Healthy Horford rejoins Hawks revamped roster

Vivlamore reporting. Here is my story on Al Horford for the Thursday print edition of the AJC.

It turns out there are parts of the world where news doesn’t travel at the speed of Twitter.

Hawks center Al Horford (15) reacts after dunking the ball during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at Philips Arena in May. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Hawks center Al Horford (15) reacts after dunking the ball during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at Philips Arena in May. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

During much of the Hawks’ busy offseason, Al Horford trained with the Dominican Republic National team. The center was in South America for a three-week stint – during which the Hawks traded six-time All-Star Joe Johnson and former first-round pick Marvin Williams in separate deals. Horford was without the internet and had to rely on phone calls from his father, Tito, for one shocking update after another.

In addition, Horford’s name was often mentioned in rumors as the Hawks were one team interested in trading for Dwight Howard.

“For me it was a good time to be away from everything,” Horford said.

A healthy Horford is back with his new-look team after being limited to 11 regular-season and three playoff games with a torn left pectoral muscle last season. He will be counted on heavily for his production and leadership during the transition of roster and offensive style.

The two-time All-Star will again start at center, according to coach Larry Drew. However, the coach maintains, there will be times when Zaza Pachulia will start at center and Horford will move to power forward and Josh Smith to small forward. Such a lineup adjustment would help a now-smaller unit after the losses of Johnson and Williams.

“I want to allow myself that type of flexibility again,” Drew said.

Horford said he and Smith are “drooling” over the prospects of playing the more up-tempo offense Drew has in mind with Jeff Teague being joined by Devin Harris and Lou Williams at point guard. The key to the season will be how long it takes all the new players, of which Horford is one of just five returners, to mesh as a unit.

“I know we have a lot of work to do,” Horford said. “We have so many new players. We don’t know how long it’s going to take to gel. Hopefully it’s going to take just the month of October, maybe some of November, for us to start figuring it out.”

Horford averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in his limited play last season. The numbers were slightly down from the previous two seasons when Horford was named an Eastern Conference All-Star.

Missing their center, and his less than 100 percent return for the playoffs, many thought the organization would try one more time to chase an NBA title with the Core Four of Horford, Smith, Johnson and Williams. The Hawks didn’t get past with second round of the playoffs with the group in five straight postseason appearance. Enter Danny Ferry as the new general manager and the roster quickly – and dramatically – changed.

Still, Horford can’t help but wonder what could have been.

“That’s always going to remain the mystery,” Horford said. “We didn’t quite know if we maybe if I was healthy, if Zaza was healthy what would have happened. I think [Ferry] based his decision on our previous playoff history. I think that last year was the year for us if we would have been healthy. I think we would have definitely broke through that barrier.”

The 26-year-old has been thrust into a leadership role, along with Smith, as he enters his sixth season. The Hawks will also need him to regain his All-Star form if they are not to take a step backward.

- Chris Vivlamore

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72 comments Add your comment

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

Man, you have to keep your head on a swivel with C-Viv. You never know when you may be blind-sided with the 17th blog of the day.

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
4:52 pm

I would say “First”, but I may be “Only” with another blog posted in mere seconds. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Buddy Grizzard

October 3rd, 2012
4:57 pm

LOL@ all the trolls pining for Al Jefferson. He’s slow, has worse career scoring and rebounding averages in the playoffs than Al Horford and can’t guard anybody. Yes, by all means let’s get Al Jefferson so we can go to the lottery.

Also, all of these trade proposals are stupid because Jefferson will be a free agent and the Hawks can sign him outright with cap space instead of giving up an asset. STOP CRYING SO MUCH. HERE’S SOME TISSUE.

http://gothicginobili.com/?p=4113#p3

Chris Vivlamore

October 3rd, 2012
5:02 pm

All: Well, I said I wasn’t going to have another four blog day but … things happen. Going to go dark for the rest of the evening. Enjoy!

grimey

October 3rd, 2012
5:09 pm

Hey c viv can we say missing our power forward. I hope he starts there

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
5:09 pm

Well, on debate night, C-Viv has fed red meat to the Trolls. This blog will draw flies like a fresh pile of ish.

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
5:10 pm

…drawer flies…

That Man!

October 3rd, 2012
5:23 pm

Well Its nice to know hes healthy. Now maybe we can see what his trade value is.

I think you have a negative attitude asshoe.bloe

Buddy Grizzard

October 3rd, 2012
5:31 pm

All good, C-Viv. Enjoying the information overload.

