That time of year

It's that time of year again for the Hawks. Training camp is just weeks away and Mike Woodson and his team are in the crosshairs right now.

It's that time of year again for the Mike Woodson and his Hawks. Training camp is just weeks away and the coach and his team are in the crosshairs.

HAWKSVILLE - For those of us pro basketball loyalists, we always know when it’s time to readjust the schedule to get ready for the NBA season.

Labor Day is my reminder.

I know that in the days immediately following the holiday players will start trickling back into town and showing up for voluntary workouts (go ahead and get your jokes about my Wolverines out of the way now so we can move on to basketball matters) on the track and at the Hawks’ practice facility.

It’s as much as a part of my late summer/fall routine as watching football on the weekend. So I’ll be making my way downtown all week to see who shows up and what kind of work they’re doing in anticipation of the start of training camp, which believe it or not is just roughly three weeks away.

The prognosticators already have an idea of what things will look like once the season starts and how the Hawks will do, for example, our friends at HoopsHype have the Hawks pegged for a return to the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

I prefer to wait until I actually see someone on the move before offering up any sort of hypothesis about where this team might be headed. So while I was standing over my grill Sunday afternoon, basking in the glory of a decisive win for my team Saturday and enjoying the neighborly ambiance of the world’s greatest bedroom community (neighbors bring over steaming hot crawfish pies and ice cold Arnold Palmers when they see the first sign of grill smoke in Smyrna), the conversation turned to the Hawks.

Specifically, the Ridge Road crew wanted to know who has to have the biggest year for the Hawks to continue their climb up the conference ladder and back into the playoffs and perhaps beyond the second round?

It’s a question, I explained, best answered by those of us that spend far too much time worrying ourselves with these things on a daily basis (if you’re reading this, you know who you are). So before I ask for your take, please allow me to offer my five-point answer:

MIKE WOODSON - the Hawks’ sixth-year head coach has weathered every storm that’s come his way thus far, which is a testament to not only his team’s continual improvement but also his ability to compartmentalize during tough times and rally his troops. But this season will provide perhaps the harshest spotlight he’s faced during his tenure. In each of his five previous seasons few people – fans, pundits or anyone else outside of the city of Atlanta – viewed his team as a playoff player. All that has changed in the past 16 months. Woodson’s entering the final year of his deal, which always adds a little extra drama to the situation, with oversized expectations. The roster is 11-deep with proven NBA players (Randolph Morris is still waiting on the chance to prove himself), the deepest the Hawks have been since Woodson arrived. The bottom line, this team goes where Woodson leads them.

JOE JOHNSON - In the same situation as his coach, in terms of heading into the final year of his deal (until further notice, of course), the Hawks’ captain and All-Star faces an interesting dilemma this season. As his younger teammates have matured and the veteran cast been upgraded, Johnson will have to decide how much of the burden he is willing and able to shoulder this season. Physically, the extended minutes have taken a toll the past two seasons, when his playoff performances weren’t consistently up to his own lofty standards. Crazy as this might sound; if his numbers decreased across the board (especially his minutes) I could see him having a better season than any of his first four with the Hawks.

JAMAL CRAWFORD - Anytime you fleece a team the way the Hawks did when they snatched Crawford from the Golden State Warriors for Acie Law IV and Speedy Claxton, folks expect big things. And Crawford has to deliver, whatever his role ends up being. If he “leads the league in scoring off the bench” as one Hawks’ staffer joked to me in the hours after the deal went down, we’d have some story. But if he just maintains his nearly 20-point scoring average this season he’ll make that deal worth it. Any concerns about Crawford’s fit on this team have been assuaged by multiple in-house sources this summer that insist Crawford developed an instant chemistry with everyone within the organization that’s dealt with him. If the on-court chemistry comes as easily, this could wind up being one of the Hawks’ best personnel moves in years. If not …

RICK SUND - You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that isn’t convinced that the Hawks’ GM has done a masterful job in his first 13 months on the job. He’s made all the right moves and steadied the organization through one of their best seasons in years. But the toughest challenge comes this season. Sund will have to gauge the Hawks’ progress by the February trade deadline and decide if this team, as presently constituted, provides the best chance for long-term success or not. If not, he’ll have to pull the trigger on the right deal to push the Hawks over top (sort of like his predecessor did two years ago when Billy Knight pulled the trigger on the Mike Bibby deal). Gone are the days when the Hawks’ GM could simply suspend the franchise in rebuilding mode or just maintain. The next step is moving upward and onward, and that almost always requires a deft personnel move one way or another.

