In the wake of Dwight Howard’s peformance against the Hawks in the playoffs, it seems the focus on the Hawks by many of the fans and many of the so called pundits has been on the Hawks’ center position. This is something that I have felt has been misguided for a while, and I have stated on more than one occasion that the Hawks had much more trouble defending the perimeter than defending the paint. Thanks to Michael Cunningham for pointing this out in his latest blog.
The Hawks were actually a top 5 team in the NBA at defending in the paint. However, they were bottom 10 in the league at defending the perimeter. The best perimeter defender on the team is Marvin Williams, and that may only be due to the fact that the rest of the team is so lousy at it. I don’t see the Hawks taking that next step until they improve this aspect of the team.
Two players that I would like to see the Hawks pursue are Dorrell Wright and Ronnie Brewer. Dorrell Wright was detailed very well by Cunningham in his blog. ronnie Brewer wasn’t mentioned, but he’s a long armed and athletic guy who cand defend both the shooting guard and small forward positions. I was a big Ronnie Brewer fan in the 2006 draft. Dorrell has been a seldom used player to this point, but he has improved markedly from the time he came into the leauge. In fact, he is projected to produce more than 10 wins over the next three years. That would be great production to bring off the bench behind Marvin and possibly push him to either be better or push him to the bench all together.