With Josh Smith‘s contract coming off of the books this Summer he still remains on the Atlanta Hawks roster which means they’re playing to win in 2013. I have endorsed the team dealing Smith, but if they are going to keep him around they need to bring something else to the table.
Perhaps Ben Gordon could give this Atlanta team a spark in a backcourt that has been inconsistent to say the least. Gordon had a falling out with Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap and is being dangled out as trade bait. Now, this shooting guard has seen better days, however he has also nailed some huge playoff shots and is an NBA veteran after eight years.
The Hawks backcourt is one of indecision and confusion. Currently Jeff Teague and Devin Harris are the team’s staring guards and both are playing mediocre ball with the latter averaging under eight points per contest. Kyle Korver is a shooter who comes off of the bench and the Hawks would really be able to spread the floor with these two on the court at the same time. Louis Williams and Gordon could also easily play together as both are quite versatile.
Of course Gordon would have to take a pay-cut in order to play for the contending Hawks, but I’m sure he would prefer playing for a playoff team rather than a bottom-feeder team like the Phoenix Suns.
When the Hawks were at their best they had the sixth man in the league in Jamal Crawford–I believe that Gordon could be that sixth man if he is given the opportunity to do so. He is averaging 12.6 points per game which is his highest mark since 2009-10 and puts him fifth amongst Hawks players.