NBA Atlanta Hawks

Anthony Tolliver Giving Atlanta Hawks Solid Minutes Off Bench Lately

Anthony Tolliver Atlanta Hawks

Kevin Liles – USA Today Sports Images

The Atlanta Hawks have enjoyed a pretty successful season this year, currently occupying the five-seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and having already locked up a spot in the playoffs.

Obviously they are led by their core group of Al Horford, Jeff Teague and Josh Smith, but they definitely thrive off role players stepping up and contributing at various points in the season. Lately, one of those players has been Anthony Tolliver.

Tolliver has appeared in 57 for the Hawks over this season and has seen the floor for just 14.8 minutes per game. In that limited role, he has averaged just 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. The least effective part about Tolliver this season, though, has been the fact that he has shot only 39.8 percent from the floor this year and just 35 percent from three on the year.

However, over the Hawks’ last 10 games, Tolliver has seen an increase in his minutes and in his overall effectiveness as well. He has appeared in nine of those 10 games and has averaged 19.7 minutes per game. His statistical averages have risen to 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game over that span. His percentages have also improved, shooting 55.9 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from long range over that span

As the Hawks are trying to shed their reputation as duds when it comes to the postseason, they are obviously going to need their core guys to step up. But, they are also going to need their role players to produce for them on a consistent basis. If Tolliver is able to continue this type of production, that’s a good sign for Atlanta.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.