Odds & Ends: Hawks, Bradley, Bobcats, Stern

Here are some odds and ends from around the NBA on Tuesday night:

  • The Hawks' offseason represents a step forward for the organization, writes Zach Harper of CBS Sports in his detailed offseason review of Atlanta.  Harper condemns the former regime's running-in-place approach, and says the Hawks had a solid draft and made the right decision to replace Josh Smith with the much cheaper Paul Millsap.  While he expects Atlanta to again end up in that familiar middle-of-the-playoff-pack area, Harper writes that the flexibility and roster construction created by Danny Ferry should give it a different feel.
  • Avery Bradley has focused on getting bigger and stronger this offseason in an attempt to stay healthy, writes Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston.  Bradley says that, due to injuries and the lockout, this offseason has easily been the most productive of his career as a professional.  He will certainly have an opportunity to shine on the new-look Celtics' roster. 
  • While success and roster continuity are typically linked in the NBA, the Bobcats are this year's exception, writes John Schuhmann of NBA.com.  Charlotte will bring back 11 players that accounted for over 85 percent of the team's total minutes played last year, which is the third highest percentage in the NBA this offseason,  The Bobcats have only added Cody Zeller, Anthony Tolliver and Al Jefferson at this point.  It is not surprising that first, second and fourth teams on that list are the Heat, Thunder and Spurs, respectively.
  • In an Insider-only piece, David Thorpe of ESPN points out the burning questions facing each of the teams in the Southeast division this season, adding that the division is stocked with youth and talent as well as, of course, the two-time defending champs.
  • With Adam Silver set to take over the commissioner's office in February, Jabari Davis of HoopsWorld provides a retrospective look at David Stern's 30 year reign as the NBA's front man.   

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