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Old 07-12-2006, 08:26 PM   #1
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Default Hawks officially sign Speedy Claxton

Talk about him and Joe Johnson playing together, and what you think of Claxton
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:01 PM   #2
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The Hawks are making good moves. I even like the drafting of Shelden Williams. I think they'll make a really big slpash in free agency next summer though.
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Old 07-13-2006, 03:47 AM   #3
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Talk about him and Joe Johnson playing together, and what you think of Claxton

I think he's a good 25MPG backup, but not the answer to the hawks problems at that position. Jamaal Tinsley or Andre Miller should be looked into and shipping off Tyrone Lue.
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Old 07-13-2006, 05:05 AM   #4
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He will be the answer at PG and do just fine. JJ is very happy to have him from reading his comments in a yahoo article. This should allow JJ to be more effective. JJ shouldn't wear down as he did toward the end of last season. I hope JJ can get into that 23-25 ppg range this year. While maintaining a strong shoot %. One area I see improving is his 3 pt %.

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Old 07-13-2006, 09:29 AM   #5
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I think he will do just fine with our up-tempo style of play, plus, I have always thought that he was one of the most underrated and unapreciated player...
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Old 07-13-2006, 01:44 PM   #6
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That's a good pickup for you guys fills a huge hole.
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Old 07-13-2006, 01:49 PM   #7
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Good signing for them. But they need to get something of value for harrington or else it will be another bad year. On a little side note anyone know what number Speedy might wear?
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Old 07-13-2006, 06:39 PM   #8
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This is just my guess. His shooting % will still be around 40-42% and still won't shoot the 3 well. I am looking for these numbers.

12-14 ppg
7-8 apg
1.5-2.0 spg
3 rpg
40-42% shooting

For Joe Johnson:

22-25 ppg
4-5 rpg
6-6.5 apg
45-47% shooting
38-42% 3pt shooting
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:49 AM   #9
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I think Speedy and Joe Johnson finally give the Hawks a true, legit backcourt
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Old 07-14-2006, 02:42 PM   #10
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I believe the addition of speedy will open up a lot of doors for JJ. He showed spurts of scoring greatness last year with a number of 40+ performances, but that was with the defense clamping down on him. This should make it a lot easier for JJ to get his shot and you will see his avg creep closer to the mid 20's while his assists will drop a bit. I also think Speedy is also gonna help guys like Salim and Josh C hit open jumpers on kickouts. The same goes for Smith and ZaZa getting easy dunks. It should be an exciting year!
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Old 07-15-2006, 06:32 PM   #11
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This is just my guess. His shooting % will still be around 40-42% and still won't shoot the 3 well. I am looking for these numbers.

12-14 ppg
7-8 apg
1.5-2.0 spg
3 rpg
40-42% shooting

For Joe Johnson:

22-25 ppg
4-5 rpg
6-6.5 apg
45-47% shooting
38-42% 3pt shooting


These are very possible numbers for both players to achieve and very good ones if they do. I just think J-Smoove will help out the team alot.
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Old 07-16-2006, 08:00 PM   #12
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Claxton has excelled vs. the other teams 2nd team PG.
That is why we gave him 24 million to start.
See it makes no sense, why would the Hawks sign a starter when they can get a career back-up instead.
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