Atlanta Hawks’ Top 5 Performers This Week
Atlanta Hawks' Top 5 Performers
This week was brutal for the Atlanta Hawks on the offensive end of the court. The Hawks went 1-2 during the week, suffering defeats to the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The lone win for the Hawks came on a buzzer-beater by Al Horford in overtime against the Washington Wizards. To say Atlanta struggled this week on the offensive end would be an understatement.
A lot of players did not live up to their full potential this week. Jeff Teague turned in some of his worst performances of the season. Horford had an inconsistent week, scoring a season-low seven points against the Thunder and then tying a career-high in points at 34 in a win over the Wizards. In order for the Hawks to have a chance at attaining a higher seed in the NBA playoffs, the players have to be more consistent on a nightly basis.
For me, only two to three players proved their worth with the Hawks this week. Paul Millsap continues to impress on both ends of the court. He might have struggled last night against Carmelo Anthony on defense, but who doesn't against the superstar for the Knicks. However, despite last night’s play on defense, Millsap was a force on both the offensive and defensive end all week for Atlanta. He recorded double digits in points in every single game and almost had three double-doubles this week.
Shelvin Mack is another player who proved his worth with the Hawks. He took advantage of Teague’s poor performances and played a lot of crucial minutes with Atlanta. Late in games, Mack was on the floor with the starters, leading the offense down the stretch. If Mack continues to play at this high of level, he will continue to find more minutes with the Hawks.
The other Atlanta player that deserves to be mentioned is Lou Williams. It sure is nice to see Williams back on the floor after suffering a torn ACL last season. Last night was his first time playing in back-to-back games this season and he showed no signs of fatigue. Williams turned in his best performance of the year against the Knicks yesterday. The old Lou Williams is back and the Hawks sure do need him right now as the offense has hit a rough patch lately.
This week the list of the top performers saw a dramatic shake-up. Many new players found their way on the list due to their play. Check out my top five to see who fell and who climbed up the ladder for the Hawks this week.
5. Lou Williams
Williams finds the list at No. 5 and almost climbed up to the four spot, but his performance against the Wizards held him back. However, his game against the Knicks was unbelievable. Williams scored 27 points off the bench for a season-high and almost single-handedly brought the Hawks back. Hopefully, Williams can ride this momentum for the rest of the season because the Hawks will need their sixth man in order to be successful.
4. Kyle Korver
Korver continues to do what he does best with the Hawks and that’s shooting the deep ball. Korver tacked on to his NBA record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer this week and it may not stop for quite some time. He did not have a breakout game, but he was one of the few who were consistent in every game this week for Atlanta.
3. Shelvin Mack
Mack is having a great year for the Hawks and will see increased minutes if he can keep the performances coming. Mack only had one poor performance this week against the Wizards. He did not shoot the ball well going 1-for-9 from the field, but he still managed to put his imprint on the game with his five assists. Mack’s best performance occurred against the Thunder as he went off for 17 points and six assists off the bench. In that game, he was 7-for-9 from the field and almost led the Hawks to a win over one of the best teams in the league.
2. Al Horford
Horford almost fell to No. 3 on the list, but his game-changing performance against the Wizards put him at No. 2. In a loss to the Thunder, he had his worst game of the season recording only seven points and 10 rebounds. The crazy part is that he had those numbers at halftime.
Horford was not happy about that performance and it showed in his next game. Horford was a beast down low scoring 34 points, tying his career-high, and grabbing 15 rebounds in a dominating performance. Against the Knicks, he played well offensively, but did not rebound as well only recording six rebounds. If the Hawks want to get back to their winning ways, Horford has to be more consistent on both ends of the floor.
1. Paul Millsap
Millsap has turned out to be the best offseason signing by any team in my opinion. The impressive numbers he has been putting up over the last few weeks back this statement, too.
This week Millsap had two double-doubles and almost recorded a third if not for his eight rebound performance against the Knicks last night. However, all three teams Millsap faced over the week could not stop him on the offensive end. If Millsap continues to perform at this high of a level for the Hawks, he may not lose his spot at No.1 for the rest of the season.