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Predicting the Atlanta Hawks’ Starting Five for Next Season

Predicting the Hawks’ Starting Five for 2014-15 Season

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Under first-year head coach Mike Budenholzer, the Atlanta Hawks made the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season and nearly ousted the Eastern Conference top seed in the Indiana Pacers. The Hawks will head into this offseason with over million in cap space and a top-15 draft pick. With that said, here is their projected starting lineup for the 2014-15 season.

Point Guard: Jeff Teague

Jeff Teague
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Point Guard: Jeff Teague

Jeff Teague
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In his fourth year in the league, Teague continued to make strides offensively as he averaged a career-best 16.5 points to go along with 6.7 assists per game, and missed just two games in the regular season. He stepped up in the postseason as he raised his scoring to 19.3 points per contest, which gives Hawks fans a reason to believe he can be the team's point guard of the future.

Shooting Guard: James Young

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Shooting Guard: James Young

James Young
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If Young is available when the Hawks are on the clock at the 15th pick in this year's draft, they should select him. He can come in and start, where he can become an instant scoring option. He also has the necessary length to be a decent defender. Under the guidance of veteran guards in Louis Williams and Kyle Korver, there is a chance he can develop into a knock down shooter and reliable scorer.

Small Forward: Evan Turner

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Small Forward: Evan Turner

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The Hawks have million in cap space this offseason and they can use part of that to sign Turner. Since being traded to the Indiana Pacers, he has been used sparsely and a change of scenery in Atlanta could be precisely what he needs. His all-around game would be greatly welcome with the Hawks as his addition would be another piece to the team's puzzle.

Power Forward: Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap
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Power Forward: Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap
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When Al Horford went down with a season-ending injury 29 games into the year, Millsap quickly showed his value to the team as he took over the regains as their primary scorer. He played so well that he rightfully earned his first All-Star Game selection of his career. With Millsap playing in the final year of his two-year contract with the team, he will continue to be the focal point of the Hawks' offense.

Center: Al Horford

Al Horford
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Center: Al Horford

Al Horford
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For the past handful of seasons, Horford has been the heart and soul of the Hawks, but season-ending injuries have derailed him in two of the last three years. There is no question in terms of talent as he is one of the league's best big men when healthy. The only issue with Horford is a matter of him remaining relatively healthy. If he is able to do so, there is no reason to believe that he can't once again be a prominent player for Atlanta.