Hawks vs. Bucks preview: The JJ Redick era begins

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Milwaukee Bucks, JJ Redick. The sharpshooter gets his first crack at impressing the Bucks faithful Saturday night, as the team takes on Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks.

2012/2013 NBA Season
Mil_medium
(26-27, 14-13 home)
vs.
Atl
(30-23, 12-13 road)
February 20, 2013
BMO Harris Bradley Center | Milwaukee, WI
7:30 CT
FS Wisconsin HD | 620 WTMJ
Probable Starters
Brandon Jennings PG Jeff Teague
Monta Ellis SG Kyle Korver
Luc Mbah a Moute SF Josh Smith
Ersan Ilyasova PF Anthony Tolliver
Larry Sanders C Al Horford
2012/13 Advanced Stats
94.3 (5th) Pace 91.7 (14th)
102.9 (24rd) ORtg 104.3 (19th)
104.0 (10th) DRtg 103.8 (9th)

On the Hawks: Peachtree Hoops | Hawks Hoop | Soaring Down South

Hawks update. Our favorite accipidridae-mascotted potential trade partner coincidentally (or purposely, if you're Alex Jones) makes their first visit to the BMO Harris Bradley Center tonight with Josh Smith in the lineup. Will Milwaukee boo Smith? Will they "meh"? Will they cheer, knowing the financial horrors that would accompany a potential long-term extension for a player with a history of affection towards ill-advised mid-range jumpers that belie his incredible post-centric skill set? TUNE IN TO FIND OUT.

Let three-dom ring, forever-Morrow. The Hawks currently rank fifth in the NBA in shooting percentage from deep, and third in total makes from beyond 24 feet. Losing Anthony Morrow (39.5% 3fg) likely hurts this area of strength in the second half, but don't expect a major drop off from Atlanta's stable of swing men, including Kyle Korver (46.6% 3fg), DeShawn Stevenson (38.9% 3fg), Jeff Teague (37.7% 3fg), Lou Williams (36.7% 3fg), and John Jenkins (40% 3fg), who could easily see extra minutes in Morrow's absence.

Atlanta is also one of the league's best passing teams (24.1 assists-per-game, 2nd in the NBA), thanks in no small part to Smith and Al Horford, both of whom are excellent passers for big men. Milwaukee is 25th in the NBA in opponent assists-per-game on their home floor, so prepare for the worst if Horford and Smith are setting up on the elbows and dropping dimes to cutters around the hoop.

The Chronicles Of Redick. Starting with the correct spelling of his last name, Bucks fans and media have a lot left to learn about their newest sushi-loving sharpshooter. You probably don't need to read a shortened version of what he brings to the table when we have so much more depth to offer, but John Hammond was (expectedly) prideful of Redick's all-around basketball prowess:

"He's a quality ball handler. He's a good passer," Hammond said at Friday's introductory press conference, "and he's made himself into a very good defender and really tough, competitive guy."

However, Redick was quick to point out his indifference towards having the ball in his hands consistently.

"I'm a guy that doesn't need to have the basketball in his hands a lot. I don't need a lot of touches necessarily. I don't need a lot of dribbles. ... I'll continue to be who I am as a player; that is, a quick decision maker."

He also dropped a usage rate reference at one point, leading all of us NERDS to conclude, at the very least, Redick will be an interesting interview subject once he gets acclimated to the system.

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