Hawks Looking at Brad Miller

There appear to be some mutual interest between the Hawks and free agent center Brad Miller.  Brad Miller is a big body that has a history of being a very good perimeter shooter for a big man, but one has to wonder if his overall skills are leaving him as he ages.  Brad’s shooting numbers have taken a dip over the last two years.  Brad’s hallmark has always been his ability to shoot the ball from the 16-23 foot range.  In 2008, Brad shot 47% on these jump shots.  In 2009, that dropped to 43%.  In 2010, he only shot 38% from this range.  Brad also has the reputation of being a great passing big man, but his assists rate has dropped from 25.12 in 2007 to 16.40 in 2010.  At this point in his career, I have my doubts that Brad Miller would be much of an upgrade over Zaza Pachulia as a back up center.  Zaza is actually a better rebounder, and it can be argued that he is a better defender when he is on the floor with Al Horford.  I guess I just will not understand the infatuation with getting a big body to put on Dwight Howard when it was the lack of perimeter defense that sunk the Hawks against the Magic.

The good thing out of this article is that the Hawks may not have much interest in Kwame Brown.  I think this is good because Kwame does absolutely nothing on the court that helps a team win.  He’s nothing more than a big body that you put into the game to draw fouls.  He wouldn’t be an upgrade over Randolph Morris, much less Zaza Pachulia.

Now Anthony Tolliver is a guy who might be worth a league minimum salary as a stretch four who can give Josh Smith some breathers.  He can hit the perimeter jump shot at a decent rate, and he’s still young enough that he may actually develop into a credible back up.

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