Despite what I saw last night, Galen Bronson > DeJonte Murray

Last night the New York Knicks lost in Atlanta to the Hawks. This is not big news. If you tell the fans of either team before the season that in January the latter will win a home game against the former, neither fan will blink.

However, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that there aren’t a lot of Hawks fans. I searched for “Atlanta Hawks fans” in the system we use via SB Nation for pictures for articles and got pictures of the Milwaukee Bucks and their fans, Detroit Pistons and their fans, Houston Rockets and their fans – yet no Hawks fans. zero. For years, any team with what looked like a fan base could count on games in Atlanta ipso facto home games. It’s understandable: the Atlanta Hawks never were Is that true Hassan. Never a contender for the title. Never made it to the finals. They are less popular than the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Football and possibly the Atlanta Thrashers, an NHL franchise left years ago in Winnipeg.

Last summer, the Hawks traded three first-round picks, a selective trade, essentially Danilo Gallinari and Kevin Huerter for Dejounte Murray. While the Albany-born Hutter wasn’t actually in Murray’s trade, Atlanta owner Anthony Ressler is only worth $6,100,000,000.00 and probably had to take a paper route to cover the couple that Hutter would have cost him on the luxury tax, so Atlanta shipped him to Sacramento – which is due in part to his career so far away from Huerter, much better than the Hawks.

(Doesn’t Ressler look like a silver fox opera villain who spotlights his wife too young to think she’s crazy, she’s never been pregnant, those baby cries that wake her up every night are all in her head? The guy who takes his Scotch clean.)

The Kings aren’t the only perennial end to the playoffs game currently ahead of the Hawks. Even with this loss, their third in a row, the Knicks still held more than half the game ahead of Trae & Co. I think most fans understand that these two teams are on the same playing field in terms of quality. The Knicks and the Hawks are the NBA’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, cross paths with real legends while themselves forever remaining minor characters.

However, last night, not long after the game ended and I was hanging out on Twitter, I came across several Hawks trolls. my crime? reply to this.

with this:

Turns out I changed Hawks a W in short; They are between the ages of 24 and 22. I think my fault is understandable, given their impersonation of dead fish all season long. Until last night’s win, they hadn’t been over a . 500 game in six weeks.

I found it odd to be a fan of a team who aspires to not only make the playoffs but make noise once they’ve had their fill of making a best No. 18 in the league. Some of these trolls, for reasons still unknown to me, have responded with a snarl about Galen Bronson being better than their summer’s big step-mom, Djaunt Murray. Of course this is absurd. The two players played an almost identical number of minutes, and Bronson was just five minutes ahead of Murray, so this is more apples for apples than most comparisons. This is honey for pink ladies.

More binary indicators? Bronson. 3s? Another handful for Murray. Bronson made twice as many free throws. They both shoot 50% in 2s and are great off the foul line (86% for Bronson, 84% for Murray). Bronson has the edge from depth, 40% to 36%. Murray is the best player and the best defender. Bronson has a little more passing tackle, a little less turnover. Statistically, the Bronsons are ahead, but like the teams they play for, these two teams are generally on the same playing field (in continuing with the Raptors as the final member of the Middle East trio, welcome to the Pretty Good Point Guard Pagoda, Fred VanVleet!).

Both players deserve extra credit for excelling in the way they excel while simultaneously adapting to different roles. Bronson left the Dallas team where he could live big as Luca’s co-pilot for the big-city largesse, where he doesn’t need a laconic application—a bigger role, a bigger paycheck, a bigger story to tell, and it’s all a big fat bet on himself. Murray would have led a comfortable and well rewarded life tending a flock of future San Antonio sons. Instead, the former All-Star who averaged nearly three-fold last season agreed to shuffle positions and make significant cuts to ball-handling and decision-making while playing alongside Trae Young, a man who never alienated his teammates or coaches. Considering the leaps Bronson and Murray have made in very different ecosystems, they’re both to be commended for their performances up to this point.

Murray was brought into his team with the expectation that he would promote them from a heavy play into a dark horse. However, it is Bronson who has taken his form as well as his team mates to such amazing and awesome heavens. The season is still young and this season more than any other; It was off. The Knicks current three-game losing streak came on top of seven wins in eight games, which followed a five-game losing streak on top of an eight-game losing streak, which came on the heels of two. Slide game. Now Atlanta has won six in a row, putting it nearly dead on even with New York. The way these two teams stumble and rise, the standings number remains volatile through game 82.

I’ll give Bronson the slight edge over Murray at this early stage in things, but it’s already very likely that the Knicks would have made a better move in signing JB than the Hawks in trading for the DM. Not only did the Knicks not give up all the talent, assets, and control in the draft to their freshman the way the Falcons did for them, but Bronson signed on for three years, guaranteed (the fourth year being his option). Murray is a free agent two seasons from now, and it was clear he wasn’t going to sign any extension before then. In 2024-25, the first year Murray will begin his new deal, the Hawks already have $113 million earmarked for four players: Young, DeAndre Hunter, John Collins and Clint Capela. Assuming they traded Capela before that time, they would also have to re-sign Onyeka Okongwu to a new deal and potentially pick the option over AJ Griffin. So even if they make a few moves every now and then to free up cash, there’s a chance the Knicks will squeeze more years out of Gibson’s crown than the Hawks do from their shiny new game.

In conclusion, Bronson > Murray.

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