The Hawks Could've At Least Gone With a Point Guard Obsessed GM

Sometimes, a joke is so inevitable, you have to make it, even if it's two days late. Yesterday, in a move that surprised no one only because it was so uninteresting, the Hawks hired former Sonics GM Rick Sund to replace Billy Knight. Knight walked away because his hand-drafted team just had its moment in the sun. He looks astute, but doesn't want to hang around to watch it disintegrate. ↵
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↵Knight isn't such a bad executive. He got Pau Gasol for Memphis, saw gold in Joe Johnson, and yes, drafted a lot of talented forwards. However, he's best remembered for, well, drafting an endless parade of forwards, even when his team badly needed a point guard. He did nab A.C. Law last summer, but only after taking Al Horford—and therein lies the paradox of Knight's legacy. ↵
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↵Enter Sund. He did acquire Ray Allen for Gary Payton, which was a nice move. But his primary contribution to the Sonics' recent history was his run of drafting ... nothing but centers. That would be Robert Swift in 2004, Johan Petro in 2005, and Saer Sene in 2006. Nick Collison, taken in 2003, sort of counts for this. ↵
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↵I know Atlanta has Bibby and Law now, which kind of counts. Given this team's track record, though, would it have killed them to go after Grizzlies' GM Chris Wallace, who is intent on stockpiling point guards?↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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