someway. to compare him in any way with shels as sekou says is unfair as shels showed no motor, nor skill and no desire. you can give hansbrough a plus on two of the three and c plus on the other. if he can play defense, which he will, he will fit.

O'Brien

June 22nd, 2009
9:43 am

Sekou,

Do you think the Hawks would be willing to make a deal (Acie, Speedy, 19) to move up?

And if they are able to move up (let’s say 8-15), who do you think they might be looking at?

Astro Joe

June 22nd, 2009
9:52 am

It’s kind of sad that the Hawks were blown away by Hansborough. I think it speaks to the lack of fire that exists on the club. I know some of the guys are capable of bringing it hard but it feels like the staff is amazed when they watch a guy who ALWAYS brings it. Anyone who has that fire in his belly (like Hansborough or Douglas) is the type of guy I want. Instead of best available player, give me the most fire in the belly player at #19.

Sautee

June 22nd, 2009
9:55 am

doc,

“hmmm, short nap.”

Just what I was thinking. LOL!

Mike is back

June 22nd, 2009
9:56 am

Sekou, I wouldn’t be mad at the pick, but I would go with Ellington if he’s still there. Besides, I think you can get the same thing from Sutan out of Michigan State in the second round…maybe not the energy but a solid rotation guy.

It is time to draft one of these 6’11” or 7-foot guys, and bring in someone in to develop them. If you are going to gamble on Big with the 19th pick, this draft is a good one to do it…else we run the risk of adding to the duplicity, which already exist.

U know I think the world of Sam Young and I have much respect for Hansbrough…but if you are the Hawks, you can’t draft another SF or PF…its time do something different. We have Al…Now it time to go with another Big.

Of course I don’t what the tone of the negotiations are with Bibby…if things are cold or luke warm…then I see a taking a PG with the 19th…save for that I’m taking the Best big with the most upsides still on the board with the 19th. No need to reach in this draft…too many ?????????????????? marks.

dap01

June 22nd, 2009
9:57 am

We should use Speedy, Childress to move up in the 2nd to pick Douglas. We should explore bringing Anderson over. He can shoot. We should not overpay for Bibby (he would be a great role player).

Ellington sounds impressive.

niremetal

June 22nd, 2009
10:10 am

Why are we not chasing Andersen, it makes no sense. This guy is a near 7 footer with actual offensive skill. Are the Hawks simply scared to actually have a big man with talent? It boggles the mind.

Gee, I don’t know. Maybe it could have something to do with the fact that every single scouting report says that he’s godawful on defense. We don’t need a 6′11 who can shoot jumpers. We need a 6′11 guy who can defend. If my choice is between re-signing Zaza and going after a slower, less consistent, and even worse (far worse) on defense version of Okur, I take Zaza every time.

HAWKMAN

June 22nd, 2009
10:10 am

LATER FOR ALL THAT GOOD TEAM CRAP DUMP. M.BIBBY, F.MURRY, RESIGN ZAZA,M.WILLIAMS. PICK UP TOO PLAYERS WHO WILL MAKE THE HAWKS A CHAMPINSHIP TEAM. A.I AND R.WALLACE. FORM DETROIT. STARTING 5. PG AI. SG J.JOHNSON. SF J.SMITH PF A.HORTFORD. C R.WALLACE. WITH M.WILLIAMS AS THE 6 MAN BRING HIS SCORING TO THE SECOND UNIT. WHICH ALSO HAVE ZAZA. M.EVANS.AND WHOMEVER THE 19TH PICK BRINGS. A PG. MAYBE TO ADD TO THE BENCH. WITH M.WEST. AND S.JONES IF WE CAN RESIGN HIM AT A COOL PRICE. OR ANOTHER VET. THAT A 10 TO 11 PLAYER DEEP TEAM.

niremetal

June 22nd, 2009
10:12 am

That being said, we should make some use of Andersen – but that use should be trading him to a team that could and would use him.

niremetal

June 22nd, 2009
10:13 am

A Tribe Called Quest

June 22nd, 2009
10:20 am

Great, let’s only post what the UNC afficionado Larry Drew has to say. I’m sure his comments are very unbiased too.

No thanks to Hansbrough. I don’t want some undersized Shelden Williams stiff who looks weird on our team again

swatguy

June 22nd, 2009
10:23 am

I would like to see the Hawks sign Zaza, Flip, Chillz and Anderson. Deal the parts such as Marvin( SnT), Acie and Speedy. Renounce Bibby and everyone else on the bench named not Hunter and West.
Three picks in the draft (Ellison, Hansbrough and Hudson). Oh, and sign a point (Sessions or Miller).

