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Atlanta Hawks Step Into Mythical Round 2 Vs. Boston Celtics


The SB Nation Mythical 3 on 3 Tournament continues with the Round 2 matchup against the Celtics and the experts have spoken regarding the Hawks chances to win, which appear briefly as a blip between Slim and None.

Alternate Headline: Blogger who chose Hawks roster eats it for picking a rookie.

The picks are in for the Hawks chances for the 3 on 3 tournament matchup against the Celtics.

In case you missed the other hundred posts on the topic, the good guys will sport a lineup of Josh Smith, Al Horford and rookie John Jenkins taking on the Evil Trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.

As the experts reviewed the matchup, they couldn't help but notice one glaring difference in the players on the team:

Atlanta sends Al Horford and Josh Smith along with rookie John Jenkins out to do battle with Boston's big three. Jenkins' role will be to hit perimeter jumpers on kick outs from the talented Atlanta bigs. But let's face it, if we're playing Sesame Street "One of these things just doesn't belong" with these six players, it's Jenkins.

The experts loved the defensive versatility that Smith and Horford affords the team, but just couldn't get past the Rondo v. Jenkins matchup and it pretty much adds up to disaster.

In my defense for selecting Jenkins I assumed we didn't think that folks would assume just because Jenkins hasn't stepped foot on an NBA court before meant he had never stepped on any court before. I selected him because, in a 3 on 3 tourney, those 3-pt baskets are worth more, percentage wise than a two. Jenkins' ability to create for himself with a lethal pump fake as well as underrated passing skills is what the roster needed.

This recent review of the ESPN Player Rank Project from Hickory High explains how undervalued rookies typically are before their rookie season. Such is the case, I believe, with Jenkins. Or I could be just irrationally sold on a guy I saw play many SEC games and killed it in summer league. I am willing to take the beating in any case -- I am a Jenkins believer.

If this had been last season's roster, Joe Johnson would have fit the bill perfectly, alas, who else on the Hawks roster has the overall skill set to fit what I saw as the missing piece to this equation? Lou Williams doesn't consistently nail threes, nor does Jeff Teague, though their name recoginition in this exercise may have proven more beneficial to the Hawks' overall mythical chances to take out the C's.

Exit Question: On a scale from 1 to 100, how badly did I screw the Hawks here? 1 being "not at all" and 100 being "Traded Nique for Manning".