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Before being replaced by Miles Plumlee due to injury, the 31-year old rookie Pero Antic was named to the Rising Stars Game after posting averages of 5.8 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game for the first half of the year.
He started out the year receiving little playing time, but after Al Horford went down for the year, Antic was thrust into the starting lineup.
So far, the results have been a mixed bag.
What the Hawks need most from the 6’11”, 260-pound center is rebounding, where they are currently ranked 26th in the league.
As a starter, Antic has only posted double-digit marks in rebounds once (12 against the Orlando Magic, and averaged only 5.9 rebounds per game for the month of January.
On the flip side, he shot a high percentage from the field at 49.2 percent during January, including getting double-digit points five times.
Given that he is a rookie and that going from reserve to starter for a top tier team is no easy transition, I will let my gripes with his rebounding slide a bit. However, the Hawks definitely need him to be an imposing figure on the glass as he gets more acclimated to his new role once he gets back from injury.