Hawks' starters named co-Eastern Conference Players of the Month
The Atlanta Hawks' starting five players were announced as co-Eastern Conference Players of the Month for January on Wednesday, marking the first time in NBA history that five teammates have shared the monthly award.
Forward DeMarre Carroll, center Al Horford, shooting guard Kyle Korver, power forward Paul Millsap and point guard Jeff Teague were all honored after Atlanta compiled the first 17-0 record in a calendar month in league history. It is only the second time in league history that three or more teammates have shared the monthly award. The Dallas Mavericks' Michael Finley, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash did so in October/November 2002.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was also named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for the second straight month.
"We appreciate the recognition of our starters' play during this past month. It is reflective of all the work our entire team and organization has put in," Budenholzer said in a release. "We place a strong emphasis on having the right approach every day and making daily improvement. Collectively, we know that we have a lot more work to do this season and look forward to continue growing as a team."
Atlanta had its 19-game winning streak snapped on Monday by the New Orleans Pelicans, who have won seven of their last 10 games. At 40-9, the Hawks hold the league's best record and led the Eastern Conference by seven games entering Wednesday.
Carroll averaged 12.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14 games during January.
Horford averaged 17.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 16 starts. He recorded his first career triple double against the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 13, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Korver also started 16 games, averaging 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He led the East in three-point percentage, three-pointers made and ranked eighth in field goal percentage.
Millsap averaged team-highs of 18.3 and 8.0 rebounds, while Teague posted 16.6 points and 8.5 assists per game over their 16 starts.
Horford, Millsap and Teague have all been selected as All-Stars for the East.
- Mike Fiammetta