JEFF TEAGUE/JOE SMITH/JASON COLLINS - These three guys represent everything the Hawks have needed in the form of depth at their two most crucial positions the past five years. Just a rookie, Teague’s ability to adapt to the NBA game and assume a position backing up Bibby is crucial. If his assimilation comes off without a hitch, and we honestly have no way of knowing how it will go, the need for that third point guard won’t be nearly as urgent as it might be otherwise. Smith and Collins are known commodities in the NBA. You get a versatile scorer and defender in Smith, a veteran frontcourt performer that’s always played much bigger than his listed size. In Collins, the Hawks have a 7-footer capable of lending quality minutes in a situational role, particularly on the defensive end. They have to be the support system, along with Zaza Pachulia, that Josh Smith and Al Horford have had to work without the past two years.

You know what I think.

What say you? 

532 comments Add your comment

rms

September 7th, 2009
11:16 am

Since I am first I say the Hawks get rid of that mediocre coach awful looking jerseys and find a real coach that can get the most out of their players who will have them playing a REAL half-court offense. Maybe that West coast trip will say a lot about this team pretty early and maybe we get to see our PG play meaningful minutes for a change and not DIE on the bench because he is not a veteran or because he made one mistake. BWAF (typical BWAF photo of Woody). Guess we might as well get used to seeing that this upcoming season……

rms

September 7th, 2009
11:25 am

By the way Sekou, should we be satisfied with just sneaking past Round 1 of the playoffs and getting beat in Round 2 or should we expect more? Me personally, I would be more satisfied with consistent play during the season versus last year when u didnt know what we were going to get with their inconsistent play and pull your hair out moments.

Dawgfan

September 7th, 2009
11:26 am

although hes a rookie, we NEED for jeff teague to step up. Hes everything weve been missing in a point guard: fast, quick, elusive, and will provide everything that Bibby cant: the ability to penetrate defenses, the ability to score, the ability to play quality defense, as Lebron so rudely exploited bibby during the play offs last year during pick and roll situations. Teague provides another scoring threat yet he also provides the abilty to penetrate and dish to our athletic bigs. Hes the opposite of Bibby. If Teague doesnt step up, then Crawford will HAVE to. We simply need another pure scoring threat that will compliment joe and take pressure off of him. If both step up, we are in for a good year

niremetal

September 7th, 2009
11:31 am

rms,

I like the jerseys.

Dawgfan,

You think Teague can cover LeBron off the pick-and-roll? Uh…ok. I think that’s asking just a tad too much out of someone who weighs less than one of Dennis Scott’s legs.

Back to the Open.

Mr. Phil

September 7th, 2009
11:31 am

Dan

September 7th, 2009
11:45 am

Good Stuff, Sekou. Michigan beat Western, so Rose Bowl is next, right? GO STATE!! Mark Dantonio will put more distance between UofM and MSU this year.

I love the offseason moves. The Hawks problem over the years has been with the bench. They have their core group in place already. There was not a need to add a superstar. They just needed support players. This offseaon, they got ‘em. Smith, Collins, and Teague should all contribute thie year.

The Hawks are going to push for that #3 spot. Thinking….55 wins will give them a shot at it. And, I just believe that Boston’s run is about over. Those guys are getting old. No way they make it through the year healthy.

Dawgfan

September 7th, 2009
11:50 am

Niremetal,
no one can guard Lebron. And thats fact. But at least Teague is quicker thenBibby and will be able to at least move to certain spots on the floor, when Lebron would make his move, that Bibby couldnt. This should at least give our bigs enough time to help and at least foul the man, in stead of him letting him get 47 points in layups.

Vince

September 7th, 2009
11:51 am

The key for the Hawks this year is for Woodson to develop a sound 11 man rotation and a decent half court offense(I’m not sure if he’s capable). If he will use the 11 man rotation properly the Hawks could go into the playoffs healthy & rested which would be a great advantage. With the players they have the Hawks should win 50+ games and go to 7 games in the second round or make it to the third round–or give Woodson his walking papers. If he can’t accomplish these goals with this team by the end of his 6th year then he’s not the Hawks coach of the future.

