Hawks snag Sefolosha on 3-year deal


VIDEO: Thabo Sefolosha is a defensive wiz and the ultimate system guy for the Hawks

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Some of Danny Ferry‘s best work as general manager of the Hawks has come during these summer months, when many of his colleagues are spending lavishly for players Ferry is busy bargain hunting for players who perfectly fit the Atlanta Hawks’ system.

Ferry might have found his latest gem in defensive wiz Thabo Sefolosha, who agreed to terms on a 3-year, $12 million deal earlier today, as first reported by RealGM.

Sefolosha, a starter in Oklahoma City the last five seasons, fills the void on the wings for the Hawks, who traded veteran reserve guard Lou Williams to Toronto earlier this week.  Sefolosha averaged 6.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in 61 starts last season and served as Thunder’s defensive ace on opposing team’s best perimeter player.

The Hawks proved last year, their first under coach Mike Budenholzer, that they could plug different players into their system and get fantastic results. Paul Millsap earned his first All-Star nod in his first season with the Hawks while guys like DeMarre Carroll, Mike Scott, Pero Antic and Shelvin Mack had standout seasons. 

Sefolosha was a mainstay in that Thunder lineup during that franchise’s rise from lottery outfit to legitimate contender, working alongside the reigning KIA MVP Kevin Durant and All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook.

The Hawks have an offensive specialist on the perimeter in veteran shooter Kyle Korver. Sefolosha gives them kindred spirit on the defensive side and a player versatile enough to fit into whatever small-ball, Spurs-lite scheme Budenholzer has in mind for the future.

Once again, Ferry is loading the cupboard with great fits at reasonable prices, the same as he did last summer when the Hawks were flush with cap space and spent wisely (if at all).

10 Comments

  1. jake s. says:

    He couldn’t hit his benchmark. If Russ had not been injured, Thunder fans would already be expecting Sefolosha to leave. I will put it this way, If you cannot make it on one of the top 3 teams in the NBA, you probably cannot make it on the 18th best team in the NBA.

  2. dustydreamnz says:

    Hawks looked much better without Josh Smith.

  3. Destinee says:

    I love the Hawks and can’t wait for the next season.

  4. Antonello says:

    Tabo is a good player alongside Russ and KD He had to play on D only and take some rare shot but what about in Hawks system? Hawks have to raise points not only defense…..poor choice by Ferry

  5. harrythehawk says:

    I like it! Let’s Go Hawks!

  6. A.J. says:

    What is it with Smith. That guy has been flogging his tongue on the awful Ferry ever since he got the Hawks job after his talentless front office skills ruined Cleveland. Here’s some news, Smith: Sefolosha is lousy. So is Antic, he has no business being in the NBA, and his play in the playoffs was some of the most awful ever (not an exaggeration, his PER in seven games was a NEGATIVE 1.1). In fact, most of the players on the Hawks are lousy. They’ll be going nowhere in the future, too. If the Hawks weren’t in the East, they’d have battled Sacramento in the West, and would be bottom-feeding for years. The Hawks are awful, Ferry is awful, and it’s absurd that he received plaudits for unloading some bad contracts. Hey, Smith, Paxson unloaded Shawn Kemp’s gigantic contract, but Paxson still stunk at his job. So does Ferry.

  7. UGOD30 says:

    Good for you Sefolosha, keep getting those checks. There is no reason that you don’t average your best numbers on this team.

    • A.J. says:

      Sefalosha is like a poor man’s T.R. Dunn, you wonder what the heck the guy is even doing in the league. There’s always head coaches and rotten GMs that curiously have a fetish for guys that try to play defense, then they go ahead and overpay them like the brilliant Ferry (see: Jim Paxson overpaying the awful former Hawk Ira Newble).

      • km says:

        @A.J i have no idea what the reason for your banter may be but, what i do know is that for the hawks it was a great pick because Thabo is a well rounded defensive player and also is a roll player he is not a stand out offensive player because that is not his strengths OKC had him guard some of the toughest players out in the league because he was the only one who could.

      • Carlo says:

        What are you saying?
        Usually, the SCORERS are those who rack up big contracts, even when unable – or unwilling – to defend. Look at ‘Melo, Westbrook or Harden. Probably these are kind of players you like: all show and little substance.
        Besides, Sefolosha’s offensive performances (surely never a big scorer) went damaged by the me-only offense of the KD-RW offense, which gives the ball out to other players only at the last second when they’re unable to find a solution, putting their mates in dire situations.
        And your opinion on the Hawks is disregarding the fact they are completely rebuilding the team. And WHILE rebuilding, they made the playoffs nonetheless. Yes, it was in the lousy East but then also the Knicks were in the East and they had a 94M$ roster vs ATL 63M$.