2012 NBA Offseason: Isma'il Muhammad added to Hawks training camp roster


According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Atlanta Hawks have added former Georgia Tech standout, Isma’il Muhammad, to the final training camp roster.

The Hawks now have 19 players signed to start the season, and will need to cut the roster to a minimum of 15 players. 13 of these 19 players are already on guaranteed contracts, leaving 2 spots open. Anthony Tolliver, Keith Benson, James Anderson, Damion James, Caldrell Johnson, and Muhammad are all on non-guaranteed contracts and will be fighting for two remaining roster openings.

The Hawks have stockpiled young wing players this offseason, making an interesting training camp battle as Muhammad, James, and Anderson will all battle for what will likely be one available spot on the final roster for a wing. The other opening will likely be taken by either Benson or Tolliver to add depth to the front court.

Does Muhammad have a realistic shot at making the team? It’s not really for me to say. No one outside of the coaching staff has any idea of what to expect from him. Most basketball fans and spectators haven’t seen him since his days as a Yellow Jacket. Still, he possesses ridiculous leaping ability and has the athletic prowess to be a force on defense. He is a viable option for this team, but he will have to show that he is a better fit for the roster than James and Anderson, both of whom have more NBA experience.

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