The Atlanta Hawks are coming off of a disappointing seven-game series loss to the Indiana Pacers, but they are excited about the future of their team after a surprising playoff run. Both Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack were big reasons that the Hawks’ bench was as effective as it was, and both players would like to re-sign with the Hawks this offseason. According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, both Scott and Mack have expressed a desire to remain in Atlanta.
“I’m just going to leave that to the GM and the coaching staff but of course I want to come back.” - Mike Scott
“I would like to be back. I’ll continue to work and improve my game and let my agent and everyone else deal with that. Of course (I want to return). I feel like it’s a great situation for me.” - Shelvin Mack
Scott played in 80 regular season games this year for the Hawks, starting in six of them. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, and showed a huge improvement in his all-around offensive game. In 2012, he was unable to knock down the three-point shot, but this year he was fairly efficient and could make them at will when he was open.
Mack on the other hand, played in 73 games for the Hawks while start in 11 of those appearances. There were times that he had to fill in for Jeff Teague at times throughout the course of the year due to injury, and was very effective in those minutes. He averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game, and was a great change of pace backup point guard to Teague.
Overall, this is very good news for the Hawks. They are hoping to make some offseason acquisitions that will help push them over the hump and into legitimate contention in the Eastern Conference, but they also need to keep their strong bench together. Both of these guys are going to receive interest from other teams, so it will be interesting to see just how motivated the Hawks really are in keeping both of them.
Evan Massey is a Staff Writer for Hoops-Nation.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.