Atlanta Hawks: Top 5 Moments From Last Season

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February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Eastern Conference center Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks (15, left) dribbles against Western Conference center DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings (15, right) during the second half of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Four Hawks are Named All-Stars

When it came time for the All-Star teams to be revealed there was the thought that individual Hawks could potentially get punished for the team based success. That turned out to only be the case for one player (DeMarre Carroll).

In the end the players and coaches rewarded the Hawks for their winning ways by naming four Atlanta Hawks to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Carroll may have deserved it just as much as the other four, but they each were very deserving in their own right.

Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap traded the role of leading scorer on a nightly basis, finishing 1-2 in the regular season with Teague averaging 15.9 points and Millsap averaging 16.7 points per game. Korver’s 49.2 percent shooting from outside might have been the most important of Atlanta’s offensive success last season.

Then there’s Horford. Al Horford was, well, Al Horford. The big man returned from injury to put up 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game on 53.8 percent shooting with a team leading PER of 21.4. All four players were worthy All-Stars and it was impressive to see the NBA reward team basketball by acknowledging these four players when individual performers on lesser teams may have had more gaudy statistics.

In the end the Eastern Conference All-Stars fell 163-158 because the alien that inhabits Russell Westbrook’s body dropped 41 points. Teague and Korver both had fantastic games. Teague scored 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting, while Korver racked up 21 points making 7 three-pointers. Millsap scored 5 points and Horford scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. All in all a very impressive evening for the Atlanta Hawks contingent. Proving they deserved to be considered among the NBA’s elite.

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