Friday, June 27, 2014

The "Payne" Truth

Last night, the ..."Association"...known around these parts as the NBA...held their annual draft.

Our beloved Atlanta Hawks had the 15th pick...and...

Selected a 4 year college player out of Michigan State.

His name is Adreian Payne and he is 6feet 10 inches tall.

The mere fact he stayed in college all 4 years should raise a red flag to the obvious.

But these are the Hawks.  Mediocrity...  win 40 games...make the playoffs...lose in the 1st round.

Nod....if you've heard this before.

We have no quarrel with Mr.  Payne.  Our quarrel lies with the Hawks management...or lack there of.

How many 7 feet stiffs...are already in this league?  Riding the bench....night after night.

The league has changed.   It's about who can shoot the three pointer....and who can get physical on defense. (See San Antonio vs. Miami).

The Hawks drafted a big man...They need scorers.  Maybe this big man will make liars out of us and not only defend the paint...but shoot 3's too!

Wishful thinking?

Anyway here is Mr. Payne's bio...courtesy of Wikipedia:

Adreian Payne
US Navy 111111-N-OK922-242 Michigan State University center Adreian Payne scores against the University of North Carolina during the Quicken Loans.jpg
Adreian Payne dunking against North Carolina
Atlanta Hawks
Position Power forward
League National Basketball Association
Personal information
Born February 19, 1991 (age 23)
Dayton, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Jefferson Township (Dayton, Ohio)
College Michigan State (2010–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x Second team All-Big-10 (2013–2014)

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