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Atlanta Hawks: Predicting the Final 15-Man Roster

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15 Men Who Should Open The Season For The Atlanta Hawks

15 Men Who Should Open The Season For The Atlanta Hawks
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The Atlanta Hawks made a few new acquisitions this offseaon and lost Josh Smith, who was their overall best player on their team the last few seasons. Even with the loss of Smith, the acquisitions of Elton Brand and Paul Millsap give them a nice, big-man rotation. They appear to be a very guard heavy team, but unfortunately for Atlanta, only Jeff Teague and Louis Williams appear to be the only guards who they will be able to count on night in and night out.

Kyle Korver, who many consider to be the best perimeter shooter in all of the NBA, will continue to man the wing position for Atlanta this season. There are a few players on this roster that could possibly shock them and step up and gain quality playing time as the season goes on.

Damien Wilkins is clearly not the future for Atlanta at shooting guard, and John Jenkins doesn’t scream talent either. I fully expect Lou to continue getting minutes at both guard positions, but the shooting guard position needs his help the most. Royal Ivey, Shelvin Mack and Dennis Schroeder look to compete with each other in order to see who will gain the most backup time at the point guard position.

James Johnson is a sleeper for the Hawks this season; he has the talent to be a decent role player, and if he can step up this season, he’ll help Atlanta have a solid bench to go along with their few core starters they have on this roster.

With that all said, let’s take a look at the 15-man roster the Atlanta Hawks could open the season with this year.

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Point Guard

Point Guard
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Jeff Teague

Louis Williams

Royal Ivey

Shelvin Mack

Dennis Schroeder

Five point guards, but only two of them (Teague and Williams) are guaranteed to get decent minutes from day one. Schroeder is the sleeper out of this whole bunch.

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Shooting Guard

Shooting Guard
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Damien Wilkins

John Jenkins

Neither of these two should strike fear in anyone. Expect Lou Williams to get playing time at shooting guard as well.

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Small Forward

Small Forward
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Kyle Korver

James Johnson

DeMarre Carroll

Korver can stretch the defenses from 3-point range, and he's lights out from the free throw line. If James Johnson can put it all together, he could be a solid backup.

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Power Forward

Power Forward
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Paul Millsap

Gustavo Ayon

Mike Scott

There's not much depth behind Millsap. Expect Elton Brand to get playing time at power forward too.

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Al Horford

Elton Brand

This is the best position out of the five. Horford is the best player on the team, and Brand will be sixth man and get good minutes with the lack of depth at power forward.