Blogtable: Atlanta’s All-Star is …?

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> Assuming the Hawks don’t have a player voted into the starting lineup (and that’s a pretty safe assumption), who on the Atlanta roster should make the All-Star team as a reserve? And why?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: When we bellied up to the blogtable a few weeks ago to bat around All-Star roster spots, I mentioned Kyle Korver, so I’m going to stick with him. He’s not a “star” per se, but his name recognition is as solid as any of the below-the-radar Hawks. Jeff Teague has the gaudier PER (22.7) and Teague, Paul Millsap and Al Horford are averaging more points. Korver, however, is so instrumental to what Atlanta is doing this season that he’d be a great representative for their ensemble contender. If Dan Majerle could make an All-Star Game as a role player, Korver should be able to.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.comIt’s taken the Hawks’ sizzling run to get people to finally notice that Jeff Teague has the numbers (19.8 points., 7.2 assists) to go toe-to-toe with the elite point guards. He’s been the steady hand running the Atlanta offense, also is getting the job done on defense. The Hawks have a lot of contributors to what has become a wonderful season, but Teague is the spark who often ignites them. He should be in the MVP conversation.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.comJeff Teague with a slight edge over Paul Millsap. Teague takes care of the ball, a big reason the Hawks could break the top five in scoring despite not having a dominant scorer. With Teague, they don’t waste possessions. Plus, he shoots well. One very interesting consideration for an All-Star pick, though: Kyle Korver. That range puts so much pressure on defenses. Korver will obviously be invited to be in the Three-Point Contest, but an argument could be made he deserves consideration for the Sunday main event.

Shaun Powell, NBA.com: If we’re only putting one Hawk on the team, then it’s Paul Millsap, who’s a player’s player and Atlanta’s most consistent guy. If we’re putting two, then pencil in Jeff Teague, a top-3 point guard in the NBA over the last month. Coach Mike Budenholzer will be on the bench, it appears. And we know Kyle Korver is winning the Three-Point Contest, right? So it could be a Hawk weekend after all.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: In a league where shooting is more important than ever, there should be a spot for the guy that’s the league’s best shooter by a wide margin. Kyle Korver not only shoots 3-pointers at a ridiculous rate (his threes are worth 1.6 points per shot), but creates open shots and lanes to the basket for his teammates by just being on the floor. The numbers say that the Hawks’ sixth-ranked offense is at its best when Korver is on the court, and it’s easy to understand why. I’d try to find spots for Jeff Teague (the team’s second most efficient scorer and the guy who runs the offense), Paul Millsap (all-around mensch on the floor) and Al Horford (the key to their defensive improvement), in that order, as well. And maybe Cleveland’s slide will allow for more than two Hawks on the East roster.

Sekou Smith, NBA.com: The All-Star reserve selections are often about what have you done for me lately. And no one has been better for the Hawks than Jeff Teague, whose run of 20-point scoring games and deft touch running Mike Budenholzer‘s offense has been an absolute revelation for a player who was once viewed as a potential bust (in his early days with the Hawks) by some insiders who are no longer with the organization. In a league filled with stellar point guards, Teague has been one of the best this season and deserves the some All-Star recognition for what he’s done. Paul Millsap deserves a spot, too. And if Budenholzer and his staff end up coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars next month in New York, don’t be surprised to see a pair of Hawks suit up for the big game.

Ian Thomsen, NBA.comJeff Teague has to be an All-Star, doesn’t he? He leads the No. 1 team in points and assists. I don’t see any of the other Hawks making it, which makes sense — it’s because of their selflessness that they’re dominating the East.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blogI’ve said all along that Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague deserve to be All-Stars this season. Teague leads the Hawks in scoring (17.4 ppg) and assists (7.4 apg), and he’s a pest defensively (1.8 steals per game). After years of inconsistent play, Teague is having a career year, and in a league dominated by point guards, Teague gives the Hawks a chance to win every night. Meanwhile, even though Al Horford has improved week by week, Millsap has been Atlanta’s best frontcourt player all season. He’s averaging 16.9 ppg and leads them in rebounding (7.9 rpg), and surprisingly he’s tied with Teague in steals (1.8). And on the rare occasions when the Hawks’ pace-and-space offense bogs down, Teague and Millsap are Atlanta’s best options to create a shot for themselves. It’s hard to single out any of the Hawks, as their whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Horford and Kyle Korver certainly deserve All-Star consideration. But without Teague and Millsap, this team wouldn’t be flying nearly as high.

14 Comments

  1. jdub455 says:

    Pero Antic!!!

  2. jdub455 says:

    teague…

  3. www says:

    Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap.

    Kyle Korver probably won’t make an all-star stream, but the Hawks could do what they do without him.

  4. my favorite sports ever. . .

  5. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    Indiana’s own Jeff Teague, Go Hawks.

  6. harriethehawk says:

    Can’t chose just one guy. Should be Teague, Millsap and Horford. Kyle Korver the wild card.

  7. talle says:

    Al Horford.. He’s the smartest & selfless player in the team

  8. dustydreamnz says:

    It’s a different guy every night so this is tough. It wouldn’t surprise me if none made it actually, I’m a Hawks fan but people prefer the bigger markets and there’s so many Hawks players that are close, it spreads the votes.

  9. LazyTapDancing says:

    East:
    starters: Wall, Wade, James, Gasol, Anthony
    reserves: Lowry, Teague, Milsap, Horford, Bosh, Butler, Brandon Knight
    next in line: DeRozen, Gortat, Love, Irving

    West:
    starters: Curry, Bryant, Davis, Gasol, Griffin
    reserves: Harden, Lillard, Cousins, Aldridge, Nowitzki, Thompson, Paul
    next in line: Westbrook, Conely, Duncan, Durant, Howard, Green, Ellis, Chandler

    *Starters are based on latest ballot return, which does not look like it will change

  10. NBA Fan says:

    Atlanta should have at Least two allstars- Teague and Korver, Since Al and Paul have already made it. Kevin Love should not make allstar, Kyrie has not been a better leader than Teague or Lowry this year. If Bucks might not have an Allstar there is no way Cavs should have more than 1 which will be Bron

  11. rbatista809 says:

    It’s true that Jeff Teague and Paul Missap are having a great year, but what about Al Horford… Last year, Atlanta Hawks was not the same team without Horford. Lang Whitaker says “without Teague and Millsap, this team wouldn’t be flying nearly as high.”… But what happened yesterday ??? Without Millsap, Teague and Carrol, Horford took care of the team with a triple-double. Who is the one that take care of the big men ? is Horford… For me, if he is not the number one to deserve an All Star, at least he has to be number 2.

  12. rbatista809 says:

    It’s true that Jeff Teague and Paul Missap are having a great year, but what about Al Horford… Last year, Atlanta Hawks was not the same team without Horford. Lang Whitaker says “without Teague and Millsap, this team wouldn’t be flying nearly as high.”… But what happened yesterday ??? Without Millsap, Teague and Carrol, Horford took care of the team with a triple-double. Who is the one that take care of the big men ? is Horford… For me, if he is not the number one to deserve an All Star, at least he has to be number 2.

  13. Paul says:

    Paul Millsap and or Jeff Teague.