Hey Slimjr… it looks like our boy Derrick Williams is trying to get his ish together this year:

http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_21684504/timberwolves-derrick-williams-shows-he-means-business

B-Easy is gone and Kirilenko will probably get injured, so this could be his year.

Shawty

October 3rd, 2012
5:35 pm

Its funny that all the bloggers who want the hawks to get better by getting a better center,they are classified as ” trolls” but the few Al fans are what; the cream of the blog page? Whats wrong with this picture?

My question(s) is/are to Super V.

Its it possible that we could start both Zaza and Josh (who is the teams best power forward and one of the best in the NBA) and have Al come off the bench?

Why is it necessary to have Josh who is a better power forward move over for Al? that weakens us upfront.?

Al admitted he was on the trade board this past summer is there any talk about upgrading the center with Al Jefferson or another impact guy.

Zaza and Ivan did as well or better than Al did for 7 million dollars less. Any chance we can be more frugal and get say a Javale McGee for defensive purposes and save the money?

Thanks for the excellent work on the blogs. You are doing really good work and we appreciate you.

Buddy Grizzard

October 3rd, 2012
5:35 pm

Here’s a little something for all you JC1 and JC2 fans:

They’re both among the 20 worst players in the league at helping an offense:

http://wagesofwins.com/2012/10/03/kobe-bryant-and-the-nbas-other-worst-offensive-players/

Slimjr

October 3rd, 2012
5:39 pm

C-Viv is amazing. He’s going to sit back and watch the Fan Club defend one of the best starting 5 Centers the Hawks have ever had based on a couple of coach invites..

Speakes volumes that it appears Orlando was not motivated to take him as part of an offer, we have to assume Danny presented to try and land D12…

Perhaps GM’s around the league have a different take on this impact Allstar/AllNBA up the middle than coaches around the league..Hmmm

Opposing Pt. Guards are licking their chops when the switch is flip on and the escort service becomes fully engaged…

Slimjr

October 3rd, 2012
5:47 pm

Buddy G, this dude has loads of talent. I told B. Jerry just sit tight, the guy is not going to be another #2 Buster ala Marvina Williams.. He’s going to be an AllStar someday soon..

Romo was absolutley atrocious

Bob

October 3rd, 2012
5:47 pm

I don’t want to belittle anyone, but the NBA is becoming a joke. First there is a new rule against “flopping”. What’s next, penalties for “hipping” and “hopping”, “juking” and “jiving”…give me a break.

Slimjr

October 3rd, 2012
5:48 pm

absolutely^^^^^

AG

October 3rd, 2012
5:57 pm

Thanks for all the blogs V. Looked at the footage or Horford blowing past Petro. I certainly think I would want Benson (at this point) over that guy. I guess you Horford haters may want him as the starter of the team, or Magnum Rolle.

Nevertheless, maybe Ivan can work his way into a starting position…. I hope camp is open for all players to get an opportunity – not just making Lou the 6th man.

brigadierjerry

October 3rd, 2012
6:04 pm

slimjr,

would u trade derrick williams for al horford right now?if u would please tell me why so since u are traing big for small?

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
6:09 pm

I like Derrick Williams but achieving All-Star status as a forward is very, very hard (in either conference). I was hoping the Hawks would trade Joe to the T’Wolves for some combination of Williams, Darko and Brad Miller’s retiring contract.

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
6:17 pm

Someone needs to tell Teague to speak the F up during these interviews. Put some bass in your voice and project yourself like a man and a leader. Dang. (Referring to video on Hawks website).

Clarification

October 3rd, 2012
6:21 pm

“Speakes volumes that it appears Orlando was not motivated to take him as part of an offer, we have to assume Danny presented to try and land D12…” so said slimjr

What Danny Ferry told us was that Hennigan refused to trade Dwight within the division. Period. Between Danny Ferry and slimjr, I’ll choose to believe Danny Ferry.

Grandad

October 3rd, 2012
6:21 pm

*[commentary topic relative to earlier blog]

Larry Drew is beginning to wear on my nerves.

He says:
“open competition”; yet three spots are filled.
** unfair to Zaza **

He says defense 1st:
yet, he never speaks of his philosophy of coaching … only;
using hot words such as emphasis or defense 1st.

