Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver spoke recently with the UK media in advance of Atlanta's trip to London to play the Brooklyn Nets in January. Korver was asked about how he saw new teammates Dennis Schröder and Pero Antic fitting in with the club.
The Hawks spent a first-round draft pick on Schröder in the 2013 NBA Draft and he has averaged about 19 minutes as the first guard off the bench. He has served as the primary backup point guard and has often shared the backcourt with starter Jeff Teague shifting over to shooting guard. That Schröder is having an early impact doesn't surprise Korver:
"He's already a great defender, he's learning a lot about offense here in the NBA. He's going to be a really good player, it's just going to take time on the court, so I think he's going to get a lot of that this year."
Schroder logged 19 minutes against the Kings on Tuesday and finished with six points and seven assists.
It was somewhat of a surprise when the Hawks signed Pero Antic to a contract over the summer. Antic had just helped Olympiacos to the Euroleague title and was looking for a new challenge with his basketball career. Mike Budenholzer talked about Antic's basketball IQ and his willingness to make the correct play during the preseason and Korver agrees with that assessment.
"Pero brings a skill set, as a seven-footer, that's very unique. He's a great shooter, he can put the ball on the floor, he has a really good feel for the game. And so when you have someone who's seven feet and has that kind of skill set, you kind of make time for them somehow."
Antic was on the court for Atlanta's final possession in Sunday's 105-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He's played a limited role through four games averaging 10.8 minutes per contest. He played just over 15 in Atlanta's win over the Kings on Tuesday and finished with five points on 2-for-4 shooting.