The Atlanta Hawks: Moves That Will Make This Team Better

Shermura AndersonContributor IMay 15, 2009

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Well the Atlanta Hawks season is officially over, having been defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games, and if you know sports, you know that was a sweep.

Well it really seem like Atlanta didn't put up any kind of fight. They looked over matched and just down right hopeless, but things will only get better from here.

Joe Johnson and Josh Smith

I been hearing a lot of people saying they have to choose between Joe Johnson and Josh Smith, well I for one say you have to do just that. What is a Jordan without a Pippen, can anyone tell me that?

I say keep them both if you want to continue growing as a championship contender, drop one and you take a step back or maybe even two if you're the Atlanta Hawks.

Don't listen to those who think you should pick because you shouldn't. I would be crazy to think of the Atlanta Hawks and not hear Josh Smith's name being called after a monstrous dunk, or hear my favorite color commentator Dominique "Nique" Wilkens explain why Atlanta has the chance to one day reign supreme over the NBA, all because of the two superstars that we have playing in Atlanta right now. Keep them both.

Flip Murray and ZaZa Pachulia

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I say keep them both. Flip has came in this year and made us forget all about Josh whats his name, nah I'm just playing but we haven't forgot about Josh Childress, but the play of Flip Murray has made us forget about the play of Josh Childress.

Flip brings some added toughness, and he seems to know how to get to the hole, when the rest of the guys are lost beyond the three-point arc, but maybe that's just me, but he is a heck of a player and i say without him like Josh Smith Atlanta just won't be the same team, no without that bench stud who's not afraid to do it all, so keep him.

ZaZa is a tough big man, that will fight hard to get those hard rebounds to keep is team ahead or not far behind. The fire that he brings to this team is unmatchable.

He has been in Atlanta for years now and was once the starting center, but I like him better off the bench as we need toughness there and he just doesn't fit the starter role, but I say keep him.

Mike Bibby and Marvin Williams

Mike Bibby has played a big role in the success of the Hawks. It was the deal at the trade deadline last year that bought the sharp shooting point guard to the Hawks, and without him, I don't Atlanta would've made it to the playoffs these past two years.

I watched a lot of games on TV and a few in person, but this guy really sticks out and he has really help mold this team into a mid grade team, not so long ago they were the joke of the league and seem to be going nowhere, so you got to keep him around for another year or so if this is possible.

Keep him if the price is right.

Marvin Williams was the No. 2 pick in the 2005 NBA draft in front of Chris Paul and Deron Williams, you would think that he would be a bit better than he is, but he's not.

He's hurt all the time, and I really think Atlanta should move him so they can get a big man and push Al Horford and Josh Smith to their normal position which is small forward for Smith and Power forward for Al, then you can bring in a big man that can guard those big guys and create match-up problems for other teams with Josh Smith at small forward.

When it comes to Marvin Williams, I say let him go and find a real big man.

Coach Mike Woodson

Mike Woodson has really done his fair share of work for this team and should really be given an extension.

If i had a vote for Coach of the Year, it would have went to this man, for improving his team from 37 wins to 47 wins, when the analysts said they wouldn't even make the playoffs leat alone fourth seed in the east.

Everyone knew that Mike Brown and Cavs were going to be better this year with the addition of Mo Williams, but what they didn't know was that the Hawks would make the playoffs, and that's a known fact.

But when it comes to Mike Woodson I say keep him, because every years since he's been coach the team has improved in wins each year, and next year could mean 50+.

Draft Needs

Atlanta picks 19th in the first round this year and have two needs, point guard and center, with Rick Sund in charge I feel we can't go wrong with this draft.

Years back, it seemed like we were stacking up on forwards and not what we needed, so this year we really should find a position player like a B.J. Mullens at center or a Darren Collison at point guard.

Mike Bibby is getting up there in age, and we need a replacement for him. Acie Law just is showing up, so a point guard or a center would really help the team out.

What position to draft in the first round

I think the Hawks should go with a point guard in the first round of the draft and take Darren Collison with the 19th pick in the draft to make sure we have a good point guard to run the team when Bibby leaves. He can run the second unit while Bibby is here.

Collison is a gifted player out of UCLA, Great quickness, and long arms make him ideal on ball defensive specialist. He can shoot the three, and has great court vision and he knows how to run a team, you passed two franchise point guards in 2005, do the right thing here and take Collison.

Second Round of the Draft

in the second round of the draft you look for a player with upside to his game, maybe a versatile player who can play and guard multiple positions, someone who understands their role and play to the fullest.

Free Agents

With Atlanta needing a center after they select point guard Darren Collison with the 19th pick, they'll need to take a look at the free agent class of 2009. A name that sticks out is Anderson Varejao, that is, if he chooses to opt out and become a free agent.

I don't see him doing this, especially if Cleveland wins or come close to winning a championship, so they should take a look at some lower profiled players like Ryan Hollins, Chris Andersen, or Antoinio McDyess who would certainly bring veteran leadership and big time playoff experience.

Whatever happens this offseason to this team, it will be for the better.