When he speaks of offense; he doesn`t use concepts, only coach speak.
Example:
I can`t get in all of my offense by the 1st game.
-note-
Any teacher would say:
teach the concepts; then fill in the details.
teaching is an ongoing process;
of course one would not complete the process by the 1st game.
An experienced, well spoken coach who is not in over his head;
one who is not intimidated by Danny Ferry would not be wingin` it
in the press.

We all know LD is an offensive coordinator who wears the HC suit.
We know ‘Lester Conner’ coaches def.
LC is still with us – correct – ?
LD is learning to be a ‘HC’ as he goes.

Having coached – I know the difference between being
-commited- to Defense,
rather than the coach who tries to convince his team that he
-emphasizes- defense.

LD smacks of faking it.

Everything from talkin defense to his mandated trip to Israel.

I`m sorry … 30 games.

Grandad

October 3rd, 2012
6:26 pm

Slimjr

So this escort service you speak of;
the guards are not expected to defend anymore?

Slimmer … you do realize … you are prone to hyperbole ?

Grandad

October 3rd, 2012
6:38 pm

My top ‘5′ Power Rankings in Atl Sports this week:

1. C-Viv
2. Matty Ice
3. Gurshall
4. Kris Medlin
5. Lingerie football in Atlanta

Najeh Davenpoop

October 3rd, 2012
6:49 pm

Wages of Wins, if I’m not mistaken, is the same blog that published the article saying Marvin was the Hawks’ best player last season. Just saying.

Najeh Davenpoop

October 3rd, 2012
6:51 pm

Also, the information overload is great, but I wonder if it wouldn’t be better from a conversation standpoint if all the information from one day was aggregated into a single blog post, rather than being scattered over fifty-leven blog posts in a day. Hard to sustain a conversation over multiple blogs.

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
7:10 pm

Grandad, good ranking, although I would probably move your #5 item to 1-5.

Najeh, good use of fifty-leven.

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
7:12 pm

Another use of that awesome term, the Hawks have fifty-leven guards on their ‘12-13 roster.

Astro hoe

October 3rd, 2012
7:39 pm

The All Al all nut-sucking crew has taken over this blog page smell the nuts and get dizzy….

Asstro hoe

October 3rd, 2012
7:45 pm

“Opposing Pt. Guards are licking their chops when the switch is flip on and the escort service becomes fully engaged…”

Al valet escort service…. mind if I help you to the rim so you can dunk one sir?

Clarification

October 3rd, 2012
7:57 pm

you know I have to chime in, slimjr and all of the guys are right. We arent going any where along as Al is in our front court. This is the same sh i t we have been seeing over and over for years. Let get real guys. The guy just doesnt have the tools to get us very far. Its rather depressing know knowing that your center/power forward has you trapped in mediocrity.

What can we do? We tried to trade him last summer and added teague and but Orlando wasnt interested.

Al’s name was on the board 4 times this summer and we couldnt find a taker. So if we cant get rid of Al whats our next move? amnesty his 12 million a year salary? hell Jefferson is only making 14 million and we are talking about a major impact player. As opposed to Al. This is something else weve got to get straightened out like the Marvin and JJ thingy.

Clarification

October 3rd, 2012
7:58 pm

Its rather depressing knowing that your center/power forward has you trapped in mediocrity

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

October 3rd, 2012
7:59 pm

BIG IVAN FOR PRESIDENT

Clarification

October 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm

The troll cannot take being challenged without stealing handles and posting BS. He’s afraid that he doesn’t truly have a case. Otherwise he’d have real dialogue with other bloggers instead of making up new handles to agree with himself. But he’s afraid that he’s wrong. Sad.

Grandad

October 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm

Any teacher would say:
teach the concepts; then fill in the details.

I am an expert teacher. Ive taught some of the best minds in the world. My lasted pupil make world news recently.

Jerry Sandusky Trial …..Day 6….June 19, 2012 – Page 3 …
http://www.justicequest.net › … › Penn State Child Abuse Cases
30 posts – 12 authors – Jun 19
Page 3- Jerry Sandusky Trial . … I remember how my grandad raised and mentor me growing up and I would love the chance to pass that on to …

Grandad

October 3rd, 2012
8:05 pm

Now, for All you who have questions about my relationships, and Sandusky, well, every one has his opinion. Im on record for what my thoughts are

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3q4mah/

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:06 pm

“Its funny that all the bloggers who want the hawks to get better by getting a better center,they are classified as ” trolls” but the few Al fans are what; the cream of the blog page? Whats wrong with this picture? ”

So saith the troll

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:07 pm

“Now, for All you who have questions about my relationships, and Sandusky, well, every one has his opinion. Im on record for what my thoughts are”

So saith the troll

Clarification

October 3rd, 2012
8:08 pm

I really regret that Larry Drew is not allowing competition for positions.

