A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE HAWKS
For years Hawks fans have complained that Josh Smith has not made an All-Star team. Last year they finally had an argument. When Al Horford went down, Josh needed to be the guy in the frontcourt, and he played like it, to his credit. The changes have been subtle—not taking as many bad shots, not being as careless with the basketball. He's always wanted to be the guy, and now he's got the chance.... Al is a building-block type. He's always in the right place, he's always communicating on defense, and he covers for teammates' mistakes.... A big part of Jeff Teague's breakout last season was confidence. He's always been a much better penetrator than jump shooter, and in the past you played him almost solely to drive. His form is unorthodox—it almost looks like a shot put—but he was good enough on the perimeter that you had to guard him.... Lou Williams is point-guard-sized, but he's really a shooting guard in terms of his game. With guys like that, the best fit is to come off the bench and give the second unit offensive punch. As a coach, you hate to sub your starters out and leave no scoring on the floor. Williams can help ease that move.