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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense

Feb 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers enter the All-Star break as the only three teams in the NBA ranked in the top-10 in both offense and defense.

Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

The Chicago Bulls ranked second in defensive efficiency last season and 28th on offense, but they are currently 9th on offense and just 13th on defense.

Teams that contend for a championship in the NBA typically are in the top-10 in both categories, or are particularly dominant on one end of the floor.

The current top-10 in efficiency differential consists of the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers, Mavericks, Blazers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Spurs, Rockets and Cavaliers.

The old/young distinction is based on the average age of players who play 15 or more minutes per game.

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Kyle Korver Named To All-Star Game

Feb 10, 2015 9:11 PM

Kyle Korver has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as an injury replacement for Dwyane Wade.

“We would like to thank Commissioner Silver for selecting Kyle as an All-Star. He is an integral part of our team and we are extremely proud that Kyle will be able to join his teammates Al, Paul and Jeff in being recognized this weekend,” said Mike Budenholzer. “This is a positive reflection on all of the work the entire team, coaching staff and organization has put in this season.”

Korver is averaging 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.2 minutes (52 starts), and is second in the NBA in effective FG% (.707) and fourth in +/- ratio (+461). He has scored in double-figures 37 times, including six 20-point outings. He has made four-or-more three’s in a game 22 times.

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Hawks Trade Adreian Payne To Wolves For 2017 First Rounder

Feb 10, 2015 3:01 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to send Adreian Payne to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 2017 lottery protected first round pick.

The pick is lottery protected from 2017 until 2020.

The Hawks create cap room and a roster spot with the move, which could be used for Ray Allen or Gary Neal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Ray Allen To Make Decision Following All-Star Weekend

Feb 9, 2015 1:33 PM

Ray Allen is ready to decide his NBA future following All-Star Weekend.

Allen hasn't decided whether he wants to return for a 19th season, but he's been staying in shape and doing on-court work.

Allen has also remained in contract with several teams including the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavs have left a roster spot open for the past month, ostensibly saving it for Allen. 

 

The Hawks recently joined the list of clubs interested in Allen and could offer him more playing time than the Cavaliers.

Allen's potential role with a team is expected to be a deciding factor.

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Hawks Enter Mix Of Teams Interested In Ray Allen

Feb 6, 2015 1:04 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have joined a host of other clubs interested in signing Ray Allen.

Allen is still expected to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the All-Star break.

The Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls are among other teams to have registered interest in Allen this season.

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Hawks' Starting Five, James Harden Named Players Of The Month

Feb 4, 2015 7:46 PM

The starting five of the Atlanta Hawks and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for January.

The Hawks start Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Al Horford, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.

Atlanta went 17-0 during the month of January.

This is the first time in league history five teammates have shared the Monthly award, and is the only the second time ever (Dallas’ Michael Finley, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash shared the award in October/November 2002) that multiple players from one team have been honored.

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Mike Budenholzer, Steve Kerr Named NBA Coaches Of Month For January

Feb 2, 2015 3:01 PM

Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks and Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month for January, the NBA announced.

Budenholzer guided the Hawks to a 17-0 record in January while Kerr's Warriors went 12-3.

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Hawks' New Ownership Likely To Resolve Danny Ferry Situation

Feb 2, 2015 12:48 PM

Danny Ferry has helped build the Atlanta Hawks' roster, which has the best record in the NBA so far at 40-8.

Ferry's job status was put on indefinite leave due to racial comments made regarding Luol Deng during free agent last offseason.

"I believe that Danny will be resolved by the new ownership group," the Hawks' CEO, Steve Koonin, said last week. "It's such a big, important, strategic issue that has to be resolved by new ownership. And so, that's my best guess today, but I really don't know."

Ferry will likely remain on leave throughout the season.

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Thabo Sefolosha Out 6-8 Weeks With Calf Strain

Feb 1, 2015 1:13 AM

Thabo Sefolosha has sustained a calf strain and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, the Atlanta Hawks announced on Saturday.

Sefolosha has averaged 5.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1 steal in 19 minutes per game this season.

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Budenholzer, Kerr To Coach All-Star Game

Jan 22, 2015 12:10 PM

Mike Budenholzer and Steve Kerr will be the head coaches for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.

The Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors have each clinched the best record in their respective conferences for games played through Feb. 1.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Al Horford, Mo Williams Named NBA Players Of The Week
Al Horford and Mo Williams have been named the NBA Players of the Week.

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Quincy Miller Meeting With Pacers, Hawks, Thunder, Spurs
Quincy Miller is currently playing with the Reno Bighorns.

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Hansen, Tull Planning Separate Bids To Buy Hawks For Seattle
The Hawks are for sale and their current owners would like the team to remain in Georgia.

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Kevin Durant, Jeff Teague Named NBA Players Of Week
Kevin Durant helped the Thunder to a 2-0 week.

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Mike Budenholzer, Terry Stotts Named NBA Coaches Of December
Mike Budenholzer of the Hawks and Terry Stotts of the Blazers have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for December.

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100 Percent Of Atlanta Hawks To Be Sold
The Hawks will be officially on the market next week.

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Budenholzer: DeMarre Carroll Sets Tone, Identity For Hawks' Defense
DeMarre Carroll is the best player on defense for Mike Budenholzer, routinely guarding the opposing team's best perimeter scorer.

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Hawks' Ownership Search Moving Very Slowly
The Hawks' ownership search is moving very slowly, according to a source.

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Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of The Week
Al Horford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 15-Dec. 21.

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Hawks Recall Adreian Payne From D-League
Adreian Payne has appeared in six games, starting five, averaging 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds (tied for seventh in the D-League) and 2.3 assists in 31.3 minutes.

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Joe Johnson Had Issue In Free Agency With Knicks' Facility Being Outside City
Joe Johnson seriously considered signing with the Knicks in 2010.

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Paul Millsap 'Happy In Atlanta Right Now'
Paul Millsap will be a free agent in 2015.

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Adreian Payne Being Cautious With Plantar Fasciitis
Adreian Payne has been listed inactive for the Hawks' first two games of the season.

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Hawks Decline John Jenkins' Fourth-Year Rookie Option
The Hawks have decided to allow John Jenkins to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, league sources told RealGM.

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Dexter Pittman, Jarell Eddie Waived By Hawks
Both Dexter Pittman and Jarell Eddie were training camp invitations.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders
In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

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Chris Webber Involved In Prospective Hawks' Ownership Group
Chris Webber would have a modest financial investment in the partnership, but is expected to emerge as a face of the bid.

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Hawks Quietly Explored Al Horford Trade Last Season
The Hawks quietly reached out to a select group of teams last season making Al Horford available.

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RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton
Daniel Leroux, Arturo Galletti and Patrick Minton talk in-depth about the major offseasons for the Heat and Hornets, as well as small but important summers for the Wizards, Hawks and Magic, talk about their favorite moves and preview the upcoming season.

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