I’ve alluded to my frustrations, wishful thinking, and uncertainties with the Hawks’ seemingly never-ending point guard dilemmaÂ here and there in prior posts. But in the wake of Jeff Teague’s breakout performance last night against the Blazers and the media’s customary eagerness to jump to conclusions about what this means for the team, I thought I’d dedicate an entire post to the topic.
Allow me to take you along a little trip down memory lane:
Marvin Williams (Photo by Dan Fornal)
2005: The Hawks forgo high-caliber point guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams and use their first-round draft pick on Marvin Williams, a forward who wasn’t even a starter with UNC.
Speedy Claxton (Photo by HofstraUniversity)
2006: Speedy Claxton signs a four-year, $25 million contract with Atlanta. He ends up playing 44 games with the Hawks and was injured in every year he played with the team.
Acie Law (Photo by Chris Nelson)
2007: After leading the Aggies to the NCAA Sweet 16, Acie Law is taken 11th overall in the draft by the Hawks. He averages 4.2 points and 2 assists in his rookie season.
Mike Bibby (Photo by Chris Nelson)
2008: The Hawks trade Shelden Williams, Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, Lorenzen Wright and a second-round draft pick for Mike Bibby. The aging point guard manages to do alright, fighting various injuries, but the Hawks don’t make it past the second round of the playoffs in any of the three years he is with the team.
Kirk Hinrich (Photo by Keith Allison)
2011: After rumors that involved Chauncey Billups, Steve Nash and Devin Harris, the Hawks pick up Kirk Hinrich from the Wizards just before the trade deadline. Outcome TBD.
It has been far too long since Atlanta has had a legitimate point guard. So consider this my plea to the point guard gods.
I’m not asking for a come-around-once-in-a-lifetime kind of player like Magic or Isiah. I’m not even asking for a once-in-a-decade guy like D-Rose or CP3.
It doesn’t matterÂ how it comes along. It could come in the form of the light bulb finally going off for Teague who finds his groove in a sudden “Eureka!” moment. It could come in the form of miraculous chemistry that comes together with Hinrich’s leadership on and off the court. I’d even settle for waiting a few months for an intelligent draft pick that actually works out. Is that so much to ask?
So please, Point Guard Gods, look down on us with compassion. Take pity on the loyal Atlanta Hawks fans who, with each draft think “Maybe this could be the time management doesn’t completely blow their first-round pick;” who, at the beginning of each season, think “Maybe this could be the time things come together!”
I don’t promise that this will be the last you hear from me on this subject. But the sooner this happens, the sooner I will stop my griping and groaning.