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  1. Yeah Ayton definitely fits I have only seen clips of him but I have to catch an Arizona game.
  2. Luka Doncic tops early Peachtree Hoops NBA Draft board By RedRev@Patrick_Laney Jan 2, 2018, 9:00am EST Peachtree Hoops Nine months ago, the 2018 NBA Draft class looked, at least in some ways, to be below average with a relative weakness in international prospects, incoming freshmen, and returning college players. Since that time, the reclassification of Marvin Bagley and the unusually fast development of several freshmen—particularly big men—has altered the perception pretty dramatically. This class now shapes up as average in its overall depth but one that is stacked at the top and throughout the lottery. Here is an early look at how the board could shape up for the Atlanta Hawks near the top of the draft and a glimpse at how the board could change in the months ahead: 1 - Luka Doncic, G, Real Madrid (Slovenia) Doncic will enter the draft as the most productive prospect in history. Still only 18, he was just named the MVP of the Spanish ACB League for the month of December—the best professional basketball league in the world outside of the NBA. Real Madrid would easily dominate any college team and Doncic is their best player. He can run the point or play either wing position at 6'7 and 220 pounds. Doncic does not necessarily have elite quickness or athleticism but he has great hands that will allow him to defend NBA players. Doncic was the best prospect in the draft nine months ago and has improved as much or more than anyone in the time since. The next two prospects are great talents worthy of #1 consideration. However, Doncic will be as productive a rookie as the NBA has seen in some time who will fit onto any NBA team and be an ideal franchise-changing player for Atlanta. 2 - DeAndre Ayton, C, Freshman (Arizona) Ayton has emerged as something of a co-favorite with Doncic to be selected at No. 1 overall. His development and production is on part with Joel Embiid at Kansas, although he does not show the same natural feel on the defensive end that the Sixers big man displayed. The Arizona youngster flashed the ability to do just about everything offensively while making good decisions for his age and experience. He has shown range out to 18 feet and his mechanics are indicative of a guy who will be able to play center while comfortably playing beyond the arc (although I do have some concern over him being consistent due to his failing to square up his hips when facing up). Ayton passes the eye test defensively at 7'0 and 260 pounds, yet his instincts and physicality leave something to be desired. He plays less athletic on the defensive end and often that is a bad sign for players of his talent level. He would be No. 1 overall in most draft classes but his enormous ceiling is not intriguing enough for me to move him past the obscenely high floor of Doncic. 3 - Marvin Bagley, PF/C, Freshman (Duke) Bagley is a 6'11, 235-pound forward/center with jaw-dropping athleticism and hands for his size and age. He is rebounding at the college level with surprising productivity and is a nightmare cover inside 15 feet. Offensively, his shot is awkward and does not flow smoothly from his knees through release. He has potential on the defensive end but does not compete on that end like a player wanting to be selected #1 overall. He has potential to be able to defend wings and post players at an elite level with proper commitment. I give him a higher chance of overtaking Doncic than Ayton if he should show more consistency on the defensive end because his instincts on both end of the floor are a skill that cannot be taught. 4 Trae Young, PG, Freshman (Oklahoma) 5 Collin Sexton, PG, Freshman (Alabama) Young and Sexton can be flipped in either order at this point. Neither player is much of a threat to penetrate the top three but one of them will be the first point guard off the board. Young is absolutely dominating college basketball right now on the offensive end. His offensive productivity is beyond anything that has been seen since Pete Maravich—which is why he is so hard to compare. He can make a shot from anywhere on the floor and is just as likely to whip a pass to a teammate—all while showing unusual ball security. On the flip side, he does not show an ability to defend his position at the next level and does not have the size (6'2, 180) to cover on the wing. Teams choosing him will know that they have to provide cover on the defensive end. Sexton is a relentless competitor and gym rat whose NBA skill set remains uneasy to assess. He can handle the ball, pass a little, and shoot a little—but he is not a natural distributor or shooter. He is a scorer who is a willing passer. Defensively, he has similar size to Young (6'2, 185) but he plays much stronger with greater instincts. He is a complete player who does not have an elite skill—although his first step and ability to get to the rim are close. Both players are comfortable playing off the ball offensively—an unusual trait in elite point guards. This is why teams that already have a point guard—including the Hawks—are unlikely to let that affect their slot on the draft board. 