DeMarre Carroll was starting to look every bit like the typical NBA journeyman, before he signed with the Atlanta Hawks last summer. Since being drafted with the 27th pick back in 2009, Carroll’s career had taken him to Memphis, Houston, Denver and Utah.
As he returned to the South, and closer to his native Alabama, it appeared that Carroll finally found a home in Atlanta though. Carroll himself has spoken of how the Hawks player development staff have worked harder with him than anywhere else in his professional career, and particularly lead assistant Quin Snyder who has helped the 27 year old with his shooting.
Like many of the men who filled the Hawks roster this season, little was expected of Carroll, yet anyone who watched him in his previous stops around the NBA knew what he could bring to a team. Looking back on the season, Carroll came to represent everything the Hawks are aspiring to be as a team, and became a vital piece of the starting lineup. Carroll, outworks and out-hustles his opponents, with the focus of his game being defense and three-point shooting. Without him, the Hawks would have been a much lesser team this season.
The style of Carroll’s play isn’t always easy to quantify in stats, but let’s take a closer look at the key areas of his game that helped the Hawks to win this season.