Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

It will be his third consecutive game out of the lineup due to his ankle sprain from Sunday. The Hawks turned to Kris Humphries to pick up most of the minutes as the backup big. He's played well in his last two, averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 boards and 2.0 treys in 22.0 minutes per game. Humphries probably won't be that good again, but give him a look if you're desperate for a big to stream. Mike Scott has also been in the rotation.
Jan 19 - 4:52 PM

The Pelicans had exploratory talks with the Hawks about Dwight Howard a couple weeks ago according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

The Pelicans are worried about the physical toll of playing Anthony Davis at center in the long run, and it's clear that they are not comfortable with Omer Asik or Alexis Ajinca in the rotation. However, the Hawks have been a lot better in recent weeks and they just pulled all of their players off the market including Howard and Paul Millsap. It's a fun idea, but it's safe to assume that Howard will remain in Atlanta past the deadline unless the Hawks decide to blow up their roster.
Source: ESPN
Jan 19 - 11:38 AM

Hawks rookie Taurean Prince tied his career-high with 10 points on Wednesday, going 2-of-5 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line.

This game was over early and the result was extra minutes for guys like Prince, DeAndre Bembry (12 minutes), Mike Scott (14 minutes) and Kris Humphries (20 minutes). We'll let you know if Prince emerges as a fantasy option.
Jan 19 - 12:08 AM

Thabo Sefolosha was a no-show during Wednesday's lopsided road loss, going scoreless with one rebound and zero assists, steals, blocks or 3-pointers in 12 minutes.

The Hawks had won nine of their past 10 games, pushing them past teams like the Wizards, Pacers and Bucks for the No. 4 seed in the East, and Sefolosha's starting job shouldn't be in danger due to one awful game. No matter where he begins games, though, he's little more than a steals specialist.
Jan 19 - 12:07 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench on Wednesday with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, two 3-pointers, one rebound, and no other stats in 19 minutes of action.

He started for the Hawks on Monday, but that was only because Dwight Howard was being rested. THJ has been great this month, averaging 16.9 points and 2.9 triples on 54.2 percent shooting. He's worth deploying until he cools off, but be aware that he offers little beyond the scoring stats.
Jan 19 - 12:06 AM

Dwight Howard returned from a rest day on Wednesday, but he was quiet in a blowout loss with just four points, three boards, two assists and three blocks in 21 minutes.

Howard's return resulted in a more traditional lineup tonight, sending Tim Hardaway Jr. back to the second unit. The Hawks were destroyed in the first quarter, falling into a 24-point hole, and there was so much garbage time that no Hawks' starter played more than 27 minutes tonight. At least they'll be very well rested for Friday's home game vs. Chicago.

DeAndre Bembry (personal) posted four points, three rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

Bembry looked like he might get substantial minutes once Kyle Korver was traded to Cleveland, but that was before we knew that Mike Dunleavy would stay in Atlanta. There are simply too many swingmen on the roster to think that Bembry will help owners at any depth this year.
Jan 19 - 12:05 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

The Hawks will roll out a starting five featuring Dennis Schroder, Thabo Sefolosha, Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard (rest), but Hardaway should still be able to flirt with minutes in the 30s regardless of how he enters the game. He's been averaging 16.9 points and 2.9 triples per contest through the month of January, so he's worth owning while he's this hot.

Dwight Howard is back in the starting lineup to face the Pistons on Wednesday and Tim Hardaway Jr. will move to the bench.

He should see his normal playing time, assuming he can avoid foul trouble against Andre Drummond. Even though Hardaway Jr. is coming off the bench, he's still a hold.
Jan 18 - 7:44 PM

Hawks sign G Gary Neal.

It's only a 10-day deal for the former Spur, Wolf, Hornet, Wizard and Buck. The Hawks haven't really gotten much out of their rookie wings, so Neal may add some depth to add more scoring punch off the bench. Neal isn't worth owning almost anywhere yet.
Jan 18 - 4:47 PM

DeAndre Bembry (personal) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

He's not typically in the rotation, so his playing status is irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Jan 18 - 12:24 PM

The Hawks have reportedly acquired the right to G Cenk Akyol as part of the Mo Williams deal.

Akyol was drafted in 2005 but he's yet to make his NBA debut, and at 29 years old, that probably won't ever happen.
Jan 18 - 8:44 AM

The Hawks will reportedly sign Gary Neal to a 10-day contract.

Neal is familiar with Mike Budenholzer, as Budenholzer was an assistant coach in San Antonio during his time there, although we're not expecting much from him in Atlanta. He'll be competing for playing time with the likes of Tim Hardaway Jr., Mike Dunleavy and Kent Bazemore, so he's not a great add in most settings.
Jan 18 - 8:41 AM

Mike Muscala (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

Muscala's minutes will likely be divvied up between Kris Humphries and Mike Scott, but neither of those guys will get enough run to matter in most settings while Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard are healthy.
Jan 17 - 4:42 PM

Paul Millsap scored 17 points during a big 108-107 win over the Knicks on Monday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

He had a game-sealing block of Derrick Rose to get this win. Millsap didn't shoot the ball well in this game, making just 5-of-18 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line in 39 minutes. Dwight Howard (rest) did not play, which has been a helpful scenario for Millsap all season. The Hawks are also winning games and have gone 9-1 in their last 10, so maybe he stays put.
Jan 16 - 4:43 PM


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