Three Hawks on All-Star ballot

Vivlamore reporting from Oakland.

Al Horford, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague are the Hawks representatives on the NBA All-Star ballot the league released Tuesday.

Horford and Smith are  36 front-court nominees in the Eastern Conference. Horford is a two-time All-Star as a center but the league changed the process this year to group all centers and forwards together. Teague is one of 24 nominees at guard in the East. In all, 120 players both both conferences are represented on the ballot.

Balloting will be held until Jan. 14. Fans can vote in a variety of ways on a daily basis, including social media sites. This year’s All-Star game will be held in Houston on Feb. 17.

- Chris  Vivlamore

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146 comments Add your comment

Buddy Grizzard

November 13th, 2012
3:46 pm

“I wouldn’t hold my breathe that he would leave $20M and one of the best franchises in team sports for the Hawks.”

Just depends on if Dwight wants to win a championship. I don’t think L.A. is a championship-caliber team this year, no way they will be championship-caliber next year and the year after that they have to try to lure free agents with the cap room from Kobe’s expiring deal.

Kobe, Nash and Gasol are old. I don’t think L.A. wins a championship during the Dwight Howard era.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 13th, 2012
3:59 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)
November 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

Is it possible to get an article on Kenny Atkinson? Who does he work with in practices? He helped Lin in NY

WeBurn

November 13th, 2012
4:00 pm

Even with Rose out, Teague has to go through Deron Williams (who is overrated) and Rondo. Still he has decent chances.

Astro Joe

November 13th, 2012
4:13 pm

Buddy, the Lakers have the means and the will to spend $20M-$30M over the luxury threshold. It isn’t about this particular group of players it is about a demonstrated record (and resources) to consistenly build championship-level rosters. A player who wants to win a championship would pick the Hawks over the Lakers and the Buss Family? Really?

Buddy Grizzard

November 13th, 2012
4:19 pm

“Still he has decent chances.”

Especially if Devin misses time and we see what Teague can do with 35 mpg.

Astro Joe

November 13th, 2012
4:22 pm

Rondo, Deron Williams, Kyrie Irving, Jrue Holiday and Brandon Jennings.

And it is very rare that a player who produces All-Star numbers for the first time in his career is rewarded with an ALl-Star selection in that same year. Lastly, a .500 team very rarely gets 2 All-Stars, so would they choose Teague over Josh or Al?

Speaking of Holiday… 76ers got rid of their best player and their leading scorer and haven’t had their new leading man play a single minute this season. And yet, they are holding their own so far. I’m not certain it will continue but Collins is doing a great job with that squad.

Buddy Grizzard

November 13th, 2012
4:26 pm

Astro, the problem is that the Lakers have backed themselves into a bad cap situation. Sure, the Buss family will spend whatever it takes. The problem is they have players who are not producing at a championship level clogging up the books for the next 2-3 seasons. Yes, they will have a ton of cap space in 2014/15, even if they re-sign Dwight. But there’s no guarantees that they will get another superstar to pair with Dwight. And in the meantime they’ve got two more years of Pau, two more years of Blake, THREE more years of Nash who is already braking down, two more years of Peace, two more years of CHRIS freaking DUHON and two more years of rapidly declining Kobe Bryant. What moves do you see them making before 2014/15? Or do you think this is a championship roster for the next two seasons?

Buddy Grizzard

November 13th, 2012
4:28 pm

“Lastly, a .500 team very rarely gets 2 All-Stars, so would they choose Teague over Josh or Al?”

The Hawks have gone .500 against a schedule that included three teams projected to finish top 4 in their conference. The Hawks face one playoff team in their next 8 games. Do you really think the Hawks are going to be a .500 team 8 games from now?

Rod from College Park

November 13th, 2012
4:30 pm

“Especially if Devin misses time and we see what Teague can do with 35 mpg.”

With our coach you won’t see more minutes for Teague, you will see an increase in minutes for Lou Williams at the point, which is a no no.

O'Brien

November 13th, 2012
4:31 pm

FTPB,

Also, keep in mind that LeBron signed with the Heat, who play in Florida…which is tax exempt. So alot of the money leBron left on the table will be made up by paying less taxes.

