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This hiring falls on the ASG.
Drew was not necessarily a bad hiring but more of a cheap one. He was the easy way out for an ownership spending money in all the wrong places, and not spending them in all of the right ones.
Drew failed to implement the motion offense he promised, as he also failed with having complete control over the team. He could not get Josh Smith's head in the game, letting him roam the perimeter and jack up ill-advised 18 footers. He called plays in which Smith would be on the perimeter, only further tempting him to shoot. He didn't give Al Horford enough touches, as well.
The loss of Jordan Crawford can also be traced back to poor decision-making by Drew. Because Drew refused to play Jeff Teague throughout the regular season, there became a legitimate concern for the Hawks issues with point guard play. Mike Bibby was getting burned on every play, and his aging knees no longer gave him the legs needed to run an offense. Instead of just playing the explosive Jeff Teague and buying out Bibby or letting him ride the bench, he traded Bibby, Jordan Crawford and Mo Evans to the Washington Wizards for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong.
Hinrich is most definitely a mastermind of perimeter defense. He does all the right things defensively, but as shown against the Bulls, the Hawks hardly missed a beat without him when Jeff Teague took over. Teague was much more of a playmaker and offensive contributor, while his defense was sufficient to say the least.
Because Drew never played Crawford either, he didn't know the Hawks had found a diamond in the rough with their 24th pick (technically he was 27th pick, but he was traded for the 24th pick, Damion James). When Crawford went to Washington he exploded by dropping 39 points in one game and going for a triple-double in another. With Jordan Crawford, the Hawks would be in an easier position to let Jamal Crawford walk, knowing that Jordan was an able replacement. To think about all this talent in Teague and Crawford left floundering on the bench, Drew just wasn't smart enough to realize it.
Still, as far as adjusting to teams defensively, Drew showed plenty of worth, being creative enough to single-cover Dwight Howard and let him do his damage, while shutting down all of the other players. It was a strategy that worked as the Hawks surprised the Magic in the first round of the playoffs.
He took the Hawks further than Mike Woodson ever did, but his failure to give the Hawks an identity, along with his bad personnel decisions, should be the deciding factor. After or before next season, the Hawks should look for a more experienced coach to take over.