Atlanta Hawks' Ideal Starting 5 For 2016-17 Season

By Chipper Murphy

For the second straight second season the Atlanta Hawks ran into the playoff buzz-saw known as LeBron James, bringing up questions as to whether they should stay together.

The Hawks have to make decisions about pending free agents Al Horford and Kent Bazemore. Both are key players, but likely only one will remain on the roster for next season.

Expect some changes in Atlanta for 2016-17. This is their ideal starting five.

Atlanta Hawks\' Ideal Starting 5 For 2016-17 Season
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Center — Al Horford

Center — Al Horford Credit: Getty Images
After giving out a max contract to Paul Millsap last summer, the Hawks will have to do the same again this offseason with Horford. He's in his prime and plays well with Millsap. Letting him go would mean blowing things up. The Hawks aren't there yet.

Center — Al Horford

After giving out a max contract to Paul Millsap last summer, the Hawks will have to do the same again this offseason with Horford. He's in his prime and plays well with Millsap. Letting him go would mean blowing things up. The Hawks aren't there yet.

Power Forward — Paul Millsap

Power Forward — Paul Millsap Credit: Getty Images
Millsap is the best player on the team and one of the league's most underrated players. He's not going anywhere.

Power Forward — Paul Millsap

Millsap is the best player on the team and one of the league's most underrated players. He's not going anywhere.

Small Forward — Nicolas Batum

Small Forward — Nicolas Batum Credit: Getty Images
The Hawks missed DeMarre Carroll on both ends of the court this season. Batum isn't the defender that Carroll is, but he provides three-point shooting, rebounding and passing from the forward spot.

Small Forward — Nicolas Batum

The Hawks missed DeMarre Carroll on both ends of the court this season. Batum isn't the defender that Carroll is, but he provides three-point shooting, rebounding and passing from the forward spot.

Shooting Guard — Kyle Korver

Shooting Guard — Kyle Korver Credit: Getty Images
Korver is still one of the best three-point shooters in the game, and the Hawks are just much better with him on the floor.

Shooting Guard — Kyle Korver

Korver is still one of the best three-point shooters in the game, and the Hawks are just much better with him on the floor.

Point Guard — Dennis Schroder

Point Guard — Dennis Schroder Credit: Getty Images
The Hawks should move Jeff Teague in the offseason and finally hand the reins to Schroder full time. Schroder deserves a chance to show what he can do, and he makes significantly less than Teague.

Point Guard — Dennis Schroder

The Hawks should move Jeff Teague in the offseason and finally hand the reins to Schroder full time. Schroder deserves a chance to show what he can do, and he makes significantly less than Teague.

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