Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Morning Links

In the AJC, Michael Cunningham takes stock of the Hawks at the half-way point (plus one) of the season.

At Basketball Prospectus, Kevin Pelton taps Josh Smith and Al Horford for reserve spots on the All-Star team.

At Hardwood Paroxysm, Matt Moore graphs usage and PER.

Also at, Mark Bradley hosts a state of the Hawks discussion.


CoCo said...

So last night I was sorta debating Peachtreehoops about Jamal and Joe. I'd like your thoughts Bret. I don't think Joe is so much better than Jamal that he should be the guard on this team going to the All Star game. What do you think?

Bret LaGree said...

I believe Jamal passed Joe in scoring rate Friday night and he's shot a higher percentage so far this season but there are good reasons (passing, rebounding, defending) that Joe's played a lot more minutes than Jamal.

I looked back at Flip's numbers from last year this weekend (future blog post) and Jamal is more productive than Flip was but I think the big difference between this season and last (and it still doesn't seem right that they were 26-16 at this point last year and the difference is only a 2 game improvement) is Smith and Horford.

CoCo said...

I totally agree Smith and Horford are the biggest difference. The record might actually be better if our guards acknowledged that little fact. I suppose you should email them some stats Bret! Are you going to the game Friday? As far as Jamal and Joe, I think Jamal has come up big in crunch time in some big games. It shouldn't be discounted. I think all things considered, I wouldn't be horribly upset if he made it over Joe. Joe would more than likely disagree. Haha. Do you think the Hawks should get in on these Amare Stoudemire trade talks?

Bret LaGree said...

I don't think they could get Amare from Phoenix without giving up Josh Smith. If there's some sort of 3-team deal that gets Amare plus a third guard for Marvin and Jamal, I think Sund would have to consider it but I don't think it's realistic.

CoCo said...

Yeah, I don't think Phoenix would take Marv and his 5 years and i don't think we should trade Josh for Amare. Josh does a little bit of everything and he's a bit younger. Oh, and he has better knees. But, if they could work out a deal that keeps Josh and Al, they should go for it!

Jason Walker said...

Great job on your end of the AJC piece, Bret!

If PHX were in the dumper, record-wise, we might be able to steal someone like Amare away w/o yielding Smoove or Horfy--sort of like when we offered next to nothing for Bibby from SAC.