Atlanta Hawks: Veterans Added in Free Agency Pivotal to Success in Postseason

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IDecember 28, 2011

Josh Smith.
Josh Smith.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Due to the shortened 2011-12 NBA season schedule of 66 games rather than the regular 82, it appears that teams have really been looking to add enough depth to their rosters in order to distribute playing time effectively.

One team that has made a lot of additions has been the Atlanta Hawks, who are looking to make a further push in the Eastern Conference this season.

The Hawks have made some interesting additions to their roster in order to potentially make some noise in the Eastern Conference this season. They have brought in veterans Tracy McGrady, Jerry Stackhouse, Vladimir Radmanovic, Jannero Pargo and Willie Green to play around their core group of Al Horford, Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague and Josh Smith.

These players will make the core group’s lives easier and at the same time, pass on veteran tips throughout the season.

Stackhouse is a veteran player that can spot some minutes off the bench while Pargo can replace Kirk Hinrich for the time-being. Willie Green and Vladimir Radmanovic are shooters that can spread the floor. Tracy McGrady is another skilled veteran that can help take some of the scoring pressure off All-Star guard/forward Joe Johnson.

These are good additions for the Hawks—who in this shortened season—can distribute minutes better, and keep the starters fresh for the playoffs. This roster flexibility will also give head coach Larry Drew more options to turn to other than Kirk Hinrich (expected to miss some time due to an injury) and Marvin Williams, depending on the situation at hand.

In an action-packed NBA season where teams are expecting to play about four games per week, having enough depth on the roster is almost a requirement. The Atlanta Hawks have added some much needed depth and hopes that it carries them through the shortened NBA season as well as far into the postseason.