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A look at the Atlanta Hawks’ schedule amid trade rumors

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We’re now past December 15, the date free agents become eligible to be traded. Paul Millsap, for example, goes from off limits to a very nice trade piece the Hawks can bait other teams with, specifically Houston for Omer Asik. Atlanta also has plenty of other friendly contracts at their disposal.

The schedule for the rest of the month might make it difficult for the Hawks to make immediate moves, however, or at least ones meant to help get in the lottery. Check out how soft the rest of December is for them:

Date Team Home/Away Record
Tonight Los Angeles Lakers Home 11-12
Wed, Dec 18 Sacramento Home 7-15
Fri, Dec 20 Utah Home 6-20
Mon, Dec 23 Miami Away 17-6
Thu, Dec 26 Cleveland Away 9-14
Sat, Dec 28 Charlotte Home 10-14
Sun, Dec 29 Orlando Away 7-17
Tue, Dec 31 Boston Away 11-14
Totals   4-4 78-112

It’s an interesting predicament when Atlanta can swap their first round pick with Brooklyn, who’s (sadly) less than two games away from the eighth seed and faces a favorable schedule this week: versus Philadelphia, versus Washington, then at Philadelphia on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

Several teams out East are lurking under .500 anyway, a winning streak away from looking like a contender for the playoffs or a losing streak away from hopping into the abundance of tanks waiting for them. Even Chicago, injury-plagued for the second straight season, might choose to rebuild by putting Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer on the trading block. That makes it tempting for Atlanta to make a clear run at the third seed in the East when so many others are a potential step or two ahead in regards to accumulating lottery balls.

But at best, there’s a very small chance the Hawks go further than the second round of the playoffs. Atlanta’s schedule in January looks brutal anyway, playing Golden State, Chicago, Brooklyn, Indiana, Houston, Memphis, Brooklyn again, and Miami over the first three weeks and in that order. San Antonio and Oklahoma City lurk in the final week, topping off what could be a decent pile of losses.

This isn’t meant to say Atlanta would base any season-altering move just by looking at who’s on the schedule, but going possibly 18-14 through December or finishing January a few games under .500, for example, could help dictate how the Hawks finish in April and what their roster looks like by then. They could move some pieces before 2014 and use their January schedule to slowly but surely make their way into the lottery, or they could just as likely rack up wins the rest of December, tread water through January, and sell a round or two of playoff tickets in the spring.

Atlanta could always make a trade later in the season too, though a rim protector like Asik likely won’t be up for grabs by then. Regardless, the Hawks are set up as a landing spot for a valuable asset should another one become available.

Kyle Korver and everyone else who’s made six threes this season

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Photo: Mark Runyon | BasketballSchedule.net

Kyle Korver has been terrific out of the gates, making nearly 52 percent of his threes on over five attempts per game. Fantasy basketball-wise, the Hawks’ starting small forward (or shooting guard, depending on the night) is ranked in the top 50 for both eight and nine-category leagues, according to Basketball Monster.

Korver went off last night against the Clippers, shooting 6-for-9 on threes to help the Eastern Conference nab a rare win over a team out West, but just how many players have made six or more threes in a game this season? I took a look, via Basketball-Reference. At first, I wanted to list every time an active player made six threes in their career, but that totaled to about 800. That, and Basketball-Reference uses the term “active” a little loosely since Tracy McGrady, among others, is still listed as that.

Anyway, take a look at this year’s six threes club. I also included minutes, home/away games, win-loss results, and some others just to look at the differences between each player listed:

Player Six-threes games Total       games Home/
Away
Win/
Loss
Minutes per game 3PM per game 3PA per game Points per game
Klay Thompson 4 19 2-2 4-0 39.3 6.5 10.3 26.8
Ryan Anderson 3 9 1-2 3-0 40.0 6.7 10.7 31.0
Arron Afflalo 2 18 2-0 1-1 37.5 7.5 10.0 33.0
Bradley Beal 2 13 0-2 1-1 41.5 6.0 7.5 30.0
Stephen Curry 2 16 0-2 0-2 40.0 7.5 12 33.5
Gerald Green 2 19 1-1 1-1 33.5 6.0 9.0 20.5
Kyle Korver 2 16 1-1  1-1 35.0 6.0 7.5 22.5
James Anderson 1 19 1-0 1-0 44 6 8 36
Trevor Ariza 1 13 0-1 0-1 38 6 11 28
Aaron Brooks 1 17 1-0 1-0 25 6 7 26
Jose Calderon 1 19 0-1 0-1 33 6 8 21
Jamal Crawford 1 19 1-0 1-0 30 6 11 21
Mike Dunleavy 1 16 1-0 0-1 48 6 10 23
Paul George 1 19 0-1 0-1 38 7 15 43
Danny Green 1 18 0-1 1-0 23 6 9 24
Andre Iguodala 1 13 0-1 1-0 33 7 11 32
Joe Johnson 1 18 1-0 0-1 44 8 10 34
Wesley Johnson 1 18 0-1 1-0 33 6 7 27
Damian Lillard 1 19 0-1 0-1 42 6 12 32
Jeremy Lin 1 16 0-1 0-1 49 9 15 34
O.J. Mayo 1 18 1-0 1-0 33 6 7 28
Chandler Parsons 1 18 1-0 1-0 27 6 6 21
Derrick Rose 1 10 1-0 1-0 31 6 11 20
C.J. Watson 1 18 0-1 1-0 30 6 7 18
Shawne Williams 1 16 0-1 1-0 31 6 11 20
 Totals/Averages 35 414 15/20 22/13 36.0 6.5 9.7 27.4

Unsurprisingly, a team with a player who’s made six threes has won just under two-thirds of those games. More interesting is how often those threes were made on the road. You’d expect some role players off the bench who are listed here to perform better at home. Maybe they do and the three-point outburst is just an outlier. We’ll see if that’s true as the season progresses.

Also worth noting, 8.5 percent of total games by those players have involved making over six threes. Should that frequency remain the same, someone on that list will make six threes on Friday night at the latest. Let’s see who that is, or if another player will join the club exclusive to only…25 players. That’s kind of a big club through just five weeks and it’s obvious what the password is to get in, but whatever. It’s great to witness three-point barrages and there’s still four months left for them to happen.

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