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Is Joe Staying?
Posted By Garrett Henry On Jul 1 2010 @ 12:39 pm In Atlanta Hawks | No Comments
With Joe Johnson more than likely staying now that the Hawks have offered him the max contract, the Knicks and the rest of the NBA can start to look elsewhere for their side kick to Lebron. As a Hawk, fan people in Atlanta are happy that the Joe Johnson saga is almost over because it is getting annoying to be listening to the same story over and over again. Given is the only superstar the Hawks have, but is Joe Johnson really worth the league max contract? A quick answer to that is no. To be getting Lebron and Wade money he has to produce like them. Last time I checked the Hawks got swept by the Magic in the second round and Joe didn’t show up in that series. With this contract the Hawks will have their arms tied beyond their back with Joe’s contract as well as Josh Smith’s contract from last summer. The Hawks will have little room to maneuver with if they don’t dump some salaries. The Hawks will always be the third or fourth best team in the East unless they don’t make some moves, and was firing Mike Woodson a smart idea? Only time will tell on that one.
Joe Johnson will need some help to take this team to the next level, as we all saw last season the Hawks a lot of the time would give the ball to Joe Johnson and let him play one on one for a shot. Do they dump Bibby and let Jamal Crawford take over as the point guard? Crawford won the sixth man of the year award last year, providing the Hawks with energy and a scoring punch from the bench. Moving Jamal into the starting line-up might not be a good idea because the Hawks are thin on the bench with Mo Evans, Joe Smith, and Za Za pretty much the only ones contributing besides Crawford. I don’t believe former first round draft pick Jeff Teague is ready to take over as the point guard for the Hawks. This makes me believe that the Hawks believe Bibby is still the answer for them at point even though he has lost a step some might say, father time creeping up on him at the age of 32. I don’t see how they are seeing this with him averaging a career low in points of 9 and a low in assists of 3 a game. Just like Joe Johnson, Bibby is a good complementary player to a superstar. Until the Hawks get a bona fide superstar in this league which we haven’t had one since Dominique, the Hawks will continue to fight for the third and fourth seed in the East every year and might either Orlando or Cleveland in the second round and get bounced. Thus having to keep saying wait until next year, and watch a summer filled of Braves games because the Hawks will be done playing before the summer starts.
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