Sekou Smith

September 7th, 2009
11:52 am

I don’t think a team or its fans should be “satisfied” with anything but championships, rms. But I think it pays to be realistic about what you’ve got. If you have a championship caliber team, expecting a championship makes sense. If not … just do your best to keep the expectations real (would be my suggestion).

After losing games the way we have the past two years Dan, a win over Western looks fantastic to me (we did lose to Toledo at home last season). I’ll take the Weedeater Bowl at this point. A winning record works for me. Seriously, I’m not going to be a dope at this point. In a year or two, however, my expectations will rise.

Eman

September 7th, 2009
11:52 am

It is simple!!! Josh, Al, and Marvin needs to improve their game to all- start level if the hawks are going to move in that top 3 in the east. It could happen but they have to have the work ethic needed to succeed. This team is load with talent and they are very young as well. The time is now and I feel that if those three improve we will be a elite level team this year.

Also, I want people to stop saying we need a big man because there are not that many quality 7 footers in the NBA this year.I want to see players play bigger than there size.

Jamaaliver

September 7th, 2009
11:54 am

The acquisition of Jamal Crawford will only work to maximum effect if he start next to JJ at SG and Marvin Williams is moved to the bench.

If Jamal can get you 20 ppg as a starter and Marvin can only get u 14 ppg as a starter……it seems an obvious decision.

Does anyone remember the success the Knicks had 10 years ago with the double headed monster of Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell? Crawford and JJ can be a matchup nightmare for every Eastern Conference team. A poor man’s Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in Boston.

real#1hawksfan

September 7th, 2009
12:10 pm

I agree Sekou, Joe’s minutes definitely need to come down in order for him to have a more productive year and playoff run. Crawford has to be able to maintain that 20ppg avg and take some of the pressure of off Joe that no has been able to do except maybe for Flip in spurts but he’s gone so Jamal we need you to step up to the plate every night and play just a lil defense. #3 spot here we come.

richbrave

September 7th, 2009
12:10 pm

Didn’t realize CRAWFORD was such a big deal, nor that TEAGUE was a rook. DUH! Well my NBA “q” just shot ahead two notches. Maybe I’ll soon be above floor level.

real#1hawksfan

September 7th, 2009
12:15 pm

By the way Sekou, did you get a chance at all to check out Al in the Americas tourney, if so did you see any improvement in his offensive aggresiveness. I saw him play at Adamsville in the pro am one game with Jsmoove and Mario he looked pretty good as did Mario. Speaking of which, is Mario West coming back, I know Woody loves him, but the roster is filling up and I haven’t heard anything about him.

Samuel

September 7th, 2009
12:17 pm

Good Blog Cuz,

I’m about to get it started on the Grill too. You already Know. Think I’ll go with the chicken, Grilled salmon, Roasted Corn on the cob and tossed salad.

My top 5 most important things this season:

1. Josh Smith.
For the Hawks to go to the next level (second round playoff win), we must have at least two AllStar level performances. IMO, Josh is the only other player capable of doing that. The sooner he understands that he can become an AllStar caliber player by doing what he does best(play great defense, score around the basket, and get out and fill the lanes on the break) and not trying to do what he can’t(shoot the three, dribble on the break and contest every call), the faster the Hawks will rise to that other level.

2. Joe Johnson

JJ is our best player, hands down. However, he must begin to understand that he cannot do it all by himself. It’s really very simple. he needs to pass the ball out of the double team quicker and be more aggressive going to the basket. He also needs to agree with reduced minutes, even if it means he doesn’t make the AllStar team. These reduced minutes will help the Hawks during playoff time.

3. Al Horford
Al Horford must score more. This will be his third year in the league and he still has a 10 ppg average. He needs to be more aggressive on offense period. He also needs to stay injury free as much as possible.

4. Mike Woodson

Woody is coming off his best season as a coach. He now has enough good players to lengthen the rotation. He will be fighting to keep “food on his family’s table” so I believe he will get the job done. Even though the Hawks have better personnel, I still don’t believe he has enough to win a second round series unless we draw Boston. That being said, we must have a better showing in the second round, whoever we play.

5. Jeff Teague

We really need this guy to come through,especially on defense. The Hawks acquired Jamahl Crawford and have Mike Bibby but we still could be lacking in perimeter defense at the PG spot if Teague doesn’t step up.

