Atlanta Hawks: Previewing Post-Trade Rotation

Nikhil DilipCorrespondent IIIJuly 3, 2012

Atlanta Hawks: Previewing Post-Trade Rotation

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    On July 1, new Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, who took up the job just days ago, swung two trades to keep the team's fiscal flexibility.

    First, he dealt All-Star guard Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets for Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson (who was re-signed then traded) and a Houston's first round draft pick next year (lottery protected).

    Hours later, he dealt forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz in exchange for point guard Devin Harris.

    Dealing two players and receiving six in return, the Hawks' rotation has significantly changed, so here is a prediction of the lineups they will roll out come this October.

Starting Point Guard: Jeff Teague

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    Jeff Teague blossomed as the Hawks' starting point guard last year and led the team to the playoffs. After spending two years backing up Mike Bibby, Teague averaged nearly 13 points and five assists in his first year as a starter in the lockout-shortened season.

    He will be the offensive leader of this team going forward but still has to prove that he deserves to start over veteran guard Devin Harris.

    And after his brother Marquis was drafted by the Bulls, maybe he also wants to prove that he is the best basketball player in his own family.

Starting Shooting Guard: John Jenkins

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    John Jenkins averaged just under 20 points during both his sophomore and junior years at Vanderbilt and will surely provide a scoring punch for the Hawks next season.

    Atlanta will definitely miss All-Star guard Joe Johnson, who could put up 25 points on any given night.

    Though Jenkins may be better suited coming off the bench to provide an offensive stigma to a team at this point in his career, Atlanta simply does not have enough quality perimeter players to allow Jenkins to come off the bench.

Starting Small Forward: Anthony Morrow

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    Anthony Morrow, a sharpshooting wing, will look to provide another good perimeter scoring option for Teague to dish the ball to.

    Morrow averaged 12 points in 62 games (including 18 starts) this season for the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets and looks to fit into a similar role for the Hawks.

    He has made nearly two three-pointers a game during his tenure with the Nets, which began during the 2010-11 campaign.

    While the Hawks' talented post players draw attention to the paint, Morrow will surely get enough looks from deep next season.

Starting Power Forward: Josh Smith

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    It's no secret that Josh Smith has wanted out of Atlanta, but he reportedly approves of the new direction GM Danny Ferry is taking the team.

    Smith is still dealing with maturity issues but will surely be a great player for the Hawks on both ends of the court next season.

    The high-flyer has played with a chip on his shoulder the past few seasons after repeatedly being snubbed from the All-Star team.

    He will try to prove his doubters wrong this season and will be a solid defensive presence for the Hawks.

Starting Center: Al Horford

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    Two-time NCAA champion Al Horford spent the majority of last season sidelined with an injury and was only able to play 11 regular season games this past year.

    Although he only averaged 12 points and seven rebounds over the course of the regular season, he increased those numbers to 15 points and eight rebounds in the first round against the Boston Celtics.

    Horford is back to 100 percent and will surely give defenders worries next season, wreaking havoc in the paint.

Reserve Guards

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    Devin Harris

    After the Utah Jazz acquired Mo Williams in a three-team deal that sent Lamar Odom to the Clippers, it was a foregone conclusion that Harris was on his way out of Utah. Now that the Hawks have acquired him, he will provide a veteran presence in the locker room, help mentor Teague and compete for minutes at both guard positions.

     

    Jordan Farmar

    Farmar averaged slightly over 10 points and 3 assists during his second season in New Jersey this past year and was a good backup to Deron Williams. Though he is third on the depth chart at the point guard position, behind Teague and Harris, Farmar can come onto the floor at either guard position for 15 minutes a game and lead the reserve unit.

     

    DeShawn Stevenson

    The tattooed veteran averaged just south of three points per game with the Nets during the 2011-2012 season and may not see quality minutes as a Hawk, though he does bring championship experience after starting on the 2011 champion Dallas Mavericks squad.

Reserve Wings

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    Mike Scott

    Scott played five years for the University of Virginia (he was granted a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility after suffering a season-ending injury in his then-senior year). He averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds during his final season and will look to provide a tough punch to the Hawks next season.

    Jordan Williams

    Williams averaged 15 minutes during his first year out of Maryland last year. The sophomore will look to improve upon his five points and four rebounds a game as a Hawk.

Reserve Centers

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    Zaza Pachulia

    Pachulia provided quality minutes for the majority of the season for the Hawks after Horford went down with the injury. He started 54 games and scored eight points and collected eight rebounds a game. He will be able to provide more minutes as a backup next season after recovering from injury.

    Johan Petro

    Petro averaged four points and four rebounds last year for the Nets in 59 games, including 10 starts. He can back up Horford or Pachulia next season and can be a decent defensive presence.