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Lou Williams’ recovery may decide if Hawks fill final roster spot

Sep 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Jimmer Fredette, Lou Williams, John Salmons AP

The Atlanta Hawks roster is pretty much set, they have 14 guys under guaranteed contracts.

They could add a 15th player, but don’t expect them to. The reason is Lou Williams and his recovery from knee surgery, speculates Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

I expect the Hawks to keep just 14 on the roster for the regular season. General manager Danny Ferry likes to have the flexibility of the additional roster spot. The status of Lou Williams, rehabbing from a torn ACL, is still a factor in determining the roster.

Williams blew out his ACL last January and the recovery was expected to take into the start of this season. Leaving a roster space open allows Ferry to have some flexibility, either to bring in another player (if someone he likes comes open, right now the free agent market is pretty thin) or make a two-for-one trade. A lot of GMs like to just have 14 on their rosters, if they can.

Whenever Williams does come back, look for the Hawks to use him as a sixth man, a gunner off the bench. That could be good for Williams, who averaged 14.1 points a game mostly in that role last season. He’s not an efficient scorer, but when he comes in he can change the dynamic of a game.

The question is when he gets back on the court, and really when he starts to feel like his old self. The Hawks do not have a large margin for error to make the playoffs.

  1. bradrowland - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Why is he “not an efficient scorer”? Gets to the line at a high rate for a guard, shot 36+% from three in each of the past 2 years, and a career 17.5 PER. I know the straight FG% lacks a bit, but that’s about the only weakness.

  2. atlsportingreports - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

  3. muhangis - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Lou Williams is not an efficient scorer is a lie. He’s a very efficient and under-rated scorer, with a solid 3p% and ft%… and is a combo guard who throws in a good pts/ast’s ratio.

    Wish Kurt Helin was better informed and knew what he is talking about. Instead of being one of those popular opinion type of writers.

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