The NBA is full of guys who are blessed with talent and athleticism, and never have to worry about their job security. Then on the other side of the coin, there’s the guys who made the league thanks to their hard work and intelligence, and their desire to fully utilize their skills as a professional. The Atlanta Hawks’ point guard Shelvin Mack is the latter.
Mack hasn’t had the easiest first three years in the NBA, including a second season when he played only 31 games between spells at three different teams. All signs now point to Mack having found a home in the league, though. On Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Mack and the Hawks had agreed to terms on a new three-year deal that would keep him in Atlanta.
Free agent guard Shelvin Mack has reached agreement on a three-year, $7.3M deal to return to Atlanta, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 25, 2014
It wasn’t a complete surprise, as Mack had an excellent season last year, growing in importance for Atlanta as the season progressed. After just scraping through training camp without having his non-guaranteed contract cut last Summer, Mack entered the season at the back of the Hawks guard rotation.
The inexperience of Dennis Schröder saw his chances increase though, and Mack took full advantage, culminating in a 20-point performance in Game 5 of the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers.
As a result, Hawks fans will be more than happy to see the Kentucky native return, but for those of you who aren’t familiar with Mack’s play, here’s three reasons why it’s a good move for Atlanta.