And leaving money on the table to team up with D-Wade and Bosh is different than leaving money on the table to go team up with Josh Smith and Anthony Morrow.

vava74

November 13th, 2012
4:36 pm

Rod from College Park
November 13th, 2012
4:30 pm

Co-sign and already enraged what we will see…

vava74

November 13th, 2012
4:37 pm

Ken Strickland

November 13th, 2012
4:48 pm

SLIMJR-Do you think Josh would have been able to made those excellent passes to Al for assists if Al hadn’t put himself in excellent position to receive them and converted the baskets? They both made what turned out to be gm winning plays, and it’s downright foolish of you to embellish one without recognizing the contributions of the other. Just food for thought.

Korver can’t create his own shot, never forces a shot and seldom takes a shot with a hand in his face. He’s at his best when coming off picks, pulling up on fast breaks, or taking uncontested shots. We’ve seen Morrow make a number of contested shots, but we haven’t seen him come off screens for his shots. If Korver didn’t have plays designed for him to come off picks, he’d probably stand around as much as anyone.

In fact, when the ball is thrown into the post, everyone stands around, because Drew’s OFF doesn’t send cutters through the lane. Once the season started and we were informed of Petro’s back problems, we haven’t heard a word about him since.

Astro Joe

November 13th, 2012
4:53 pm

Buddy, what does 8 games from now have to do with selecting All-Stars? Is that the arbitrary date for just the Hawks or for all 15 Eastern Conference teams?

Astro Joe

November 13th, 2012
4:59 pm

Buddy, I think in the next 2-3 seasons, the Lakers will advance much farther than a non-luxury tax paying Atlanta Hawks team. And remember, this whole discussion is about Dwight wanting to play for a championship. IMO, the one and only way Howard leaves for the Hawks is if he wants to play at home and in front of his family. But to my knowledge, there hasn’t been a single player who joined the Hawks because they wanted to win a title. And frankly, I don’t that that will happen between now and August, 2013.

O'Brien

November 13th, 2012
5:32 pm

I may have missed it, but who are the Hawks captain(s)? is it Al and Josh? Were they selected by LD, or the other players?

Buddy Grizzard

November 13th, 2012
5:58 pm

“what does 8 games from now have to do with selecting All-Stars?”

8 games from now, the Hawks won’t be a .500 team.

terrell

November 13th, 2012
6:15 pm

All Star ballot already? Wtf?

Rev in Tampa

November 13th, 2012
6:16 pm

Will the Hawks go 5-0 over the next few games? They are playing only bottom-feeders.

terrell

November 13th, 2012
6:21 pm

All star games = best time to watch a movie.

Spyro

November 13th, 2012
6:25 pm

Teague could make it if he keeps up this level of play and gets a few more minutes thrown his way. Five guards made the team last year. (Wade, JJ, Rondo, D-Will, Rose) Rose and JJ are definitely out, but Irving will take one of their spots. That leaves that fifth spot wide open for a battle between Lowry, Teague, and probably Ray Allen.

As of right now, Lowry wins that spot.

tyger

November 13th, 2012
6:50 pm

10 observations…

1. LD is a great coach, no support, mismatched roster, he just wins…
2. Two years consecutive, his teams take on his personality…heroic underdogs…
3. Smoove is out of sync…re-evaluate in two weeks…

4. Horford not MAX, undersized, but has heart, smarts, consistency of champion!
5. LMA tried to mop floor w him, he hung tough, won war, if not battle…
6. Warming to Teague, he’s coachable, improving, dishing, stealing, hitting shots…

7. Is LD’s rehab of Korver limitingl Morrow???….
8. Never underestimate the number of players being showcased..3,4,7…
9. Seems LD is practicing some ole’ school NBA pecking order…seniority first…

10. Doubt Ferry forsaw LD screwing up his lotto pick…

3 PG – Teague, Harris, Wiliams
4 SG – Stevenson, Korver, Morrow, Jenkins
0 SF
4 PF – Horford, Smith, Tolliver, Johnson, Scot
1 C – Pachulia

keith

November 13th, 2012
6:58 pm

Have a feeling that when all is said and done, Lou Williams may be the only allstar on this team.

