Horford averaged 17.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg and 1.1 spg last season. He shot 54 percent from the field. That's an awesome season, although his free-throw percentage sunk to 64 percent. Horford is one of the league's most-skilled big men, but doesn't get mentioned a lot in that conversation. With Millsap in town, Horford will get more help on the interior.
Korver was a starter for most of last season and, logically, his scoring improved. He averaged 10.9 ppg, which was his highest output since the 2006-07 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. Korver's not out there to blow by people. He's there to shoot three-pointers. He made 45 percent of them last season.
BACKCOURT: Teague signed an offer sheet with the Bucks to reunite with coach Drew. The Hawks matched and it was a solid decision. Last season, Teague improved to 14.6 ppg, 7.2 apg and 1.5 spg. He's a sensational free-throw shooter and average three-point shooter.
Williams is coming back after an ACL tear in January. His timetable for return is unknown, other than Ferry and Budenholzer both noting they will let him take his time, an idea Williams doesn't seem interested in following.
"Every time they tell me to work out with a basketball I work out as if I wasn't hurt, like I normally would if I wasn't hurt," Williams said at Media Day. "So I don't think my issue is really going to be mental, it will be more what can I endure physically."
BENCH: Brand is a veteran hand who is more than capable of being the big man off the bench. That's where his career is at the moment.
The rest of the second unit is virtually untested, with the exception of Carroll, who showed some flashes with the Utah Jazz and was worth a look.
COACHING: Anyone that comes from Popovich's regime should get a worthwhile look as a head coach. Budenholzer spent 17 years as an assistant in San Antonio. He turned down several head coaching opportunities over the years to stay with the Spurs.
The DUI arrest was a horrible first impression for Budenholzer, but he was mum on the subject.
After waiting this long for the top gig, Budenholzer has some time to make his mark. Ferry targeted him from the beginning and while Atlanta isn't in a total rebuild, the expectations should be fairly low for Budenholzer in his first season.
OUTLOOK: Yes, expectations are low for the Hawks. They are nowhere near the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference.
But, Atlanta leads the pack in the next wave. Losing Smith was a blow, but he could wear on coaches and teammates. Replacing him with Millsap should be relatively seamless as Millsap is not a boat-rocker.
The Hawks should extend their consecutive playoff appearance streak to seven. Making the second round would be a shock, but Atlanta is an above .500 team. It's starting five is very strong and very tough and Budenholzer will be fine in the lead chair.