Hawks Call Up Mario West From D-League
Substitute "the middling, low-production guard" for the first devil and "low-risk, high potential young wing" for the second and you have the Atlanta Hawk's decision surrounding Mario West, called up from the D-League yesterday.
West spent the last two years with the Hawks, originally joining the team as an undrafted rookie in 2007. Coach Mike Woodson had high praise for the now former Maine Red Claw.
"I love everything about Mario West," Woodson said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I've always loved what he's done for our ballcub from day one. He pushes practice. I'm not scared to throw him in the game and he has to defend the best player on the opposing team. So it's good to have him back in a Hawk uniform."
Well, then. Good to have a coach that supports you. Josh Childress is jealous. So was this the best the Hawks could call up?
Short answer: no.
This year's D-League class is rife with talented guards, any of which could contribute in practice or off the bench as an athletic defender. Dontell Jefferson, Alonzo Gee, Antonio Anderson, the list goes on and on. But West knows the team, knows the system, and is familiar. And for some teams, that's all they're looking for, a guy that fits in easy.
We'll see if West sticks this time.