By Bradley Sturgeon @BradSturgeon1 on July 23, 2014
The Atlanta Hawks are coming off a surprisingly successful year upon losing their star center Al Horford to a mid-season injury. Heading into the 2014-2015 season, Horford is back, as well as the other starting four of the team. The Hawks also added a couple of utility players in Thabo Sefelosha and Kent Bazemore during free-agency. There may still be a move or two for Atlanta to make, but overall their roster is solidly set.
Jeff Teague greatly improved his level of play for the Hawks in 2013-2014. His slashing abilities through the lanes have made him a formidable threat for opponents. Atlanta is very confident in their starting PG, as they should be. Dennis Schroder will be called upon to play an increased role off the bench. He has shown flashes of brilliance in the Summer League. Shelvin Mack will be back as a third option. He brings additional scoring power.
Kyle Korver is well-known for his sharpshooting three-point abilities, and was once again very productive for Atlanta. He was recently selected for the USA National basketball team, a great honor for any player. The Hawks look for him to continue being that critical threat behind the arc. Atlanta signed free-agent Kent Bazemore of the Los Angeles Lakers for more depth at the SG position. He provides great defense and quickness off the bench.
DeMarre Carroll is highly praised for his defensive presence at the SF position. He's not afraid to get in your face and be physical. He can also shoot decently from behind the arc. Thabo Sefelosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder was picked up by Atlanta to provide a veteran defensive player off the bench. He has also been highly productive throughout his career by dropping the three-ball. John Jenkins is also a third option trying to prove himself.
Paul Millsap is easily the biggest bargain in the NBA at .5 million a year. He provides consistent big-man play for the Hawks by creating shots for himself and other players, as well as snagging a plethora of rebounds. Mike Scott will re-sign and will be the backup at PF. He provides one thing that Millsap does not: a strong three-ball. Also on the roster is first-round draft pick Adrian Payne. He and Scott make the PF bench spot very strong.
The great Al Horford will finally be back on the court to start the 2014-2015 season. His presence on defense is immeasurable. He adds the ability to shift defenses, rebounds, and block shots; all assets the team was lacking in his absence. Pero Antic and Mike Muscala will be back and provide solid backup down low. Antic can move out and make a three-pointer, and Muscala is improving everyday.
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