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.
Although Pero Antic is 31 years old, the 2013-14 season was classified as his rookie campaign. After playing overseas for his entire professional career, Antic came over to the Hawks last season, and made a pretty big impact.
Antic is a 6’11 center who can spread the floor with his three-point shooting, and that skillset was something that Mike Budenholzer and Danny Ferry covet when they look for big men.
After Al Horford went down, Antic ended up starting 26 games and was key to their playoff push late in the season. So, how did he do overall? Let’s take a look:
Pero Antic was brought over to help usher in a new era where big men float around the perimeter in the Hawks’ new offense, and was set to be a change of pace when Al Horford went to the bench. He did well in that department, shooting a little over 32 percent from beyond the arc. He hit a season-high 43 percent from three-point range in January, and really helped space the floor.
He was injured halfway through the season with a bum ankle, and never really recovered after that. He had a tough playoff series against the Pacers, and his contributions could have made the difference between winning and losing the series had he performed more consistently. Overall, he helped space the floor and made his way into our hearts with the multiple pump fakes every game.
Pero wasn’t necessarily an elite rim protector, but he was very solid on the defensive side of the ball. He has great size and strength, and has a really high basketball IQ. Antic would usually make the right decision and got in good positioning on defense, and the Hawks were statistically better defensively with him better on the court.
Pero Antic had a solid rookie season for the Hawks. He ended up averaging 7 points and 4 rebounds per game. His per 36 stats were 13.7 points and 7 rebounds, showing that he really played well this season. At $1.2 million, Antic was a bargain, and the team has decided to fully guarantee his contract next season.