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--G Jeff Teague is getting a special tutor this season in the form of former Knicks player development coach Kenny Atkinson, who is noted for being the coach that worked exclusively with Jeremy Lin last season during rise to fame in New York. Atkinson comes from Mike Woodson's staff, the former Hawks coach having inherited Atkinson from Mike D'Antoni when he took over that job. But Teague has never had a full-time tutor before and needs someone who can help smooth out whatever rough edges are still on his game going into his third season in the league.

--C Al Horford still has not heard any definitive word that he's not part of the exodus of players this summer. All signs point to him and Josh Smith being part of the nucleus going forward. But the All-Star center isn't exactly being treated like the franchise player he is and the one his camp believes he should be treated like. Danny Ferry, however, operates in the Spurs mold of no-one-man-above-the-organization. And that means Horford and Smith will be subject to the same dealings as anyone else on the roster, which is a clear departure from the way the Hawks have done business in recent years.

--G Lou Williams has been an instant smash off the court for the Hawks -- the former Atlanta schoolboy star still has a huge following around the city where he rose to fame. Williams has been one of the most requested players on the roster for appearances and community events, his local name recognition and rising star in the league conspiring for the perfect marketing storm for an organization with lots of repair work to do with the hometown fans after years of leaving with an indifferent feeling about the team. Image is going to be everything for the Hawks until Danny Ferry's reconstructed team takes the floor and Larry Drew is able to actually coach all of these new faces. So in the meantime, someone familiar is the most reliable when courting the fan base.


--G John Jenkins (6-4, Vanderbilt, first round, No. 17) is a shooter deluxe who rivals Jamal Crawford as the Hawks' best threat from distance in the last five seasons. He should be an immediate contributor.

--F Mike Scott (6-8, Virginia, second round, No. 43) served as the offensive catalyst and lone force for a Virginia team that could barely function without him. He has injury issues (foot) that could be a concern.


--C Zaza Pachulia (foot) missed the end of the regular season and the entire postseason.

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