6 Mohamed Bamba, C, Freshman (Texas) 7 Michael Porter, Jr., F, Freshman (Missouri) Both of these players can be found in top five of most boards, with Bamba being a fast-rising defensive prospect and Porter as an injured prospective No. 1 pick. Bamba is a 7'0, 220-pound mountain who runs the floor well while also playing TALLER. His wingspan is bigger than any recent lottery pick and scouts often compare his potential to Rudy Gobert. The concern with Bamba is that his offensive game is limited although he has shown impressive growth this season—particularly at knowing how to play in the right space. Most of his productivity comes from physically dominating smaller, less athletic players so there are reasonable questions about how his skills will develop or translate to the next level. He holds up well on the perimeter defensively so his ceiling is nearly unimaginable on that end but teams will have to assess how much of a liability he might be in a league that craves 5 players to space the floor. Porter was listed at No. 1 on many mocks this summer but had started to fade a little prior to his injury that has him out for the rest of the college season. He is a 6'10, 215-pound do-it-all athlete with few weaknesses in his skill set. He certainly enjoys scoring to making plays for teammates and mostly defends when needed—but absent of any professional-level effort. He has #1 talent but has to overcome a back injury that has sidelined him and some questions about his competitive character (admittedly this has seemed of greater concern to me than other scouts). The Rest of the Lottery At this point, these seven prospects stand above the rest. There are six other prospects who presently show the potential to break into this group: Mikal Bridges (Villanova), Dzanan Musa (International), Miles Bridges (Michigan State), Kevin Knox (Kentucky), Jaren Jackson (Michigan State), and Bruce Brown (Miami). Among these players, Knox and Jackson are very talented freshmen whose production could get them inside the top 5. Stay tuned.
  3. Karma for the 28-3 BS!!
  4. Atlanta Hawks' Twitter brilliantly trolls both New Orleans teams in one tweet http://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/01/atlanta-hawks-saints-pelicans-new-orleans-tweet-troll-diggs-touchdown-video-vikings-nba
  5. Atlanta Falcons interview Ken Dorsey for quarterbacks coach vacancy UPI | 2018-01-18T16:21:04-05:00 The Atlanta Falcons will interview Ken Dorsey for the vacant quarterbacks coach opening, according to a report. Dorsey, who was fired by the Carolina Panthers along with offensive coordinator Mike Shula following a postseason loss at New Orleans, will be the third coach to interview for the position, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. "We are right in the middle of it," Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told the newspaper of the search for a successor to Bush Hamdan, who moved on to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Washington. Dorsey served as Carolina's quarterbacks coach from 2013-17 following two seasons as a pro scout for the team. The former University of Miami quarterback played six seasons in the NFL (2003-08) before finishing his playing career in the CFL in 2010. Greg Knapp, a former offensive coordinator with the Falcons, and former Jacksonville Jaguars coordinator Jedd Fisch already have interviewed for the post. Also on Thursday, Quinn announced offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will be returning to the team. Copyright © 2018 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. TERMS OF USE | PRIVACY POLICY
  6. Nick Wright thinks the Falcons confirmed all the stereotypes of a ‘soft, finesse, dome football team’ Jan 15, 2018 at 10:06a ET FOX Sports - I would love to sit here and give Philly credit. Because I have been skeptical of them. I was skeptical pre Carson Wentz injury. I was super skeptical post Carson Wentz injury. Now they won. They're going to host the NFC title game. So I'd love to sit here and talk about how the story is the Philadelphia Eagles. But that is not the story of this football game to me. The story is the Atlanta Falcons confirming every negative stereotype of a soft finesse dome football team out in some cold weather. You score zero points in the second half? Philly has the running back fumble in the first drive of the game. They muff a punt early in the game. They put the ball on the ground four separate times early in this football game. And you have one touchdown the whole game? It's after the muffed punt? You don't have a single prolonged touchdown drive the entire football game? You were up at halftime of a playoff game where Nick Foles, the other quarterback. The other team doesn't even score a touchdown on the second half. They get two field goals. And you lose that game? Other than Julio Jones, who showed up for Atlanta's offense? Matt Ryan, who is-- Julio Jones, by the way, had to be the Falcons' best offensive player. And because of the passes Matt Ryan was throwing, their best defensive player with three pass break ups early in the game. Like, it was-- this was an embarrassing performance for Atlanta, which had it all set up for them. You play well against the Rams. You don't seem ready. They don't give the ball to Todd Gurley. You then get to play the Eagles and Nick Foles for a chance to play the Vikings and go back to Super Bowl.
  7. Falcons say extension for QB Matt Ryan is top priority Michael Rothstein ESPN.com | 4:56 PM ET FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said an extension for quarterback Matt Ryan is a top priority this offseason as Ryan moves into the final year of his contract. "No real comment, just the fact that it will be a focus this offseason," Dimitroff said. "That's one that, interestingly enough, will help create flexibility in what we're doing forward with a number of moves we may be making. Yes, Matt's focus will be the No. 1 focus.'" Owner Arthur Blank said Ryan "needs to be compensated well, and he will be" after Ryan was named the MVP following the 2016 Super Bowl season. Although Ryan's production dropped off this past season, the Falcons' confidence in him hasn't wavered. Coach Dan Quinn said "we're **** fortunate we've got him," in talking about Ryan's value to the franchise. Through 10 NFL seasons, Ryan has completed 3,630-of-5,593 passes for 41,796 yards with 260 touchdowns, 126 interceptions, and a career-passer rating of 93.4. Ryan, the third-overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, signed a five-year, $103.75 million extension in July of 2013 that included $59 million guaranteed. He is scheduled to make $19.25 million in 2018 with a $21.65 million cap hit, but a longer-term deal could lower that cap figure, creating the flexibility Dimitroff mentioned. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, a close friend of Ryan's, signed a five-year, $135 million contract back in September that included $92 million guaranteed and a $50 million signing bonus, both NFL highs. Stafford and Ryan are represented by the same agent, Tom Condon. "You're always looking at market value," Dimitroff said. "And you're looking at how the cap is going up. And you're looking at a lot of different things, of course. The reality on it is, when you're the quarterback of Matt's caliber, you're going to set a certain tone for how teams are negotiating. "I think it's not going to be that difficult of a negotiation, quite honestly. I think we're going to be in a good spot with it. Yeah, we do have to be creative. We always have to be creative." The Falcons typically complete such lucrative, long-term deals prior to the start of training camp. Ryan, who turns 33 in May, believes he has plenty of good years left. Dimitroff can see Ryan playing into his 40s, like New England's Tom Brady. "Personally, that is my feeling," Dimitroff said. "I think he's a guy who takes care of his body both on and off the field properly. He does a lot work on the field. He's good about his nutrition and his approach. ... We want him to be a part of this organization for a long time coming." Dimitroff said re-signing kicker Matt Bryant, who turns 43 in May, also is a priority. Bryant made 34 of 39 field goals this past season and all 35 extra points. "Matt Bryant is one that we're going to talk to here soon about what's going on next season," Dimitroff said. "I think Matt did a heck of a job for us this year. In a lot of ways, he stepped up to the ball and rose to the occasion. I was very proud of him, as I know Dan was. Having a guy who continues to fight age, but he does a very good job with it. He continues to come through for us. He's an important part."
  8. I think that's been the biggest issue this year is Julio and Matt having those practice reps.
  9. Definitely looks like they are shopping guys. Man this draft could potentially be huge with the amount of picks we could have.
  10. OP be honest did you make this trade on Madden???
  11. You never settle because at the end of the day you always want to be the best. Focus needs to be on the Interior DL first then you add more pieces. Look at Jacksonsville DL they are beasts.
