The Atlanta Hawks are the hottest team in the East from a record standpoint, not to mention their 10 game winning streak, as they enjoy an overall record of 31-8. If the Hawks can maintain their success, they could be in a great position to clinch the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference. But before we fast-forward to playoffs predictions, the Sports Unbiased NBA team assemble once again to discuss the Hawks representatives at the 2015 NBA All-Star game in New York.
Who should represent the Atlanta Hawks as an 2015 NBA All-Star Reserve and why?
Keith Rivas (NBA Contributor): The Atlanta Hawks really haven’t been the kind of team to make much noise in recent memory, but as of the 2014-15 season, ATL is ready to change things up. Riding a sudden and swift sweep of momentum, the Hawks almost literally jumped to the top out of nowhere. Surpassing the Wizards, Raptors, Bulls, and the Cavs, Atlanta doesn’t play games any more–they win them.
They can thank the leadership and guidance from Jeff Teague, who is a professional athlete that I feel has always been thrown under the rug. It was mainly due to the fact that in previous years either Teague wasn’t ready for his role or the team around Teague was not ready for what he had been cooking up for dinner. But now the tides are changing and Teague has the benefit of being amongst the best of both worlds and he is ready to light up the Eastern Conference not with friends, colleagues, or even teammates–but family.
As for Kyle Korver, I feel he has become the Robin to Teague’s Batman. Efficient from the floor and deadly from the three point line is just the kind of player and performance that Atlanta has been longing for.
The time to fly for the Atlanta Hawks is here and now.
Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague
Sauping R. Arguello (NBA Contributor): Being that the Atlanta Hawks are currently in first place in the Eastern Conference (31-8), they should have at least two representatives in the All-Star game. The east only has five teams with a record higher than .500. This is a specific scenario where winning should be rewarded due to the scarcity of W’s in the east.
My picks would be Jeff Teague who is leading the team in scoring (17.5 PPG) and assists (7.2 APG), as well as Paul Milsapp who is second in scoring (16.9 PPG) and leading the team in rebounds (8 RPG). You can make a case for a third All-Star representative in Al Hortford as being the defensive anchor of the Hawks system now that he is healthy. Hortford’s numbers have been slightly lower than usual, as he is third in scoring (14.8 PPG) and second in rebounds (6.6 RPG).
Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague
Jr. Williams (NBA Editor): The clear All-Star representative for the Hawks has to be Millsap, he not only adds scoring, rebounding, and steals to the team (all categories he leads in), but he adds a layer of toughness and physical presence that the Hawks have lacked for quite some time. He has been the clear-cut X-factor for the team in my opinion. Jeff Teague also deserves the nod, as his stellar on the court performance from December through now has ranked him among the top-3 point guards in the East. I think it would be pure blasphemy If at least one of these players did’nt make the list as a reserve.