Harris is better than teague
Zaza is better than Al

Its not good that the positions arent open for competition. LET THEM EARN IT!!

The only one who has earned his starting position is Josh

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:09 pm

“Any teacher would say:
teach the concepts; then fill in the details.

I am an expert teacher. Ive taught some of the best minds in the world. My lasted pupil make world news recently.

Jerry Sandusky Trial …..Day 6….June 19, 2012 – Page 3 …
http://www.justicequest.net › … › Penn State Child Abuse Cases
30 posts – 12 authors – Jun 19
Page 3- Jerry Sandusky Trial . … I remember how my grandad raised and mentor me growing up and I would love the chance to pass that on to”

So saith the troll

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:10 pm

I really regret that Larry Drew is not allowing competition for positions.

Harris is better than teague
“Zaza is better than Al

Its not good that the positions arent open for competition. LET THEM EARN IT!!

The only one who has earned his starting position is Josh”

So saith the troll

No comment.

October 3rd, 2012
8:10 pm

Grandad is that a picture of you in that link at 8:05?

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

Grandad is that a picture of you in that link at 8:05?

So saith the troll

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

“Grandad is that a picture of you in that link at 8:05?”

So asketh the troll.

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:13 pm

The troll cannot take being challenged without stealing handles and posting BS. He’s afraid that he doesn’t truly have a case. Otherwise he’d have real dialogue with other bloggers instead of making up new handles to agree with himself. But he’s afraid that he’s wrong. Sad.

So saith the troll

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:14 pm

The troll cannot take being challenged without stealing handles and posting BS. He’s afraid that he doesn’t truly have a case. Otherwise he’d have real dialogue with other bloggers instead of making up new handles to agree with himself. But he’s afraid that he’s wrong. Sad.

So thinketh the troll

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:19 pm

“So thinketh the troll”

So saith the troll

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:23 pm

Urban Dictionary: granddad
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=granddad
if he was Jerry Sandusky. Hence the name for this whiskey. Granddad came over to spend the night and we drank Old …

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:25 pm

“Well Its nice to know hes healthy. Now maybe we can see what his trade value is.

I think you have a negative attitude asshoe.bloe”

So saith the troll

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:27 pm

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:29 pm

“Well Its nice to know hes healthy. Now maybe we can see what his trade value is.

I think you have a negative attitude asshoe.bloe”

So thinketh the troll

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:31 pm

Reality Check

October 3rd, 2012
8:32 pm

“Urban Dictionary: granddad
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=granddad
if he was Jerry Sandusky. Hence the name for this whiskey. Granddad came over to spend the night and we drank Old …”

So saith the troll T r u t h S e r u m

lewis

October 3rd, 2012
8:37 pm

Blog people from the past few years,

We all thought ZaZa sucked, had no hands and no ability to finish.

I legitimately thought he was the worst player on the team for awhile.

Now when I think about it – ZaZa is active size – that’s hard to find in this league. Shi, he’s one of the best if not the best backup center in the league.

James.

October 3rd, 2012
8:47 pm

I have to agree Lewis. But I never thought Zaza Sucked he was brought here to be a starter. I think he has out played Al and deserves his job back. Having a good back up center is not as good as having a good starting center, which we dont.

http://blogs.ajc.com/hawks/2012/10/03/healthy-horford-rejoins-hawks-revamped-roster/?cp=2#comment-333713

October 3rd, 2012
8:50 pm

Looks like we got 2 or 3 trolls locked in a downward spiral.

this is troll city. You’d think people would have better things to do with their time. This is both funny and disgusting to see 3 or 4 grown men with no lives.

http://blogs.ajc.com/hawks/2012/10/03/healthy-horford-rejoins-hawks-revamped-roster/

October 3rd, 2012
8:53 pm

Hey trolls grandad/T.S./Sautee get laid or something you guys are pathetic.

Dan

October 3rd, 2012
10:14 pm

2013 Dwight Center , Horford Power Forward, Josh Smith SF and outside shooters for the guards …..Going to be fun to watch! Probably would be the best Defensive front court of all time.

