Apr 10, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard John Jenkins (12) celebrates with guard Jeff Teague (0) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Hawks defeated the Sixers 124-101. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks: Debating the Backcourt Rotation


Jeff Teague is the one commodity in the Hawks’ backcourt rotation. Teague has improved consistently and shown promise to this point in his career, as well as made it known that he plans to take on more of a leadership role on this younger, inexperienced Atlanta team.

Lou Williams came to the Hawks from Philadelphia last year, but his season was cut short due to an ACL tear early on.Williams has established himself as an explosive athlete that can create his own offense on a consistent basis, but with him still recovering from surgery, the rest of the backcourt is a big question mark.

Kyle Korver, another former 76er, is expected to get some minutes at small forward as well as shooting guard. What will determine how often Korver plays the 2 spot is whether or not second-year guard from Vanderbilt, John Jenkins can earn the starting role. If Jenkins opens some eyes in the preseason, Korver will be forced to earn most of his minutes at the small forward position.

With Teague penned in at the point guard position, it will be intriguing to see what rookie head coach Mike Budenholzer does with rookie point guard Dennis Schroeder. Schroeder is a sneaky athlete that is extremely efficient in pick-and-roll sets offensively.

While the choices may not be ideal, if Budenholzer doesn’t have a solid idea of what his rotation is going to look like, this season could feel even longer than expected for the Hawks and their fans.

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