Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
The Atlanta Hawks' bench will have an almost entirely new group of rotation players this year.
In 2012, the end of Atlanta's bench had names like Anthony Tolliver, DeShawn Stevenson, Ivan Johnson, Dahntay Jones and Johan Petro. All of them are gone now, relics of the Hawks' past.
This year brings with it quite a few new reserves.
No. 14: Shelvin Mack
Mack maintains his position at No. 14 in the power rankings. He returns for what will hopefully be his first full season in Atlanta. He figures to be the third option on the depth chart at point guard, playing beyond both Jeff Teague and rookie Dennis Schröder.
No. 13: Jared Cunningham
Still ranked 13th, Cunningham's position on the team remains minimal. Should the Hawks reach training camp without signing another viable option for small forward, Kyle Korver may see some minutes at the 3 this year. If that happens, he could see more than the three minutes of action that he got in only eight games with Dallas last year.
No. 12: Gustavo Ayon
The 6'10" backup forward-center joins the Hawks as extra big, adding depth to what used to be a very short frontcourt rotation. With Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Elton Brand poised to take most of the minutes, he will likely have a limited role this year.
No. 11: DeMarre Carroll
Carroll drops one spot in the rankings, as the extent of his role with the team remains unknown.
He joins the Hawks after four years of bouncing around the league. Until GM Danny Ferry finds another small forward—or unless Coach Mike Budenholzer opts to play Korver there—the starting job may fall to him. Last year, he averaged only six points and less than three rebounds—while shooting threes at a dismal 28.6-percent—in almost 17 minutes per game.
His numbers indicate that he would be better suited as a bench player—a likely reason the Hawks continue pursuing other options for the position.
No. 10: Pero Antic
The Hawks surprised many fans with this addition to the team. The 6'11" big man adds toughness and more offensive versatility. His ability to shoot from the perimeter will make him a threat in the pick-and-roll when coming off the bench.