The Hawks are listed as the youngest team in the league heading into the season. Last year, they had an average of 25, which could mostly be due to the fact that Vince Carter was on the team. Carter may have been the oldest on the team at 42, but he played a big part on and off the court.
On the court, he played the big dog for the Hawks and was a serviceable three-point shooter. Off the court he was a mentor for many of the young players. Carter hasn’t signed with a team yet, and his services would be helpful on any team. The Hawks currently don’t have a seasoned vet on the team, and it would be beneficial for them to sign one with so many young players. Here are some options the Hawks should take into consideration.
The 19-year old vet has been on a number of teams in his career and has been instant offense for every team. Crawford has provided the scoring that teams need off the bench, which is his niche. What makes him more dangerous is his handles, as he’s able to freeze defenders with his moves.
The past two seasons, Crawford has played for two young teams in the Timberwolves and Suns. Though it may not show in their records, Crawford provided something that all young teams need during a long season: Guidance. Crawford had a stint with the Hawks earlier in his career and played a major role on a playoff team. This time around, he’ll be a mentor to a young team and won’t be needed to carry an offensive load.
Every team needs that player that brings constant energy on the court and locker room. Noah has been that player his entire career, and his play has backed that up as well. When he was on the Bulls, he was one of the most effective centers in the league. His playmaking ability was outstanding for someone his size, and his defense impacted the team as a whole.
Injuries slowed him down since then, but he had a solid season for the Grizzlies last season. The Hawks could use a player like him since Dewayne Dedmon moved on in free agency. He and Noah have the same personalities: Loud and energetic. Also, the Hawks are short on experience at the center position and adding Noah could fill that void.
Of course, Vince had to be on this list. Carter played a major role on the Hawks last year, and they would love to see him back. Carter has already stated that he wants to play in his last season, and it’s not for certain the Hawks will have minutes for him. The wing position is full, and Carter could find himself at the end of the depth chart.
If he does decide to come back, he will play a big part in the locker room and will have the respect of all the players on the team.
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