5 Reasons Why The Kirk Hinrich Pickup Was A Good One
The Hawks made one move at the trade deadline, bringing in veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich from the Chicago Bulls. Here are five reasons to look forward to what Hinrich can bring to the Hawks for the remaining 25 games of the regular season.
1) Hinrich can run a team
Even if he is overqualified for the job, the Hawks have added a third-string point guard to the roster who ranks 88th on the NBA's all-time assist list (4,231). And he is still producing at a high level. This season Hinrich averaged a lofty 2.19 assists per turnover in Chicago. If the Hawks need him at the point for any length of time, it's a safe bet that he will run the team through its offense well.
2) Hinrich will give the Hawks another shooter off the bench.
Not only is Hinrich shooting a very sturdy 41.1% for the season on three-point shots, but he is also the Bulls' all-time leader in three-point field goals made: 1,049. Paul Millsap said of Hinrich's ability to score, "He's a floor general who can score." That's a good way to sum it up.
3) Hinrich complements the rest of the bench well.
The Hawks' bench has shown evidence of playing with a defense-first mentality for the past two months. Hinrich, who has a reputation as a sturdy defender, should fit in well.
"He brings toughness, and he can defend," Al Horford said. "He never makes excuses."
Hinrich should also make the roster more flexible for Head Coach Mike Budenholzer when he wants to use a lineup with two point guards, yet still keep up on the defensive end.
One key element of the Hawks' defense is forcing turnovers, and Hinrich should blend right in: he ranks third in Bulls' history in steals (857) behind only Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
4) As a veteran, Hinrich should pick up the system as quickly as anyone could.
Atlanta's pass-heavy offense isn't the easiest system to learn, but in bringing in a player in his 13th season, they have someone who can pick up what's going on quickly.
"To some point, basketball is basketball," Hinrich said. "And I am familiar with some of the guys I'm playing with. I know what's going on, and I obviously I have an idea of the basics of what we're trying to do on both ends. I don't anticipate it taking too long."
As he pointed out, Hinrich knows some of his new teammates well: He played parts of two seasons in Atlanta with Horford and Jeff Teague, and he spent three seasons in Chicago with Thabo Sefolosha. That familiarity should give him an advantage as he tries to get used to a new team with just a couple of months left in the season.
5) Hinrich will be a good role model for the younger players.
Just ask Sefolosha, who was a rookie on the Bulls when Hinrich was going into his fourth season.
"I was learning my way into the league," Sefolosha said of Hinrich. "He was of great help, already established in the league, and I think I learned from just watching him: how much of a professional he was and very dedicated to his craft."
Hinrich should be a great example for the five players under the age of 25 on the Hawks roster.
Story by KL Chouinard