Also important is: Marvin’s health and continual improvement and Crawford’s ability to help with the scoring load.

mountain_jim

September 7th, 2009
12:19 pm

I want to see Marvin start playing with some FIRE. He has underutilized his talent every year so far. I also want to see some ability out of Woody to utilized the talent on this team for something like an offense this season. Woody is THE key to this season going as far as this lineup should go.

real#1hawksfan

September 7th, 2009
12:24 pm

Sam, I saw Josh play this summer in a pro am league and bruh I hate to tell you this but dude actually seemed to be working on his 3 point game, and from what I was seein, he aint improving. So I’m with you, if he can realize that he is not a 3 point shooter, or a perimeter player at all, he can make the All-Star team, dude is hella talented, but I get the feelin Smoove aint gonna stop shootin that 3 ball. Sorry

real#1hawksfan

September 7th, 2009
12:28 pm

Does anyone else beside myself think we would be better suited with Marvin coming off the bench? I know its not happenin cuz of the deal he just signed, but it just seems to me he would step his game up if he was challenged in that way.

Samuel

September 7th, 2009
12:29 pm

If he(Josh) doesn’t get it, we need to trade him. Maybe we can get Al Jefferson or Monta Ellis. Somebody do the math on that. Dang, I really hate to hear that.

MannyT

September 7th, 2009
12:32 pm

I’ll keep an eye open here, but I cannot pull the trigger on the NBA watch before the NFL starts.

As a guy who has been around for championships in other towns, I am not settling, but I don’t expect a Hawks championship this season. Sure it could happen, but I recognize that the peak for the Hawks in my memory banks was matched last season…2nd round of the playoffs. If they hold that playoff level, Woody gets a new deal regardless of the seeding.

Woody’s definitely on the spot as I think he has more of his team than the GMs team. He seems to thrive in the middle of the pressure cooker that typically wilts the crabs and crawfish this time of year ;-)

Given the team’s depth, I think it is so much more on him to make the right moves when guys are in ruts. I don’t put the pressure on the rookie or the seasoned vets. Coach has to find the right combinations to exploit the Hawks advantages. I think he has struggled with this in the past. Maybe he will see the light with more vets and another year of experience from his young guys.

By the way, no arms folded in that pic. Gotta have the arm folding for an official BWAF!

Ken Strickland

September 7th, 2009
12:32 pm

If the talent on this yrs team is properly utilized, players aren’t overplayed, the OFF is upgraded and we consistently play an uptempo style of play, we can easily capture the 3rd seed. I don’t think Cleveland will enjoy the same level of success they experienced last yr. WITH WOODSON MAKING A PUBLIC ISSUE AND DISTRACTION WITH HIS CONTRACT DEMANDS, IT REALLY BOILS DOWN TO WHETHER HE’LL COACH INTELLIGENTLY AND CONFIDENTLY, OR COACH SCARED AND LIMIT EVERYTHING HE DOES.

terrell barron

September 7th, 2009
12:34 pm

Jamaaliver, why break up the starting lineup? We need a spark off the bench. Crawford is that spark. I’m sure we’ll get to see Crawford and JJ on the floor at the same time at some point. But if it aint broke, dont fix it. Besides, we need Marvin’s length on the defensive end. With all that said, Woody wouldn’t bench Marvin for Chills or Evans, and I very seriously doubt ole stubborn azz would bench him for Crawford. And I have to agree with him, for once.

Doug

September 7th, 2009
12:35 pm

The quickness, athleticism, scoring ability AND playmaking skills of Crawford and Teague combined with the savy and size of Smith and Cliins give the Hawks something they have not had for years: Quality depth. Hopefully Woodson is smart and secure enough to use that depth over the course of the season! If given minutes Teague will be one of the best rookies in the league

real#1hawksfan

September 7th, 2009
12:37 pm

I think the fact that he’s a real fan favorite and happens to be from here is gonna keep JSmoove here through the length of that deal. I think Woody is probably the only one who ever really confronts Josh abut his game but Josh cant stand Woody so he aint gonna listen. Everyone else around him is probably a “yes-man” tryin to get a piece of that 10 mil per. Bottom line is if he ever gets his head together the sky’s the limit, I as a hawks fan really hope he does, cause stoudemire would look real good next to Joe and Horford.

