Low wattage in Atlanta

Updated: February 7, 2005, 11:58 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider


Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks might be the only team in the league that can't make a credible claim to having an all-star-caliber player on its roster.

The best the Hawks can do is claim Antoine Walker. His numbers, on the surface, anyway, look all-star worthy. He's averaging 19.9 ppg and 9.4 rpg. But, when you factor in that he's shooting just 41 percent from the field, 31 percent from three-point range and nearly averages as many turnovers (3.4 per game) as assists (3.8 per game), the wind falls out of the sails pretty quickly.

When you factor in that Walker ranks last on the team in plus/minus, the argument is over.

Josh Smith looks like the only guy on the team with all-star potential down the road. But it's going to be a while.

New York Knicks: You'd think that a $103 million payroll would buy you at least a couple of all stars, but as it stands, the last-place Knicks don't look like they'll be getting any invites to the party.

Stephon Marbury is the one guy with the numbers to get the nod. He's averaging 20.2 ppg and 8.2 apg this season while shooting 47 percent from the field.

However, since he declared that he was the best point guard in the league, the Knicks are 2-16.

If that doesn't squash his campaign, nothing will.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer