Posts Tagged ‘Randolph Morris’

Expect the Hawks to be improved this season

Friday, September 11th, 2009

In line with what you saw here earlier this week …

re: How the Eastern Conference looks for ’09-10, based on individual player ratings, by position

comes this revealing piece today on the Atlanta Hawks 2009 1st Round Draft Pick/No. 19 [overall], Jeff Teague [PG], and Back-up Center, Randolph Morris.

When players are made
“He’s going to make things really interesting,” said Hawks forward Marvin Williams, a Tar Heel not prone to praising a Demon Deacon. “I just love that he’s been here all this time. It’s a clear indicator of where his mind is in terms of what he has to do this season. That’s the kind of attitude you want to see in a rookie or anybody else when they are coming into a new team. Plus, I feel like basketball players are made in the summer time. That’s when people are relaxing and doing whatever. The guys that put in the work in the summer time, that’s when it really shows in the season. Because the truth is you don’t really have time to work on your individual game as much as you’d like to during the season. And everybody can tell who’s done the work and who hasn’t. Jeff Teague has done the work.”

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Those around the Association anticipating a shift “downward” this season, in the fortunes of the Hawks … primarily because they did not go out and sign a high end, big ticket free agent, e.g. like the Toronto Raptors/Hedo Turkoglu … might be in for a rude awakening.

If Mike Woodson can continue to improve, as a still-maturing head coach, and the Hawks can remain healthy, this should play out as their best season in Atlanta since 1997-1998.

Comparing the Raptors to the Hawks

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

When Raptors fans look at the way their team is perfoming during the final 20 games of their disappointing season …

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Date

Opponent

Result

 Mar 6

vs Mia *

L

 Mar 8

vs Uta *

L

 Mar 11

at Phi * 

L

 Mar 13

vs Det *

L

 Mar 15

vs Ind

W

 Mar 16

at Cha

L

 Mar 20

vs Cha

L

 Mar 22

vs LAC

W

 Mar 25

vs Mil

W

 Mar 27

vs OkC

W

 Mar 29

vs Chi

W

 Apr 1

at Orl *

W

 Apr 4

at NYK

W

 Apr 5

vs NYK

L

 Apr 7

vs Atl *

L

 Apr 8

at Ind

?

 Apr 10

vs Was

?

 Apr 12

vs Phi *

?

 Apr 13

at Was

?

 Apr 15

at Chi

?

* – >.500 Team

winning only 7 of the 15 games [.467] they’ve played thus far.

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they need to make an accurate appraisal of the players who will form the nucleus of this team going forward from here:

 

khandor’s Player Efficiency Rating [kPER]

RAPTORS vs Hawks

[Tue Apr 07 2009]

 

Best RAPTORS

Best Hawks

1

Bosh

+30

38:35

1

Horford

+23

32:16

2

Calderon

+28

35:00

2

Johnson

+22

39:29

3

Marion

+16

37:02

3

Smith

+22

46:38

4

Douby

+10

08:58

4

Bibby

+18

34:08

5

Bargnani

+7

29:07

5

Evans

+16

35:52

6

Parker

+6

31:06

6

Pachulia

+9

16:22

7

Kapono

+4

18:39

7

Murray

+7

28:23

8

Graham

+3

13:42

8

Law

0

06:14

9

Ukic

+2

05:11

9

West

0

00:19

10

O’Bryant

+2

16:22

10

Gardner

0

00:19

11

M-Bonsu

0

06:18

11

Jones

DNP

 

12

Voskuhl

DNP

 

12

Morris

DNP

 

 

TOTAL

+108

 

 

TOTAL

+117

 

Unlike many others in Raptorville, this corner does not believe that the main problems this team has experienced this season have been rooted in the assortment of injuries they’ve sustained and/or the overall poor performances of Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon, who are their best players by a wide margin.

Until Bryan Colangelo significantly upgrades the players who are currently slotted into the #3-15 spots on the Raptors’ roster:

i.e. Shawn Marion/#3, Andrea Bargnani/#4, Anthony Parker/#5, Joey Graham/#6, Kris Humphries/#7, Jason Kapono/#8, Roko Ukic/#9, Pops Mensah-Bonsu/#10, Quincy Douby/#11, Jake Voskuhl/#12, Patrick O’Brant/#13 and Nathan Jawai/#14

there is little chance this team will make serious headway in the Eastern Conference next season. 

Using the 4th place Atlanta Hawks, as one comparative example:

1. While Chris Bosh [C] can hold his own against other up-and-coming young players like Al Horford [C] or Josh Smith [PF], Andrea Bargnani [C] cannot; and, is simply out-classed by either of these two players.

2. While Jose Calderon [PG] can hold his own against a solid veteran like Mike Bibby [PG], Shawn Marion [SF] cannot stay with a multi-dimensional, dynamic Wing player like Joe Johnson [SF/OG/PG].

3. While Joey Graham has made a significant jump this season … i.e. from a seldom-used after-thought to a serviceable Wing player … he is simply not as good as Maurice Evans [OG/SF], nor as consistent.

4. While Jason Kapono is one of the best stand-still “catch & shoot” artists in the NBA, he is simply not as versatile a Back-up Guard/Forward as a Flip Murray, who can capably fill in for the Hawks, as an under-sized OG and an emergency PG.

5. While Kris Humphries is a solid Back-up Big Man, he is simply not as good as Zaza Pachulia.

6. While Roko Ukic has the make-up of a solid Point Guard, in the NBA, he is not a superior player to Acie Law, at this position.

7. While Pops Mensah-Bonsu certainly brings some badly needed energy and NBA athleticism to the Raptors, he is simply not in the same class of serviceable Back-up Big Man as a versatile player like Solomon Jones [who was a DNP in last night's game but can capably fill-in for the Hawks at both C and PF].

Most of which was on full display in last night’s game.

FINAL SCORE: RAPTORS 110, Hawks 118
Complete Game Info