real#1hawksfan

September 7th, 2009
12:41 pm

TB, if marvin actually used his length on the defensive end I would agree with you but lets be real, aint nobody in the league swallowin spit cause Marvin is checkn them.

terrell barron

September 7th, 2009
12:46 pm

Marvin is a pretty good defender. Like him or not.

rms

September 7th, 2009
12:47 pm

Ahhh, you’re right Manny T. Thats not an official BWAF, but you gotta admit he does look as if he is about to fold his arms any second now!!!!

real#1hawksfan

September 7th, 2009
12:53 pm

I like him because he’s on my team, I just would like him more if he’d step it up a little and I just think maybe a 6th man role would help motivate him to be the player everyone in the orginization seems to think he can be. I like him but I”m not satisfied with his contributions to what the Hawks are trying to bulid. :-( Chris Paul) Let me go throw up now. That name for some reason makes me sick.

UGA

September 7th, 2009
12:53 pm

Josh Smith is the most critical to me. If he just plays solid every night, we will be pretty dang good. We can’t have him hanging out on the perimeter for sure. We also need some one who can score on the block and I think the best player we have to do that is Marvin. I would like to see us post him up more on that left block and him score.

Sekou, Is there anyone out there un-signed that you could see helping with depth? If Teague can defend, then I think that helps with Bibby’s unablilty to defend the quicker PG’s. Do we need another wing to come in like a Gerald Green, Carney or one of the Graham twins who are un-signed?

terrell barron

September 7th, 2009
12:57 pm

Just like I figured, your’re still caught up in th eChris Paul thing. Let it go man, let it go.

real#1hawksfan

September 7th, 2009
1:03 pm

You’re right. Im tryin, its hard though man. Damn what could’ve been

terrell barron

September 7th, 2009
1:08 pm

Crawford is this years version of Flip Murray. We need him to come off the bench with Teague, Evans, Smith, and Zaza. Teague and Crawford would be tough to deal with. There’s no need to break up the chemistry of our younguns. Marvin is a part of the solution, not the problem. Stop hatin. And if you still want to blame somebody for passing on CP3, blame the Head coach. HE WANTED A VET, so the yes man had to get him a vet. Turned out to be a bad move(Speedy), but he was the best available VETERAN pg available at the time. I’m sure BK and Woody didn’t agree on the selection of Marvin,(I’m not sure, just assuming), but BK’s hands were tied. Woody had the ASG backing him up. Thats why BK is at home, and Woody is still around.

Ariose

September 7th, 2009
1:09 pm

Sekou, Do you think you could interview guys like Bibby, JJ, and Mo Evans about the similarities/differences between Mike Woodson & their previous Head Coaches(Adleman/D Antoni/Phil Jackson)? I dont really want a personality profile, i’m thinking more of an X’s & O’s type of interview…

Rod from College Park

September 7th, 2009
1:09 pm

#realhawksfan, mountain_jim, Jamaaliver,

Totally agree. Marvin is the weak link on this team. If he played to the ability that we thought he had when we drafted him, we would be a top 1 or 2 team in the east. Jamal at the 2 and Joe at the 3, I am predicting will be our most effective lineup this year. Joe needs another true scorer on the floor with him to be more effective. Marvin by no means is a great defender like many on this blog will try to argue. Our problem in the playoffs was the inability to score, and Marvin has proved over his time in the league that he does not have the mentality or the game to be a consistent scorer in the league. I like Bibby(Teague), Jamal, and Joe, on the floor against Rondo, Allen and Pierce or Williams, West and Lebron ,as opposed to Marvin, who can not defend smaller players, and does not take advantage of his length on the offensive side either. You all would be correct.

The first track of SamRod's mind

September 7th, 2009
1:14 pm

Marvin sucks.

The second track of SamRod's mind

September 7th, 2009
1:15 pm

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kirkinga

September 7th, 2009
1:16 pm

Well Chipper Jones and Brian McCann for one…

Oh wait,uh, wrong blog.

Go Hawks!!

