The Atlanta Hawks have signed the big bodied Dexter Pittman. No big bodied isn’t a bad thing and it isn’t rude. The Hawks lately have needed all the bodies they can get, big, small, and even those odd medium size bodies out there. The signing of Dexter Pittman could potentially be the best move the Hawks have made all year, but that’s if he stays around. Who knows he may just stay a few years in Atlanta.
Dexter Pittman received a 10-day contract from the Hawks. The 6-foot-11 big man has spent time in the NBA with both the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies. He even won a championship while a member of the Heat. This season though, he has been playing in the NBA D-League and just last night he had a huge game for the Austin Toros.
Pittman racked up 28 points along with 17 rebounds, blocked a shot, and dished out one assist. He has appeared in 17 games for the Toros, starting nine of those while averaging 9.5 points per game on top of six rebounds per game.
To make room for Pittman on the roster, Jared Cunningham was waived just a day after rumors were swirling that he would be waived or released. Cunningham is a bright talent with lots of upside but could never really find a role with Atlanta.
There is no telling how long Pittman will be in a Hawks’ jersey. Let’s just hope that for however long he is with the team that he can provide the team and fan base with critical minutes to help the Hawks secure a 2014 playoff berth.
Until Pero Antic and others return, Dexter Pittman will be relied on to give rest to the other big men on the team and will also contribute to the rebounding game that has caused the Hawks some struggles this year.