ATLANTA Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew said there were a lot of reasons why he was happy to have Dahntay Jones on his team.
When he was held out of a game or others times when he has played sparingly six times since arriving from Dallas for Anthony Morrow on Feb. 21, the day the NBA trading deadline elapsed, Jones has played between two and seven minutes he has not pouted, even though he has struggled with it.
Drew said he has found Jones engaging in the locker room and trying his hardest to get up to speed on the team's offensive and defensive systems. Most of all, though, Drew and general manager Danny Ferry said Jones' acquisition has helped to fill a big void in the role of a perimeter defender a role that thrust Jones into the center of a high-profile controversy late last week with one of the league's biggest stars.
"Dahntay, he's a terrific defender," Drew said. "Not that they won't score on him but he's going to make them work for it."
Said the 6-foot-6 Jones: "That'...