In an interview with new Hawks.com writer Robby Kalland, Elton Brand sat down and discussed his role with the new team, and more. They talked everything from coming off the bench, to coach Budenholzer’s new system.
Well, I guess first off what made you choose to come to Atlanta, and what did you see in this organization that made you want to be here?
You know, I saw a top-flight organization. I figured, with Smith probably moving on, I’d get a chance to not only come in and be a veteran leader but get a chance to play. I like where the team is going, so I felt like I could come help contribute.
With Millsap, Horford, Ayon, and Antic, the Hawks have a lot of depth in the big man department. Brand goes on to talk about how he embraced his role coming off the bench for the Mavericks last season, and how he plans on helping the younger guys this season. Robby continues the interview by asking about the new system, and it seems as if we may be getting some hints as to how similar it will be to the Spurs:
[Coach Bud] said he’s going to bring in many aspects of the Spurs’ system and their offense. What do you know about the system, and how do you feel you fit into it?
Yeah, I know the bigs are spacing the floor, touching the ball, shooting the mid-range, and facilitating also. I feel like I fit in well. I can be very effective in it. I know I’m excited to touch that ball in those spots.
Bud’s system is very heavy on pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop. You’ll have Jeff Teague and Dennis Schröder running that. Have you gotten a chance to work out with Dennis and Jeff here? And, Dennis is a proficient pick-and-roll player even as a rookie, what do you see in his game?
Yeah, I’m excited to play with those guys. Teague runs pick-and-roll a lot and Dennis runs pick-and-roll a lot. With Dennis, it’s the way he picks the ball up full-court [on defense]. We’re playing pick-up, and he’s picking up out of bounds. As a pick-and-roll threat, he’s a rookie and he’s still learning, he’s very good at it, but he’s still learning. But that defense, that is a thing to see.
With the lack of true size for the Hawks, Brand will be key to having depth at the center position. Go read the entire interview, as Robby does a great job, and has been since joining the Hawks.com team. The first preseason game gets underway on October 8th, and training camp begins on October 1st.
Read the full interview Here.