  12. Well damm that was painful but very true. Well Quinn is riding with his boy let's hope Sark realizes that he needs to create and call NFL plays. I know some are going to say players dropped balls and didn't block or inaccurate throws but you have to design plays that puts your players in position to succeed as well.
  13. With the talent on this offense I think they are capable of 16, however before they can truly return to that form the interior OL has to be addressed. Matt cannot afford to constantly get pressure right up the middle. Mack is a stud but he needs two wing men. I think Sark did a decent job and he definitely had some on the job training going on this season but I hope that he really sits down and improve his playcalling to fit his personnel. However he doesn't deserve all the blame because players didn't execute the way they are capable of.
  14. Glad this wasn't a comparison thread.
  15. Bazeless is finally playing some decent ball. I hope he keeps it up to give us good trade value in return. Worried about Prince of late because he's been slumping big time. 7 points 1 rebound and 1 assist in 36 minutes.
  16. Yeah definitely can't forget that nonsense. Granted I know Julio had some drops but the dude is still one of the best wr's let alone one of the best players in football.
  17. Cardinals to interview Falcons assistant a second time UPI | 2018-01-17T19:13:56-05:00 The Arizona Cardinals will bring back Atlanta Falcons assistant Keith Armstrong for a second interview for their vacant head coaching vacancy, according to a published report. Armstrong, the special teams coordinator of the Falcons, will interview with Arizona for a second time on Friday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported. The Cardinals reportedly have interviewed nine assistant coaches for the position and, per the Arizona Republic, six are still in the running to succeed Bruce Arians. Other candidates are two coaches with the Philadelphia Eagles -- defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo -- along with Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher, New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak on Wednesday declined a second interview with Arizona, citing family issues. Armstrong just completed his 10th season with Atlanta. His coverage units routinely are ranked among the league's top 10. Prior to joining the Falcons, Armstrong spent seven seasons in a similar capacity with the Miami Dolphins. Arians, 65, retired on New Year's Day after five seasons as the team's head coach. He owned a 49-30-1 mark with the Cardinals and was a two-time NFL Coach of the Year recipient, capturing the honor in 2012 with the Indianapolis Colts and 2014 with the Cardinals. Copyright © 2018 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. TERMS OF USE | PRIVACY POLICY
  18. Would definitely like to resign Poe at the right price no doubt and draft a stud like Payne. But you are only as strong as your foundations.
  19. I think we have to hit on DL and OL in FA and draft. It's such a luxury for your team when your lines are solid.
  20. Hawks earn B on midseason report card JuliaKate E. Culpepper The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ajc | 1:48 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018Sports The Atlanta Hawks earned a B on Bleacher Report’s Midseason Report Card released Wednesday. While the Hawks have the NBA’s worst record, Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes wrote the goals of new general manager Travis Schlenk in the team’s rebuilding process was not to have a winning record, but to try to get younger and create financial flexibility in regard to the salary cap. “Atlanta has seen intermittent flashes of starter-quality play from rookie John Collins, whose energy and bounce have at least added some excitement to an otherwise unexciting season,” Hughes wrote. “Taurean Prince has shot it much better in his second year, and the Hawks are nicely positioned to sell off veterans—Dewayne Dedmon, Ersan Ilyasova and Kent Bazemore, to name three—for more future assets. “Ideally, Dennis Schroder would have taken a bigger step forward in scoring efficiency. But it's hard to be too critical of his play considering the lack of talent surrounding him.” To read the grades the other 29 NBA teams earned on Bleacher Report’s list, visit Bleacher Report’s official website.
  21. No doubt about that brother.
  22. I know it's a he11 of a wish but TD is known for a little draft day magic.
  23. No doubt and I agree that I would rather draft him instead giving Poe a large salary at his age. Payne's ceiling is off the charts.
  24. Payne could definitely be our Fletcher Cox. The man is a beast. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=1002694&draftyear=2018&genpos=DT