Tag:Marvin Williams
Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 11:14 am

Marvin Williams could miss up to two weeks

Posted by Royce Young

Atlanta head coach Larry Drew said starting small forward Marvin Williams may be out as much as two weeks because of a knee bruise he sustained last Wednesday against the Pistons, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Williams will be examined this week to get an official timetable and diagnosis.

So with Williams out and forward Mo Evans also out with a knee, the Hawks don't really have a small forward left to play. The likely plan in to start Josh Smith at small forward (fun!) and move Al Horford to the 4 and Jason Collins in to start at center. There's also the potential to start Jamal Crawford and have Joe Johnson play small forward. 

Smith has played small forward a bit in the past and his main issue is since he'll be more on the perimeter, is that he'll take bad, low percentage shots. Smith made big improvements last season in his shot selection but putting him at the 3 is kind of like dangling a donut in front of a fat kid.

As far as when Williams could return, it's a bit up in the air. "After the first week, it will be about how much he can tolerate the pain," Drew told the paper.

Posted on: September 26, 2010 6:30 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2010 6:30 pm

Preseason Primer: Hawks

Posted by Royce Young

The Hawks made news by inking Joe Johnson to a superstar contract when many thought Johnson wasn't worth it. But it was either that or let him walk to a team that would give it to him. Atlanta didn't do much else and plans on the development of its young core to keep coming along. But the East may be passing them by. The Hawks are pretty much set heading to camp but still, the young faces might be able to push some of the older ones.

Training camp site: Atlanta, GA

Training camp starts: Sept. 28

Key additions: Josh Powell (free agent), Jordan Crawford (draft)

Key subtractions: Mike Woodson (fired)

Likely starting lineup:   Mike Bibby, PG; Joe Johnson, SG; Marvin Williams, SF; Josh Smith, PF, Al Horford, C

Player to watch: Any time a player gets paid, they immediately become someone to watch. And Joe Johnson got paid this summer. Most questioned the deal for Johnson, wondering if he was really worth the max money he was given. And now without the incentive of working for that contract left, all he has is the motivation he's got left is proving the doubters wrong. And winning games, of course.

Chemistry quiz: Jamal Crawford caused a bit of a stir asking for a pay-me-or-trade-me type of thing this summer. And coming into camp, that'll surely be a situation that hangs over a bit. But more than anything, the biggest question for the Hawks is if this team is ready to start moving ahead. Can they hang together now that players are getting big money, some are asking for money and a guy like Al Horford is waiting for his ship to come in. The Hawks were the up-and-comers a few years ago, now they better start moving ahead before contracts and disease of more stops everything in its tracks.

Camp battles: The Hawks are pretty much set across the board. The one battle that could be interesting later on is if Jeff Teague can push Mike Bibby at some point. This camp could be a big step in Teague showing he might be ready at some point.

Biggest strength: Length, athleticism and speed. Atlanta's starting five is as physically gifted as just about any group out there. Between Marvin Williams, Josh Smith and Al Horford, the team has talent out the wazoo. Johnson anchors the scoring and Horford is the steady inside presence. Atlanta may be missing something in the first five, but it's not much.

Glaring weakness: Depth. To be specific, depth on the inside. Jamal Crawford provides the scoring off the bench, Teague spells Bibby well (though Bibby may be on the way out) and Maurice Evans is a quality enough backup to Williams. But Josh Powell, Jason Collins and Zaza Pachulia may not be a strong enough secondary front line to battle Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett or Chris Bosh in the East.
Posted on: July 14, 2010 12:12 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 12:17 pm

Shaq headed to Atlanta?

Posted by Royce Young

David Aldridge of NBA.com reports through league sources that the Cavaliers and Hawks are discussing a deal involving Shaquille O'Neal and Marvin Williams.

The deal would be a sign-and-trade sending Shaq, now 38, to Atlanta for Williams, a promising tweener that just hasn't had it click yet. As Aldridge wisely points out, the move would line up with new coach Byron Scott's intent to play at a higher pace next season.

Another thing from Aldridge of interest: "Scott has already indicated that J.J. Hickson will be the full-time starter at power forward next season, and said during Tuesday's NBA TV Las Vegas Summer League game between the Cavaliers and the D-League Select Team that he is contemplating bringing veteran forward Antawn Jamison off the bench." Aldridge also mentions that Atlanta is interested in veterans Kurt Thomas and Brad Miller as well.

With the Hawks dishing out a bunch of money to Joe Johnson, the budget is tight. However, Atlanta has a trade exception worth about $3 million, when it agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send forward Josh Childress to Phoenix for a future draft pick. The Hawks can use that exception to get a player making that much money. Shaq made $20 million last season in the final year of his contract but obviously knows he's going to have to take a paycut to keep playing.

But for the Cavs, life goes on after LeBron. Filling his void with Marvin Williams surely won't sooth the pain from LeBron's departure, but it's something for Cleveland to get for Shaq. The Cavs have been busy, inking guard Kyle Lowry to an offer sheet late Tuesday . However, indications are that Houston intends to match.

But all that is not what's important here. What's the nickname going to be if Shaq goes south? The Big ATL? Shaqlanta? These are the answers we really need.

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