Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
While it doesn't make the biggest headlines, often the most voracious position battles are between players simply vying for a roster spot.
That's certainly the case with the Atlanta Hawks, who have three unique players vying for two possible roster spots. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore, those final spots will be filled by some combination of James Anderson, Damion James and Anthony Tolliver.
The Hawks’ final two roster spots – should the team elect to keep the 15-player limit –appears to be a three-man battle between James Anderson, Damion James and Anthony Tolliver.
The Hawks have a training camp roster of 17 players after the release of forward/center Keith Benson and guard Isma’il Muhammad Thursday. With 13 guaranteed contracts, a maximum of two sports remain.
The number of players on the roster has changed down to 16 since the release of Cardell Johnson (via NBA.com) on Wednesday, but the candidates stay the same.
From a logical perspective, it seems like Tolliver should be a lock. He's a defense-minded big man (a need for Atlanta) and was highly sought after on the bargain-bin free-agent market.
That means it's all-or-nothing for Anderson and James in the coming days. At one point, both were highly touted prospects, but both have flailed in their young careers.
With the 2012-13 NBA season about to begin, it could be the end of the line for the player cut.