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News » Atlanta Hawks Roster Report 2008-07-25

Atlanta Hawks Roster Report 2008-07-25

Atlanta Hawks Roster Report 2008-07-25
DRAFT REPORT: The Hawks did not have a single pick in the draft for the first time in the franchise's Atlanta history.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Hawks have to locate another shooter with size to help alleviate the double and triple team pressure Joe Johnson saw from defenses all year, particularly from the Celtics in the playoffs. That player doesn't even have to be a starter. But he has to be someone capable of posing a legitimate deep threat when he's on the floor.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Hawks have already lost one of their own (Josh Childress) and are in serious danger of losing another (Josh Smith) to a sign-and-trade, if they don't get their business done.


--The hungriest player on the Hawks' summer league roster without question was second-year point guard Acie Law IV. A wasted rookie season will do that to a player, particularly one that so much was expected of.

"I had high expectations for my rookie season and I didn't get to show off my game," Law said after sweating through a grueling workout on the Hawks' practice court last week. "I feel like I have so much to prove. This is the first step. But I'm really looking forward to training camp and proving to my teammates, the new general manager (Rick Sund) and coach that I can play.

"I'm just so hungry. And it's kind of like replaying the way things went for me in college, though I hate to go back to that, but it's true. People are doubting me: I've got something to prove. And I have to prove what I think I am, what I know I am."

--The riskiest move by any player this summer has to be veteran Hawks point guard Speedy Claxton playing in the Hawks' mini-camp and summer league (though he left Salt Lake City halfway through the Rocky Mountain Revue).

Claxton's Hawks career has been disappointing at best. He's played in just 42 games since joining the team two years ago and has had two knee surgeries during his time with the franchise. But there he was in mini-camp, sweating through two-a-days like a undrafted free agent searching for a job.

"I'm not worried about what anybody else thinks and who might be out there gunning for me," said Claxton, a seven-year veteran who already has a NBA title on his resume. "I'm doing this for me, trying to check and see how my knee feels and how I can play and how I can do on consecutive days. I haven't been out here in a long time.

"I talked to (Hawks coach Mike Woodson) at the end of the season and let him know that I wanted to try this and see how my knee felt and then when (new general manager) Rick (Sund) got the job, I talked to him about it and agreed that it would be a great thing for both sides to see where we are and evaluate things from here going forward."

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