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Is Larry Drew gonna actually be a good coach?

From what I've been reading about predicting the Hawks 2010-2011 performances, everyone is counting on (and assuming with 100% confidence) that LD is going to actually take the inefficient isos away. He promised that he would run an better offense with more ball movement, but only when Michael Cunningham basically asked to his face if he would or not, and he had no choice but to say that he would to appease our blogosphere. But whenever he talks about his vision (without being put into a corner during an interview) and is just speaking freely, he tends to say good things but be very vague in my opinion.

Assumptions we are making about Drew:

1. Iso-Joe/Jamal is gone, and every play is going to create the most recommended shot and we are going to go from top 5 in offensive efficiency to #1. 

2. This relates to assumption 1, that he starts Teague from day 1 and doesn't look back. Firstly, if he does I think it's for the best, but our offensive efficiency will go down initially because Teague is a turnover machine (though he's probably an ok defender), both unlike Bibby. Secondly, Teague is going to inevitably struggle since Woodson didn't give him any real chances. Exhibit A: Summer league. Exhibit B: all of February and March of 2009 at Wake Forest (formerly ranked #1 team gets a first round exit against Cleveland State). Thirdly, Drew is only guaranteed this coming season and then the next one. He has no margin for error if he wants an extension and may have a lot of scheme switches and second doubts about our rotation. He'll have Bibby off the bench asking to be put in and he'll have maxed out Joe asking for 1-on-5 near the end of games. I'm willing to bet that he gives into temptation to keep a 40+-win team alive, and we don't truly improve.

3. He gets a good rotation out of Al Horford and Zaza, while not inhibiting potential all star Josh Smith, and gets more out of Collins and Powell than Woodson got out of Joe Smith, Collins, and RandMo.

Sorry that this wasn't very organized, but I hope you get my point that we need to establish what standards we hold LD by: how much do we expect and how much flexibility does he get, before we potentially decide he's really no better than Woodson. 

We did good to let woodson go, but then the ASG sharted in our pants by making a cheap hire. If he's anything like his son is at UNC, I say don't expect much. 

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