Horford gets some help

Posted in Fantasy Basketball by DoubleDribble 182 days ago (
Center Keith Benson wants to help the Hawks boost their scoring and defense on the front line. The Hawks selected the Oakland University big man with the 48th pick in the second round of Thursday's NBA draft. "I'm looking forward to playing with Al Horford," Benson said. "He's developed into one of the really good bigs in this league. I've always liked watching Joe Johnson. They're an athletic team. I think I can contribute to that." Benson was the Hawks' first selection after GM Rick Sund traded a first-rounder to Washington in February for a package that included veteran guard Kirk Hinrich. Benson averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in four seasons with Oakland. The 6-foot-11, 224-pound Benson knows the Hawks want him to add muscle and bulk. "I think I have the frame to put on a lot of weight, and my game will really increase once I put on that weight and some strength and things like that," Benson said. "I think I can put on 20 or more pounds." Atlanta, which is coming off a second-round playoff loss to Chicago, was seeking low-post offense to take some of the front-line scoring responsibilities off Horford.

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