Thunda_hawk

November 13th, 2012
7:39 pm

Teague is the best player on the team! He should be playing 38 minutes a game and if he were his numbers would definitely be allstar caliber

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 13th, 2012
7:44 pm

FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD FIRE LD

lewis

November 13th, 2012
7:59 pm

Buddy Grizzard
November 13th, 2012
4:19 pm

“Still he has decent chances.”

Especially if Devin misses time and we see what Teague can do with 35 mpg.

And co-sign rod at 4:30

I can’t believe TEAGUE is getting rookie treatment years later – does Collins treat Jrue that way? – Teague leading guard’s in fg%, can get his own shot, get to the rim, his assists are up, his aggressiveness is up, his 3 pt shooting is up

Anonymous Hawks Fan

November 13th, 2012
8:14 pm

A lot of people are saying Josh will never live up to his potential until he stops hanging out on the perimeter, shooting long jumpers. Trouble is, Josh is in the final year of his contract, so none of the Hawks’ coaching staff wants to criticize him because they think it might scare him off. They feel like they need to keep him in ATL because Dwight Howard is also in the final year of his contract, and the Hawks’ best chance of landing D12 in free agency is to have his close friend J-Smoove lobbying him to come join. So it’s a catch-22.
I think there might be around this, though, if they play it from the right psychological angle.
Step one would be Danny Ferry giving Larry Drew an ultimatum: If he can’t reel Josh in, he’ll be replaced by someone who will. This gives LD the motivation to finally hold Josh accountable, without feeling like he’s the bad guy for doing so.
Step two is immediately benching Josh the instant he starts straying away from the paint. Josh won’t like this, obviously, but LD can play dumb and explain it to him as “I’ve noticed you start straying away from the paint when you’re tired. I don’t want you tired; I need you fresh. So I’m giving you a break to catch your breath.” Even if this explanation isn’t true, it allows both Josh and LD to save face, which is critical. And even if Josh insists that he’s not tired, LD can still play dumb and say that although he commends Josh’s fire, he still needs him to sit for a while until he’s less tired. After a few games of this, Josh will start to get the picture and hopefully things will shape up. (And if he really presses LD on why this is happening, LD can tell him about management’s ultimatum and Josh will feel obliged to help protect his coach’s job by playing smarter.)
Alternatively, he could just show Josh this Reddit post (and the two articles it links to):
http://redd.it/zkof7
I don’t know anyone who works at Philips Arena, though, so one of you guys will have to print all this out and anonymously slip it under Ferry’s door, haha.

High-sider

November 13th, 2012
8:17 pm

High-sider

November 13th, 2012
8:24 pm

The Hawks are currently in the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference Standings. Unless the Hawks drastically improve in the standings and someone on the Hawks’ roster improves his individual statistics significantly (e.g., points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, etc.), I don’t see a Hawks’ player making the 2012-2013 All-Star Team.

High-sider

November 13th, 2012
8:31 pm

blog monster

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
8:54 pm

Ken, thanks for the food but I did not have enough time to state the obvious about AL.

“Without the initiator all bets are off” -Slimjr-

Besides this Blog has been a love fest for Allstar AL. I know one small voice in this Gigantic wilderness will not make an impact for Josh positives, but I’m sure as heck gonna try…

I cherish rooting for the underdog to show the masses he told you so….

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
8:57 pm

Romnesia runs rampant around these [parts]………….

drmaryb.(""_*).

November 13th, 2012
9:02 pm

Premature Ejaculation!

“There is no uptempo in this years offense. 81 shot attempts per game. Last year? 81 shot attempts per game.” – Just Joe -
______________

Hey Just Joe, are you really going to levy 6 games versus 82 games? Hold your load, young fella … build up a head of steam first. Don’t be a Minute-Man. lol

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
9:04 pm

doc: just a reminder, The Saints exposed the Falcons on both sides of the line of scrimmage..You keep losing in the trench on both sides of the ball, it will be 0-4 in 8-9 weeks…
Can u imagine how pissed off the Fanatics will be?

Oh the Humanity!

