The Wizards sure could use Shelvin Mack today. They drafted him two years ago, 34th overall in the second round, cut him, re-signed him last December and cut him again.
Now, Mack, who needed time to develop as a point guard after playing off the ball for four years at Butler, has found a home with the Atlanta Hawks. He hurt the Wizards the first time these teams met, when he sparked a comeback.
In 25 minutes of the Hawks' 108-101 loss at Verizon Center, Mack had 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting, six assists, four steals and two rebounds. He has played his way into the rotation here after failing to stick as the backup to John Wall in Washington, a stint in the D-League and 10-day contracts with the Philadelphia 76ers and Hawks. But Mack just needed time to develop. Last season the Wizards went with A.J. Price and this season it's Eric Maynor.
"Another year under his belt, he got a taste of this league and what he has to do," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said before tip off in Atlanta. "He's a great kid. I'm rooting for him, except tonight. A lot of that is just confidence level, believing in himself and going out on the floor and producing. That's what he's doing."