Buddy Grizzard

October 3rd, 2012
10:22 pm

Every time I post this:

http://gothicginobili.com/?p=4113#p3

the troll goes off his meds.

O'Brien

October 3rd, 2012
10:28 pm

As good as Al Jefferson is, you would think he would have been to the playoffs more often. he has been twice in his enitre 8 year career. Once coming off the bench with Boston, and the other time starting for Utah. Oh by the way, the Jazz were swept that year.

And his playoff average? 10.5pts, 7 rebs, 49% from the field. Yeah, lets get him.

vava74

October 4th, 2012
1:52 am

OB,

From previous blog.

Was that you that suggested Horford for Dalembert and a bench player making 4 million as a filler?

Or was that the troll?

Dalembert is a creer bust who never improved any of the teams he played on.

I am not pro-Horford in the sense that I consider him strictly a C and need to see him commit to that position and want to see him become again a hustler who can shoot, instead of a shooter who can hustle but that trade would be awful.

You can get way better than that for Horford if you are on “trade mode”. Heck, that would be a Babco ck/Kasten type of trade.

vava74

October 4th, 2012
2:04 am

Buddy,

Not to bust your balls on the contents of that blog but it mentions that Horford played injured during the 2010/11 playoffs…

… and I honestly don’t remember any injury that year.

He simply played poorly because he played almost all his minutes at PF:

Against ORL, he played almost exclusively PF, a position where Bass and Anderson closed on his midrange shot, virtually bringing him back to the Earth.

Against CHI, he played many minutes at the PF, with the aggravated problem that when this happened it was with Collins on the floor, who by not being an offensive threat by any stretch of imagination lead the CHI defense to close on him all the time.

Horford did play injured in the playoffs, but it was during the 2008/09’s second round against CLE, after we won the first round against MIA.

Horford was in perfect health during the 2009/10 debacle against ORL when he simply ran out of the way every time that Howard got the ball in the paint (hence my reference a few days ago to Horford being mentally scarred by that elbow to his mouth earlier that season that was converted by the refs into a +1 instead of a flagrant 2 on Howard).

vava74

October 4th, 2012
2:31 am

And, as much as kills me to say this (due to our long standing verbal feud), I would like to nominate Astro Joe as “Off-season Blogger of the Year”. :-D

He has been spot on both from a technical and a comedic level. Hilarious stuff, virtually impossible to match and cold blooded – hence balanced – analysis of what will be the 2012/13 season (if the roster remains as it is right now).

vava74

October 4th, 2012
2:57 am

My observations of the training camp footage that was inserted in the interviews:

James Anderson will NOT make the team. Benson did a good coverage on that block (he moves his feet well), but Anderson showed that he has not regained his lift/speed.

Benson’s block did look nice, but Anderson was like a snail down the paint, so I will not interpret it yet as a sign that he is actually looking good.

DeShawn looked very very fit.

Morrow seems to know how to use the Jamal leg kick when he shoots his three pointers. Too bad that this year he might be fined for that under the new flopping rule.

Korver hit that corner 3, as you would expect him to do.

Petro is probably one of the most expensive to maintain salt statues in the world. Horford blew by him like he was made of cardboard.

Horford looked more decisive with the rock on his hands (didn’t do his 5 second jab step) but Petro as the opponent is not a good enough reference.

Big Ray

October 4th, 2012
6:02 am

Glad to know Horford’s body is healthy.

Looking forward to watching these guys run and gun, but want to see some serious team defense and rebounding.

The Magic were not about to trade Howard within the same division, much less let him get paired up with Josh Smith. Of course, some of the more astute basketball minds know which issues that pairing would have presented under a coach like LD at the very least, but we won’t get into that.

Sorry, but some folks will just have to put up with Horford for now.

I like Al Jefferson as a guy you can isolate in the post for down-low scoring. He’s also a good rebounder, but not a better one than Horford (look up the stats). In fact, Horford is slightly better in that area.

Horford’s career stats: 12.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 2.4 apg, .537 shooting percentage.

Jefferson’s career stats: 16.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 1.4 apg, .501 shooting percentage.

That is with Jefferson taking a lot more shots, by the way. So why is he only 3.5 ppg better than Al?

Buddy Grizzard is right….don’t trade for him if you want him…just add him in free agency. It’s not like we won’t have the money. Is he a good addition? Possibly, but not if this team wants to run and keep running.