Ramon

September 7th, 2009
1:17 pm

Real, you do realize Bibby, when describing Smooth’s assets, described him as a great athletic player who has the ability to shoot the 3 consistently right? Truthfully, if you take away some of the ‘2 seconds on the shot clock’ out of his percentages, you will see Smooth is actually right at about 32% from deep, and that isn’t horrible. When KG came into the league, he shot worse than Smooth does. But over time his shot developed, and it was because he kept practicing with it. I’m for Smooth continuing to shoot 3s. He only averages 1.4 3 point attempts a game. So no one is going to sit here and tell me that we lose games because of less than 2 possessions a game. Especially when his defense probably spoils 5-6 possessions a game for the other team. So I say KEEP SHOOTING SMOOTH!!!

terrell barron

September 7th, 2009
1:24 pm

Whatever Rod. Did’nt mean to wake you up. haha

Ariose

September 7th, 2009
1:24 pm

I’m Worried about Jamal Crawford and Josh Smith. That is all…

RA

September 7th, 2009
1:27 pm

Sekou, great write up. It comes down to those five points, bottomline. This is what I would add. Everyone needs to know they’re role. Woodson needs to understand that there’s nothing that he can do about his contract. He needs to commit himself to the on-court performance of his team so that if he isn’t with the Hawks next season, he’ll be with somebody. Joe Johnson isn’t the type of player that can’t carry a team over the course of an 83 game season and through the playoffs. He’s got to have help, and he’s got it. He has got to see his role not only as primary scorer, but also as primary facilitator of the offense, even if that means letting it run through someone, or a few someones, else from time to time. Crawford needs to give other teams nightmares everytime he comes off the bench, and he can. Rick Sund just needs to keep up the good work, and I have no reason to believe that he won’t, and Mike Bibby needs to pass on what he’s learned about the game to Teague. Granted Bibby can’t be the slashing attacking gaurd that he was ten years ago, but Teague can, and with the right guidance, I think it could happen sooner than later.

Ariose

September 7th, 2009
1:29 pm

I will say this again, I have no problem with Smoove leading the break most of the time. You guys are blowing that aspect of his game way out of proportion. He has more Half-cout “set-play” tunovers last season than he had transition offense tunovers(I can probably count them on one hand)… He has dribbled down the court to find a wide open JJ in the corner tons of times. He just draws so much attention b/c everyone thinks he’s going to embarass them at the rim.

Ariose

September 7th, 2009
1:31 pm

Ramon, I agree!

terrell barron

September 7th, 2009
1:32 pm

Rod, has Horford played up to the ability we thought we had when we drafted him at #3? Did Chills play up to the ability we thought we had when we drafted him at #6? Did Acie play up to the ability we thought we had when we drafted him at #11? Stop hatin on Marvin. Draft status is an afterthought once you make it to the next level. Marvin is a part of this TEAM. Get over it man. And you think JJ was tied last year, let him go out there and try to guard the Lebron’s, the Pierce’s, the Rashard’s, and the Granger’s every night.

terrell barron

September 7th, 2009
1:33 pm

I meant tired, not tied.

Ariose

September 7th, 2009
1:34 pm

TB, Exellent point.

Pop

September 7th, 2009
1:35 pm

Woody has to step up the most. If he’s a better-than-average coach, the Hawks will push the three teams above them and bury those below. If he’s not, the Hawks will be the same, or fall back and then it will be time for him to go.

terrell barron

September 7th, 2009
1:39 pm

Look out Ariose, Rod is on the prowl. lol!

niremetal

September 7th, 2009
1:51 pm

Great post, TB.

swatguy

September 7th, 2009
1:52 pm

SS,
It without a doubt, starts with Woody. He is the leader (I good one I think) and more so because there seems to be no “true”(developed and ready) leader on the roster. But without a contract, Woody’s authority is hampered. Without a contract, Sund has him on edge and thats not good for the coach/gm relationship area. Woody will have to rise to the top as a coach to survive this season.

Josh/Marvin, the second dynamic duo on this team. They have the talent to be All-Stars. They are not tender-foots anymore and have to ascend as “grown men” in the NBA.

Zaza/JoeS/Collins/: Have to be as respected as any other frontline in the league. They do not have to be as good as the best. But they need to “bring the wood” everytime. Give no quarters and insist opponent bigs earn (what they get) every moment of the game.

Joe/Jamal, the other dynamic duo. Just play ball. Jamal may be the scariest scorer on the team and should make Joe better.

PG’s We need a third PG because the season gets long and Teague is a rookie spelling an older Bibby. Need another vet that can maturely convey Woody’s game plan effectively.