Hawks' starting five claim Player of the Month award for January
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks' starting quintet earned the rarest of honors on Wednesday, with the entire group capturing the NBA's "Eastern Conference Player Of The Month."
On the heels of a perfect January -- the first 17-0 month in NBA history -- the Hawks (40-9, 1st in the Eastern Conference) enjoyed an amazing victory margin of 11.9 points per game during that span, with all five starters averaging at least 12.3 points.
The foursome of Paul Millsap (18.3 ppg in January), Al Horford (17.1 ppg), Jeff Teague (16.6 ppg) and Kyle Korver (13.4 ppg) started in 16 games for January; and DeMarre Carroll (12.3 ppg) started in all 14 of his outings for the month.
Going further, Millsap led the Hawks in rebounding for January (8.0 per game), Teague led the club in assists (8.5 per game) and steals (1.81 per game), Horford finished first in blocks (1.38 bpg) and Korver was Atlanta's leader in three-point percentage (56.7).
Wednesday's individual award comes just six days after three Hawks -- Horford, Millsap, Teague -- made the East squad for the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 15 (New York City), a high-end group that will be coached by the Hawks' Mike Budenholzer.