Found September 28, 2013 on The Farm Club:
Another season arises for the Atlanta Hawks. GM Danny Ferry underwent a very busy offseason that involved a lot of cap space and players to sign. The Hawks were rumored to be in the hunt for Chris Paul and Dwight Howard but did not receive any one of them. Paul resigned with the Los Angeles Clippers and Howard left the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets. Ferry did use the cap money to retain key players from last season. The Hawks were able to bring sharpshooter and NBA 3 point leader Kyle Korver back. Atlanta also matched the offer to Jeff Teague for a 4-year, $32 million contract that kept him from going to the Milwaukee Bucks. The team lost long-time Hawks Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia. Smith went to the Detroit Pistons and Zaza Pachulia went to Milwaukee to join recently dismissed Atlanta head coach, Larry Drew. The Hawks signed former Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach. After winning four championships in San Antonio with Greg Papovich, former Spurs GM and current Hawks GM Danny Ferry expects Budenholzer’s winning regime to continue its tradition coming into Atlanta. The Hawk salso  signed former Utah Jazz players, Paul Milsapp and DeMarre Carrol. Milsapp averaged 14PPG and 7 RPG with the Jazz last season. The Hawks also signed Elton Brand, who was with the Mavericks last season. Bringing in Brand will help back up Al Horford at center and reduce the high amount of minutes being played. Jared Cunningham also joined the Hawks from the Mavericks.   Atlanta took a very international approach to their roster. They signed Gustavo Ayon, who played in Mexico. He’s played for their national team since 2007. This year he led Mexico to the gold medal game against Puero Rico in the FIBA America Championship. Ayon won MVP of the tournament. He also spent  the 2011-2013 seasons with the Pelicans, Magic, and Bucks. The Hawks also brought in Pero Antic from the country of Macedonia. Atlanta’s first pick in the draft was Dennis Schroeder from Germany. Schroeder is a lighting-quick point guard that averaged 12 points, three assists, and two rebounds during his professional career in Germany.   The Hawks will bring a huge part of their team back and that is Lou Williams. Williams was the sixth man in Atlanta but earned the starting spot at SG. He suffered a season-ending leg injury in a game against the Brooklyn Nets in January. Before the injury, Williams averaged 14PPG, 3 APG, and 2 RPG. Lou Williams will most likely increase his stats if he remains the starting SG. With Williams being the SG, Atlanta can place Kyle Korver at his second position, Small Forward. Hawks’ Center Al Horford With Josh Smith departing for Detroit, Al Horford can now step up and take full leadership of the Hawks. Last season, Horford averaged 17PPG and 10 PPG. Al Horford can also get it done on the defensive end as it was displayed with his 43 double-doubles last season. By being the star of this Atlanta Hawks team, he is bound to be heading to his third NBA all-star game appearance. The Eastern Conference grows into a competitive conference year by year but the Hawks always manage to get in. Atlanta’s current streak of six straight playoff appearances is the longest in the East. The Hawks will look for Jeff Teague to be the point guard of the future as they did when they drafted him in 2009. Leadership will be a strong factor in the locker room and it will be the deciding factor on how many games the Hawks will win and how far they go in the postseason.   The post Atlanta Hawks 2013-14 Season Preview appeared first on The Farm Club.
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