shakes0 wrote: Mr Puddles wrote:
Wrong. Completely false. Hawks had SIXTEEN players out at one point. No one is dealing with that. Several teams have been healthy this season as well.
Just looking at the games key Hawks players have played:
Young 37 games
Capela 36 games
Collins 36 games
Heuter 34 games
Gallinari 32 games
Bogdan 28 games
That really isn't THAT bad.
I mean compare that to the Cavs for instance, a team with a much better record right now:
Garland 37 games
Allen 36 games
Mobley 35 games
Markannen 34 games
Rubio 34 games
Okoro 28 games
Sexton 11 games
That's almost identical. The key players the Hawks have missed really doesn't seem that much worse than most other teams out there.
Having had 16 players out at one point also doesn't really explain the poor players of the Hawks right now.
Why did you leave key Hawks players off your list? Do DeAndre Hunter and Onyeka Okongwu not exist? Or would listing them ruin your biased point?
I forgot about Hunter, fair point, but in all fairness he also didn't play much last year (24 regular season games, 5 playoff games) so it's not like missing him explains the difference between last year's team and this year's team.
Okongwu is a good prospect with the potential to become a very important player down the road, but let's be honest, at this stage of his career you're not seriously arguing that the Hawks are 12th in the East because your has been missing the services of Onyeka Okongwu. I mean, he's 9th on the team in minutes.
Adding Hunter and Okongwu to list really doesn't strengthen your argument to be honest.
Bottom line is you've had your three best players on the court for 36.5 out 42 games. That's 5,5 missed games on average between them. Like others have said, plenty of other teams have had to deal with similar to more significant injuries than the Hawks - and are holding far better records.
Trust me. I know basketball.