Atlanta Hawks: Q and A with Anthony Tolliver

Vivlamore reporting before Hawks practice Tuesday.

Anthony Tolliver enters his fifth season in the NBA after spending the past two years in Minnesota after stints in San Antonio, Portland and Golden State. He is competing for one of perhaps a couple roster spots on the Hawks this training camp.

Here is a Q&A I did with Tolliver this week.

Q. What was your offseason like in the process of choosing to come to Atlanta?

A. It was interesting. It was a very long offseason, something I didn’t want to do. The whole offseason, for the most part, I was planning on going back to Minnesota. We had mutual interest. I definitely had interest from other teams, including Atlanta. Things were lining up but toward the end of free agency, and approaching October, things closed off over there. I just made sure we kept in contact with the Hawks and a couple of other teams. This situation opened up and it ended up looking pretty good for me.

Q. What makes this situation attractive for you?

A. I think I’m unique. I think I’m a guy if you put on this roster can do a lot of different things. There are other things that guys can do here but what I bring to the table is unique. Once I saw that, I really felt like this would be a good situation for me.

Q. What are those things that make you unique?

A. I think me being able to guard multiple positions. We have some guys who can do that but paring that with me being able to shoot and play multiple positions on the offensive end, I think helps bring more versatility to the team and more size.

Q. Do you look at the roster here and see that there are 13 guaranteed contracts here so maybe only a couple of open spots?

A. Not really. My mindset is once I sign, I’m here. I don’t really think about anything else but competing for playing time. That’s how I approach all these different situations. Obviously, ideally, my contract situation was not what I was looking for but at the end of the day I’ve been through this before. I’ve succeeded so it’s just another challenge to make me a better player.

Q. What indication did they give you as to what your role might be on the team?

A. Kind of like I said, be able to come in and be a versatile guy and play different positions, guard different positions, be able to spread the floor for our perimeter guys who are slashers. I think all those things put together makes this a very good fit.

Q. What were your thoughts about the exhibition opener and how this team is developing with so many new faces?

A. I think it’s going to take a little while. It was rusty but that is what you expect out of your first preseason game. You expect the team to get better though. Our first showing being a win, being competitive, everybody played hard so that’s always a positive sign. I think it’s something good to build on.

- Chris Vivlamore

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11 comments Add your comment

doc

October 9th, 2012
11:38 am

lost a post because it was closed so fast. bummer!

doc

October 9th, 2012
11:41 am

offense or off season?

MsDee

October 9th, 2012
11:55 am

Im still trying to figure out what makes him so “versatile”

Ra'mon

October 9th, 2012
12:49 pm

So Tolliver thinks that he’s the only big on the roster that can guard multiple positions? So I guess Josh, Al, and Ivan can only guard one position each. No wonder that switch defense didn’t work, lol.

glw

October 9th, 2012
1:17 pm

So despite what some bloggers thought of him being a “4″, he is essentially a combo forward and would play the “3″ or the “4″.

Najeh Davenpoop

October 9th, 2012
1:50 pm

I hope “versatile” in this case isn’t a code word for “jump-shooting”, because that’s what he’s been most of his career, and that’s something the Hawks already get plenty from their big men.

O'Brien

October 9th, 2012
1:55 pm

FTPB,

Melvin,

Watching MNF, I was thinking the same thing. Andre Johnson and Joe Johnson look like they could be kin folk.

O'Brien

October 9th, 2012
2:03 pm

I don’t see what’s versatile about Anthony Tolliver. First of all, even if he can guard multiple positions, nothing in his career suggests he can do it effectively (despite being 6’8”, 240 lbs). And he is mostly known for being a jump shooter.

Ken Strickland

October 9th, 2012
2:41 pm

Tolliver isn’t just a jumpshooter, he’s a stretch 4, which means he stretches the DEF frontline and takes a frontcourt rebounder and interior defender away from the basket. That might be more important to Ferry and/or Drew than having an extra 3pt shooting backcourt player. When you look at the elite NBA teams, you’ll notice they tend to have at least one 3pt shooting frontcourt player.

MsDee

October 9th, 2012
2:48 pm

Chris Vivlamore ‏@ajchawks
#Hawks guard Devin Harris (knee) returns to full-contact practice. No decision when he may play preseason game.

Ra'mon

October 9th, 2012
2:55 pm

KenS, who do the Boston Celtics, Lakers, and Heat have as a 3 pt shooting front court player? Bosh just extended his range last season. And Battier is still an SF.

I still believe that there’s no good reason to add Tolliver instead of Blatche who was available all off season. Or even making a trade for Blair who’s been available this off season according to sources.