And to be honest, I’m not sure Ferry wants to keep it the way it’s going to be this coming season. I don’t see a long-term future of Teague/Lou/Harris. One or two of those guys will stay, the other will go. Most likely Harris at some point, he’s the oldest and Lou was signed to a long-term contract (not that this guarantees that he stays, mind you).

Jefferson does give us a bigger body, heavier anchor at center. I would not mind seeing him at Center with Horford backing him up at PF, but putting “mid-range shawty” at the SF spot requires better perimeter shooting from “shawty”, which is still not a strength for him. Even more so, it requires a legit head coach….who can take advantage of what is there. Not sure that gives us good roster balance, I’m thinking Ferry goes another direction.

Perhaps a Tyson Chandler type of player.

Al may yet be traded, but you can bet Ferry will get his worth out of any such deal, and not make the deal if the trade doesn’t make us better in the long run.

Big Ray

October 4th, 2012
6:13 am

Vava 74 ,

Excellent comments all the way around. If AJ gets the offseason blogger award, then you deserve at least an honorable mention, right? ;)

I still don’t know what to think of Benson. Maybe he is the second coming of Solomon Jones, maybe he’s better than that. Hope so, but not worried about it in the least bit.

I can’t stand Johan Petro, so I’m with you on that one. Guess we had to take ONE bad contract and keep it, eh?

I’ve actually always liked DeShawn Stevenson as a role player. Good, tough minded defender. Can hit some shots here and there and won’t hurt you on the court.

Totally agreed on Al….has to get back to what he was…rugged guy who could shoot some…not the other way around.

And you are SPOT ON about his minutes/play at PF. Without a low post threat for him to throw into or avoid coverage at his mid-range shot position, it was impossible for him to score against teams who knew how to cover it. The bad part is, part of it was coaching. Josh is clearly more of a low post threat, but he kept starting all of his “to the basket” moves further away from the basket.

Really, Josh scores at the basket well, but doesn’t have a lot of “back to the basket” game. That’s the issue. His quickness and yeah…even his handles against the right opponent allow him to get there. But he doesn’t have the strength/body weight to actually post up. Unfortunately, Al is only a little heavier/stronger, and lacks the back to the basket skill as well.

Jefferson fits in that role just fine, but not as a substitute for Al….you lose the hustle, defense, etc. Jefferson doesn’t defend so much as he gets in the way. And forget him being effective against the pick and roll or in transition….way too slow…

Big Ray

October 4th, 2012
6:17 am

Horford’s jab step is a joke. I wish he would not use it AT ALL…gives the defender time to set up in front of him. Better to get the ball and make a quick pass or simply go by the defender. Watched him do it against bigger guys like Tim Duncan and a LOT of times against Roy Hibbert.

I’m very interested in how well Anthony Morrow plays for us. I can see him getting time at both the 2 and the 3. If he’s aggressive, he’ll be a good wing for us…might even start some games, though I think he would have to fight Devin Harris off at the 2 (not sure how likely that is) and Kyle Korver at the 3 (may depend on rebounding/defense/size).

Big Ray

October 4th, 2012
6:19 am

I have no thoughts about James Anderson at all. I did find it ironic that Damion James is supposed to be in camp with us. You know, the guy Rick Sund drafted, then traded to get JC2 and a few more lap dances for Mike Gearon at his “gentlemen’s club” of choice….

vava74

October 4th, 2012
6:41 am

By the way, everyone should check the excellent coverage on peachtreehoops as well.

vava74

October 4th, 2012
6:55 am

Big Ray,

Thanks for the props but I not in the contention for Astro’s bridesmaid :-D

I posted inconsistently over the summer, but I like to think that I showed flashes here and there ;-) so I am sure that there are other guys who can get the honourable mention and the bridesmaid’s bouquet !

Maybe some day I’ll get to the all star level that Astro is exhibiting right now and get the recognition from the coaches and get selected for the team.

So, I guess that makes me a poor man’s version of Smoove as a blog participant :-D

vava74

October 4th, 2012
7:02 am

I have a good feeling about Damion Jones.

He looks like an ox and we need some bodies like that to compensate the light weights shooters.

Zaza, Ivan, Jones and Stephenson are 4 nice wide and physical guys at their respective positions.

EmirS.

October 4th, 2012
7:04 am

Get the NBA Fantasy League started!

gtt

October 4th, 2012
8:00 am

I still can’t believe Ferry was able to move that contract. Oh, thank goodness. It seems highly unlikely he would ever give a top contract to someone who’s not close to being a top player.