The Atlanta Hawks signed DeMarre Carroll at the beginning of the month in order to bolster their depth at the small forward and shooting guard position. Considering the Hawks currently only have Kyle Korver listed as a small forward on their depth chart it appears Carroll will have no problem seeing playing time in the upcoming season.
There is no question the 27-year-old is a good addition for Atlanta because of the position he plays and his ability to perform at a high-level on defense. The Hawks could certainly use some more of that.
“DeMarre is a great fit for our program,” Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said, according to NBA.com. “He is an unselfish, highly competitive player. His versatility in defending multiple positions will make him a valuable contributor to our basketball team.”
Carroll has to be happy where he signed, even if it is not exactly what he expected. Not only will he see a raise in pay from the $885,000 he made with the Utah Jazz last season (Carroll will get $5 million over two years with Atlanta), he will also see his numbers increase while playing more than an average of 16.8 minutes per game.
Hopefully, the four-year player will be able to take a solid shooting percentage from the field, great defense and a good mind for the game and make the Hawks contenders in the Eastern Conference next season. The fact that he set career highs across the board in 2012-13 is certainly a good thing because it gives him something great to build off of in the ensuing year.