After Draft day, the Atlanta Hawks look better than they did the day before it considering they now have acquired Jamal Crawford, a player who averaged 19.7 points for the Golden State Warriors last season, for Acie Law and Speedy Claxton.
Atlanta managed to get a scorer who is excited about being in Atlanta for only 2 backup point guards (one unproven and one getting older by the minute).
Which brings me to the Draft.
With the 19th pick in the NBA Draft, the Hawks selected Jeff Teague out of Wake Forest.
Teague is a point guard who has proven he has the playmaking ability to be a starter one day in the NBA and become the player we all hoped Acie Law would be. Hopefully, the Hawks can keep Bibby for another year or two to show him the route, then he should be ready to handle the Hawks offense himself.
With their second round pick, Atlanta took Sergiy Gladyr. Most people would ask who on this earth is that?
Gladyr is actually a 19 year-old kid from Ukraine. He is 6'5" with a tremendous shooting ability (last year he made eleven 3's in a game in Europe). Also, he has been reported to be a very good athlete as well. If he can develop into a pure NBA shooter, that could stretch the defense for the Hawks offense.
Now for the exciting news. It has been rumored that Atlanta may have a chance of getting Amar'e Stoudemire from the Phoenix Suns. Trade talks have been surrounding Stoudemire for the past few months now, and with a little luck he could end up in Atlanta.
The Hawks would have to give up Josh Smith and either another player or some cash for an All-Star center who can take over a game with scoring, defense, and rebounding, which I would consider to be a worthy price.
With Stoudemire providing them with a true center presence, they now can move Al Horford to his natural position at power forward.
With Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, possibly Bibby and Flip Murray, and an upcoming player in Teague to compliment them on the perimeter, the Hawks could make some noise.
Don't forget about Zaza coming off the bench to bring the hustle and energy that he always brings.
The key between making the Playoffs next season and having a chance to contend in the Playoffs for Atlanta lies with Amar'e Stoudemire. The Hawks need to be willing to give what his necessary to bring Stoudemire to "Hotlanta".
So Hawks fans, lets cross our fingers and hope Amar'e comes to Atlanta, Teague develops into the player Acie Law never did, and Crawford finds his niche in Atlanta to get the Hawks another top-four finish in the Eastern Conference and confidence heading in the post-season knowing they can win.
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