The season is over for the Atlanta Hawks, so we will now take a look at each player on the roster and give them grades for different categories — Shelvin Mack is up:
Shelvin Mack came into the 2013-14 season without a guaranteed contract, but he made a strong push to make the roster before the season started, and even became one of the keys to the reserve unit throughout the season.
Mack made the most of his opportunities when he was given some playing time, and it’s safe to say the Hawks were pleased with what they got out of Mack. He played so well, he even took first-round pick Dennis Schröder’s role as the backup point guard, and he certainly showed why he deserved it.
So, how did Mack do overall this last season? Let’s take a peek at his report card:
Although Mack proved that he could come in and play both the point guard and shooting guard position for the Hawks, his shooting was underwhelming. Mack averaged a decent 7.5 points and 3.7 assists per game in just over 20 minutes, but he shot just 41 percent from the field, and a disappointing 33 percent from beyond the arc. His passing was average, but he often times would make the wrong decision on a fast break. He wasn’t a complete disaster on the offensive end, so he gets a C-.
Defense was a strong category for Shelvin Mack during the 2013-14 season. He wasn’t a lock-down defender, but his size and ability to guard two positions made his defensive contributions valuable for Mike Budenholzer. Jeff Teague was a disaster on defense, so when Mack was called upon to guard an opposing point guard, his defense became reliable.
Mack definitely proved his worth for a non guaranteed contract, and he certainly impressed the Hawks’ staff. They extended a qualifying offer for him, making him a restricted free agent this summer. Mack played so well that he earned himself 20 minutes per game, and he was even out on the floor for critical moments this last season. If he can improve his shooting, he will make a team very happy if they are able to land him, and the Hawks would love to have him back.