We have seen this B4? Hmmmmm

Rod from College Park

November 13th, 2012
9:13 pm

“Besides this Blog has been a love fest for Allstar AL. I know one small voice in this Gigantic wilderness will not make an impact for Josh positives, but I’m sure as heck gonna try…”

Totally agree. Either it’s a lovefest, or nobody ever says anything about him like LD.

drmaryb.(""_*).

November 13th, 2012
9:17 pm

Burnt Offerings!

slimjr, ‘Turner the Burner” has blown out two tires on the rear end of his whip. That dude aint leaving no skid marks no where. lol!

keith

November 13th, 2012
9:20 pm

3-3 record is pretty good considering the massive overhaul we had in the off season. It is great to see this team play with confidence. OUR OFFENSE NEEDS TO RUN THROUGH OUR CENTER, LD..

Jae Evolution

November 13th, 2012
9:22 pm

Too bad John Wall isn’t a FA this summer, that dude is as good as gone from DC.

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

drmaryb, is good to see you back in da HOUSE!!!!! Hehehehehehehehehehe

Turner is being unmercifully raked over the coals by Fans all over town..
You cant run when your O-line consistently leaves two defenders unblock..

Najeh Davenpoop

November 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

I wouldn’t be so quick to count West Coast games in the win column. Just because Sacramento sucks and Golden State has a history of sucking doesn’t mean they are automatic wins. Let’s not forget that the Warriors came into Philips and beat the Hawks last year.

I doubt the Hawks get more than one All Star, and my money would be on Josh since there was a pretty significant media backlash to him getting snubbed last year. Teague could ball out of his mind but the politics of All Star selection will keep him behind Deron Williams and Rondo (one of whom will be voted in as a starter) ahead of him for the time being.

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
9:27 pm

This team should be 5-1..I agree with Ken its a better team than most believe..

Ld has cost them two defeats[Houston][Miami] already…

Larry: is the weakest link

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
9:31 pm

Its Josh turn to become an Allstar. He certainly has the most potential to make it so..The other guy?

That Train has already left the station…

Melvin

November 13th, 2012
10:01 pm

Waived Tolliver. Sign K-Mart and Pietrus or Damion…..

Astro Joe

November 13th, 2012
10:05 pm

A middling team like the Hawks could only get 2 All-Stars if one is voted in by the fans. Coaches won’t sit there and choose 2 Hawks out of 7 or 8 players they will select. Teague is playing very well and that should suffice. IMO, he isn’t a top 3-4 PG in the conference (or having a top 3-4 PG season after a whopping 2 weeks). IMO, the only “politics” is related to TV coverage and which teams can gain enough mind-share of the casual fans that they vote for a player based on name recognition (aided by frequent national TV games) alone. And that isn’t politics… that is how you run a business to maximize television revenue potential.

Buddy, IMO, the Hawks will be a .500 team. They will enjoy winning 5 of 8 for one stretch and will lose 5 of 8 in the next stretch. IMO, they are a middling team in transition.

Jae Evolution

November 13th, 2012
10:05 pm

Royce White is having a fallout with the Rockets, could probably get him for cheap to fill the SF role.

Also watching this Willie Cauley-Stein on Kentucky 7 footer who has good hands good size and an athlete, interesting prospect to watch.

Melvin

November 13th, 2012
10:19 pm

LOL at Astro taking small swipes at Teague…. Astro, I still remember the Teague not getting playing time debate b/c he wasn’t showing enough in practice or whatever the lame reason was… Let Teague play..

Astro Joe

November 13th, 2012
10:23 pm

LOL at Melvin, not challenging anything I said tonight but something I said 2 years ago. Stay current, dude.

Jae, Royce White is dealing with some significant emotional issues that aren’t likely to change based on the team uniform. I hope it works out for him because his story could be a great inspiration to many.

Slimjr

November 13th, 2012
10:27 pm

Are you kidding me?

Woody does it again? Another beatdown by double digits tonight?

[5-0] Hey, where’s that lawn chair and can you recommend a good book? lol

Melvin

November 13th, 2012
10:42 pm

Astro,

We must know our past in order to move forward….lol

Melvin

November 13th, 2012
10:43 pm

Please break-up the Knicks before Slimjr lose his mind…lol