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Al Horford - US Presswire

2012/13 SEASON ROSTER
NUM
PLAYER
POS
HT
11
G
6-6
34
G
6-3
15
C-F
6-10
8
F
6-7
12
G
6-4
44
F
6-8
26
F
6-7
22
G
6-5
27
C
6-11
10
C
7-0
32
F
6-8
5
F
6-9
92
G
6-5
0
G
6-2
4
F
6-8
3
G
6-2

Atlanta Hawks        

ADDITIONS:
James Anderson (San Antonio), Devin Harris (Utah), Damion James (Brooklyn), John Jenkins (Vanderbilt), Kyle Korver (Chicago), Anthony Morrow (Brooklyn), Johan Petro (Brooklyn), Mike Scott (Virginia), DeShawn Stevenson (Brooklyn) and Louis Williams (Philadelphia).

SUBTRACTIONS:
Jason Collins (Boston), Erick Dampier, Kirk Hinrich (Chicago), Joe Johnson (Brooklyn), Tracy McGrady (Qingdao Eagles), Jannero Pargo (Washington), Jerry Stackhouse (Brooklyn) and Marvin Williams (Utah).

STRENGTHS:
The Hawks are a strong defensive team ... Sixth in the NBA in points allowed last year … Josh Smith and Al Horford are accomplished shot blockers, giving the Hawks solid interior defense ... Atlanta is dangerous in transition, especially the way Smith and Horford run the floor ... Even with Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams traded, this should continue to be a good perimeter shooting squad with the additions of Anthony Morrow, Kyle Korver, Louis Williams and first-round pick John Jenkins ... While the backcourt doesn’t have any superstars, the Hawks are deep in at guard ... A player such as Williams should greatly upgrade the bench as he was the 76ers' leading scorer while not starting last year ... One reason the Hawks were competitive is that they took care of the ball, so it will be important that newcomer Devin Harris doesn’t try to force the issue at the point. 

WEAKNESSES:
While Horford and Josh Smith are quality players, this is a team that has little depth in the frontcourt ... The Hawks would like to play Horford at power forward, but they are weak at center ... Zaza Pachulia must rebound from a foot injury that kept him out of the playoffs and Johan Petro has not proven to be much more than a big body inside ... This is a below average rebounding unit ... Point guards Devin Harris and Jeff Teague are solid contributors, but they are not able to take over a game like many of the upper-tier players at that position ... The Hawks may struggle to match last year’s offensive output with the departure of Williams and Johnson.

PROJECTION:
2nd in the Southeast Division / 8th in the Eastern Conference

PROJECTED STARTERS
PG: Jeff Teague Allen Iverson SG: Devin Harris Andrei Kirilenko SF: Josh Smith
Very quick and athletic. Has improved every year, but is still far away from the elite point guards - especially in terms of playmaking. Shooting guard is not his natural position. Seems to have lost some confidence and quickness the last few seasons. May be the best NBA veteran never to make the All-Star Game. Will give you scoring, rebounds, blocks and assists.
Yi Jianlian PF: Al Horford US Presswire C: Zaza Pachulia Sixth: Louis Williams
Horford is one of the league's top big men. May once again have to play a lot of minutes at center due to team needs. Will try to take you out of the game with physical play. Good rebounder that will not get frustrated if he doesn't get shots. A proven commodity off the bench. Versatile scorer that will come out firing. Sixth Man of the Year candidate again.