The Atlanta Hawks strength is their defense. The second place Hawks arw led by their big guys Josh Smith and Al Horford but they are a solid all-around defensive team. This post will focus on their point guards.
Jeff Teague shoots and allows opposing point guards a 50% effective Field Goal Percentage. Teague who ranks 8th in the NBA in steals forces his opposition point into 3.6 turnovers/game.
Devin Harris shoots 53% eFG as a point guard and allows just 48% eFG. Harris is a better shooter than Teague and is a little better at preventing made baskets by opposing PGs. Teague has a slight advantage in free throws made. He has improved a lot at the foul line this season (2.6 FTM/game and 88% FT Pct).
Back to the defensive end, Harris forces 4.4 turnovers/game. The former 5th overall draft pick also out-rebounds the starter Teague.
So far it seems that coach Drew could consider a switch for the playoff run. Let’s check their on/off stats to be sure.
Team Points Scored/100 Possessions: Harris 108, Teague 106
Team Points Allowed/100 Possessions: Harris 102, Teague 105.
I will admit that Teague being 5 years younger has more long-run upside than Harris but if the Hawks want to win a playoff series or two this year they may want get Devin Harris on the court some more.