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How do the Hawks get better defensively?

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What needs to happen to fix the defense?

Better Effort
8
23%
Better Coaching
5
14%
Better Players
22
63%
 
Total votes: 35

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Re: How do the Hawks get better defensively? 

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Re: How do the Hawks get better defensively? 

Post#162 » by CP War Hawks » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:28 am

A much better defender at two guard. A guy with quick hands and quicker feet. I saw a play where Jerami Grant was man to man with AD and just stone walled him while forcing a turnover. Not saying you need Grant in particular, but someone in that mold for sure.

So a versatile two guard and a defensive combo forward with the ability to contest shots and block them on the help side would be wonderful.
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Re: How do the Hawks get better defensively? 

Post#163 » by Rainwater » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:27 am

Why isn't time an option? Lol. All your core guys are young. You got two rookies and your best player is only in his second year. You got an excellent starting group with Hunter, Cam, Collins, Young, and Clint. And I think Huerter will be an amazing 6th man. And you guys have a decent pick coming next year. I expect next year you guys will be fighting for a playoff spot. But in two years I expect you guys to make the playoffs. We live in a microwave society but be patient your time will come.
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Re: How do the Hawks get better defensively? 

Post#164 » by Jamaaliver » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:44 pm

Rainwater wrote:Why isn't time an option? Lol. All your core guys are young.


That's a good point.

The poll/OP was actually from last March. Since then we have dumped Taurean Prince and brought in De'Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Clint Capela. We needed an upgrade of defensive players and clearly our GM has made that a priority.

I am really pleased with the overall collection of personnel he's acquired.

But I do regret trading up for Hunter when we could have stood pat and gotten Brandon Clarke and/or Matisse Thybulle.

But, at this point, I do agree it's just a matter of time.
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Re: How do the Hawks get better defensively? 

Post#165 » by CP War Hawks » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:10 pm

Rainwater wrote:Why isn't time an option? Lol. All your core guys are young. You got two rookies and your best player is only in his second year. You got an excellent starting group with Hunter, Cam, Collins, Young, and Clint. And I think Huerter will be an amazing 6th man. And you guys have a decent pick coming next year. I expect next year you guys will be fighting for a playoff spot. But in two years I expect you guys to make the playoffs. We live in a microwave society but be patient your time will come.


The thinking for some is the team needs to be playoff ready by the 2021 offseason. Collins is due a payday, Trae is guaranteed his rookie max... so why not position for a max guy while you can.

We know Ressler wants to go that route while Schlenk probably wants to build it slower. Collins, Trae, and now Cap changes the timeline. Those three make the team potentially top 6 in the East, and if the Hawks want to sign a marquee FA, you need to show them the organization is serious.
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Post#166 » by Rainwater » Yesterday 12:24 am

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Rainwater wrote:Why isn't time an option? Lol. All your core guys are young. You got two rookies and your best player is only in his second year. You got an excellent starting group with Hunter, Cam, Collins, Young, and Clint. And I think Huerter will be an amazing 6th man. And you guys have a decent pick coming next year. I expect next year you guys will be fighting for a playoff spot. But in two years I expect you guys to make the playoffs. We live in a microwave society but be patient your time will come.


I think the potential is

The thinking for some is the team needs to be playoff ready by the 2021 offseason. Collins is due a payday, Trae is guaranteed his rookie max... so why not position for a max guy while you can.

We know Ressler wants to go that route while Schlenk probably wants to build it slower. Collins, Trae, and now Cap changes the timeline. Those three make the team potentially top 6 in the East, and if the Hawks want to sign a marquee FA, you need to show them the organization is serious.


A potential f/a should view themselves as the final piece that may push the hawks over the top as the key pieces are already there. Such a case would be similar to what LeBron did in his second return to the Cavs. The Cavs had the pieces and it was LeBron that push them over the top.

And honestly I don't think the hawks necessarily need another big time free agent I think the pieces are there already. I do think Cam and Hunter can develop into something special and plus you guys will have a lotto pick next year as well. With that being said, F/a would be a nice insurance policy if all else fails.
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Re: How do the Hawks get better defensively? 

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