alright, it's time for a hoops rant. if roundball ain't your bag, turn away. the topic is of course your hometown atlanta hawks.
while the hawks have only managed 2 wins, they actually look somewhat promising. while not a superstar, joe johnson is still a top-tier player. al harrington has played very well as the team's now-veteran leader, zaza pachulia looks like a legitimate center, and the joshes smith and childress continue to show some promise. lastly, first round pick marvin williams oozes potention, and 2nd round steal salim stoudamire is a fantastic spark off the bench. in summation, the hawks have a lot of talented players, and while they suck right now, they could definitely be a playoff team in a couple years.
but if only the hawks had drafted chris paul. paul is the early favorite for rookie of the year, putting up 16 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals a night. as this commentator noted prior to the draft, paul is the most promising point guard to hit the league since jason kidd. marvin williams is very talented, but i believe the pundits are wrong: he will never be an all-league player. meanwhile, in approximately 1 year, chris paul will be the best point guard in the NBA. if the hawks had drafted paul (and had still made the joe johnson trade), i assert they would have been a .500 team this year
, and a could have been a conference title contender next. alas, what might have been.
for those of you still reading, thank you for indulging my pontification, and have a lovely weekend.
ps- i would also like to note that a very young UNC squad has looked impressive, with four genuine impact freshman. they will not
be ACC cellar-dwellars, as some have predicted.