NBA Atlanta Hawks

Larry Drew Needs To Keep Atlanta Hawks In Playoff Chase

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There has been a lot of conversation about what should happen with the Atlanta Hawks. There have been talks that involved the chance of Josh Smith being traded. With that trade not happening now, this Atlanta team has to depend on one person in particular and that’s Coach Larry Drew. Drew is in charge of a 30-23 team going into Saturday night’s action and with the Hawks having a chance to make the playoffs, it is going to be up to Drew to keep pushing Atlanta in the right direction.

Drew was an assistant with the Hawks for six years before getting the head coaching position, so he should be quite familiar with the inner work of the Atlanta organization. If I was Drew, I would make it a point to tell management that it would be best to keep Smith around so the team can actually make a playoff run in the next few years without tearing apart the nucleus of the team. Atlanta traded away Joe Johnson last offseason and I’m sure the team will consider trading Smith this off-season as well.

The Hawks have made the playoffs in Drew’s first two seasons at the helm and while their record isn’t as good this season, this is still a team that can do damage in the playoffs. If Drew can keep his five leading scorers all happy and in double figures on average the rest of the season, Atlanta could make its first round opponent very uncomfortable. This may be a season where Drew doesn’t get enough credit for molding a team that without Johnson around anymore, is still winning games on a consistent basis.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.