By the way, I hope “Rio is shooting 3’s right now and all day.

Sekou, with Bibs defensive shortcomings, we can use a cheaper pair of combo’s + Chillz at the point.
How is Levingston’s rehab?

Melvin

June 22nd, 2009
10:25 am

Sekou,
I guess you and your friend Beans must have read my post on your last blog in regards to Dejuan Summers. I agree that he’s a sleeper and wouldn’t mind seeing him in Hawks uniform next season. We could even trade down b/c most mocks have him going in mid 20’s to early 2nd round. If he’s available in the 2nd then the Hawks should move up to select him. I rather have Summers on the bench then RandMo, Mario, Gadner and Hunter.
However, if Terrence Williams is available at #19, I would go with him. 6′6 guy that can handle the rock, pass and create off the dribble. He’s cut from the Scottie Pippen cloth. I can see him being a Point Forward with JJ and Bibby (if resigned) spotting up on the wings for jumpers.
If the Hawks doesn’t select a PG in the 1st rnd then I would like to see them pick Curtis Jerells (think Acie with a jumpshot) in the 2nd round…

As for Wayne Ellington, I can’t help but think Rodney Monroe who play for NC State in the 90’s. Any spot in the gym was in his range. Neither guy is that effective off the dribble but they are deadly off of screens….

LEA

June 22nd, 2009
10:32 am

great, we will pick another tweener who can’t guard big men, and continue to ignore the fact that we need a PG who can actually play defense. and a big man who could at least give Dwight some problems.. I’m not surprised at all though, the Hawks will never get it right.. And will sign Bibby to a 11 million dollar per year contract, ignoring the fact that he is old and doesn’t play any defense…

The Truth

June 22nd, 2009
10:36 am

Now that I think about it. With the exception of BK, the talent evaluators for the Hawks are still in place. Nothing has really changed except for the GM replacement. So, maybe we are operating in the insanity mode right now of doing the same thing with these illogical picks and expecting a different result. Let’s hope the Sund factor will bring some common sense to the madness. Right now, in my book, Sund is batting 50% with his last-year pick-ups. I’ll also deduct another 10% for several of his inactions so that equals a batting Avg. of 40%. Therefore I should tweak my expectation down somewhat to match his hitting Avg. We shall see

Astro Joe

June 22nd, 2009
10:37 am

How is it that a guy who was DPOY in a conference like the ACC AND has a tremendous shooting stroke (good enough to be compared to Ben Gordon) isn’t getting more love?

Melvin, I agree, the Hawks ver rarely set weak-side screens (although they should), so I’m not sure Ellington would fit this team. Playing “Point Forward” is challenging when you’re coming off the bench. And even if we don’t bring back Marvin, I don’t think that we can start Joe, T. Williams, Josh and Al together. That is a very, very small team.

mrprozach

June 22nd, 2009
10:40 am

NBA draft.net has a new mock up. They have the hawks taking Jrue Holliday at 19. Teague and Hansborough are off the board in their draft. But Ellington and Buddinger would still be available. Thoughts on picking a Eric Snow type PG at 19? http://www.nbadraft.net/2009mock_draft

LEA

June 22nd, 2009
10:44 am

I was always a big fan of Eric Snow’s game, so I wouldn’t be upset with that pick.. Hell I’d rather pick Bj Mullens before I draft Tyler…

UGA

June 22nd, 2009
10:52 am

Hansbrough may be a Jeff Foster in this league (which I would take)

I’d be fine if the Hawks took Ellington with the pick.

doc

June 22nd, 2009
10:53 am

sautee ….. chuckle.

Daniel

June 22nd, 2009
11:08 am

Astro Joe- I hope that Toney doesn’t get any more love, and the Hawks can land him in the second round. What a steal that guy will be. Hollinger doesn’t even have Toney Douglas getting drafted?!?
Hansbrough and Douglas in the same draft class? Two seniors with great defensive passion, energy and high basketball IQ, the Hawks could do a lot worse. Although, I still hope that we can get a point at 19(lawson)

I.MUS WRITE- INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY

June 22nd, 2009
11:18 am

Lester Hudson -looks like a good pick….kinda reminds me of Russel Westbrook with a better jumper. Give me ty Lawson or danny green if we have to go the UNC route………… Pshycho T….Puleez