2015–16 Atlanta Hawks season

Last updated
2015–16   Atlanta Hawks season
Head coach Mike Budenholzer
Owner(s) Tony Ressler
Arena Philips Arena
Record4834 (.585)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Southeast)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Cavaliers 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports South
Radio 92.9 FM "The Game"
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The 2015–16 Atlanta Hawks season was the 66th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the 48th in Atlanta.

The 2015–16 NBA season was the 70th season of the National Basketball Association. The regular season began on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls, with their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 2016 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February 14, 2016. The regular season ended on April 13, 2016. The playoffs started on April 16, 2016 and ended with the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016, with the Cleveland Cavaliers becoming NBA Champions for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Golden State Warriors in seven games.

Atlanta Hawks American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia

The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team plays its home games at State Farm Arena.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America; composed of 30 teams. It is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.


In the off-season, the Hawks introduced a new logo and uniforms for the season.

In the regular season, the Hawks came 12 games short of tying their franchise-best 60–22 record from their previous season. They defeated the Boston Celtics in the opening round, but were swept in four games by the LeBron James-led and eventual NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the Semifinals, who had also swept them in last season's Eastern Conference Finals as well as the 2009 Eastern Conference Semi Finals.

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Also, this season was the end of the Al Horford era in Atlanta, as he joined the Celtics during the following offseason.

Key dates

2015 NBA draft

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Barclays Center Arena in New York, United States

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Draft picks

RoundPickPlayerPositionNationalitySchool/Club team
115 Kelly Oubre Jr. SF Flag of the United States.svg United States Kansas
250 Marcus Eriksson SG Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Barcelona
259 Dimitrios Agravanis PF Flag of Greece.svg Greece Olympiacos


2015–16 Atlanta Hawks roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G 24 Bazemore, Kent 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)201 lb (91 kg)1989–07–01 Old Dominion
G 10 Hardaway Jr., Tim 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)205 lb (93 kg)1992–03–16 Michigan
G 12 Hinrich, Kirk 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)190 lb (86 kg)1981–01–02 Kansas
F/C 15 Horford, Al  (C)6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)245 lb (111 kg)1986–06–03 Florida
F/C 43 Humphries, Kris 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)235 lb (107 kg)1985–02–06 Minnesota
G/F 26 Korver, Kyle 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)212 lb (96 kg)1981–03–17 Creighton
F 4 Millsap, Paul  (C)6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)246 lb (112 kg)1985–02–10 Louisiana Tech
F/C 31 Muscala, Mike 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)240 lb (109 kg)1991–07–01 Bucknell
G/F 13 Patterson, Lamar 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)225 lb (102 kg)1991–08–12 Pittsburgh
G 17 Schröder, Dennis 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)172 lb (78 kg)1993–09–15 Germany
F 32 Scott, Mike 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)237 lb (108 kg)1988–07–16 Virginia
G/F 25 Sefolosha, Thabo 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)220 lb (100 kg)1984–05–02 Switzerland
C 11 Splitter, Tiago 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)245 lb (111 kg)1985–01–01 Brazil
C 22 Tavares, Walter 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)260 lb (118 kg)1992–03–22 Cape Verde
G 0 Teague, Jeff  (C)6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)186 lb (84 kg)1988–06–10 Wake Forest
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Kenny Atkinson American basketball coach

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Darvin Ham American basketball player

Darvin Ham is an American retired professional basketball player and is currently working as the top assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played eight seasons in the NBA from 1996 to 2005 and later for the Philippine Basketball Association and NBA Development League until 2008.

Charles Lee, is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. A 6'3" guard from Bucknell University, he has spent most of his professional career in Israel and Europe. Charles (Chuckles) is married to his college sweetheart Lindsey Lee. She also played basketball at Bucknell.

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Last transaction: 2016–04–21

Game log


2015 pre-season game log
Total: 4–3 (Home: 1–2; Road: 3–1)
2015–16 season schedule


Southeast Division WLPCTGBHomeRoadDivGP
yMiami Heat 4834.5850.028–1320–2110–682
xAtlanta Hawks 4834.5850.027–1421–208–882
xCharlotte Hornets 4834.5850.030–1118–238–882
Washington Wizards 4141.5007.022–1919–2210–682
Orlando Magic 3547.42713.023–1812–294–1282
Eastern Conference
1cCleveland Cavaliers *5725.69582
2yToronto Raptors *5626.6831.082
3yMiami Heat *4834.5859.082
4xAtlanta Hawks 4834.5859.082
5xBoston Celtics 4834.5859.082
6xCharlotte Hornets 4834.5859.082
7xIndiana Pacers 4537.54912.082
8xDetroit Pistons 4438.53713.082
9 Chicago Bulls 4240.51215.082
10 Washington Wizards 4141.50016.082
11 Orlando Magic 3547.42722.082
12 Milwaukee Bucks 3349.40224.082
13 New York Knicks 3250.39025.082
14 Brooklyn Nets 2161.25636.082
15 Philadelphia 76ers 1072.12247.082

Regular season game log

2015–16 game log
Total: 48–34 (Home: 27–14; Road: 21–20)
2015–16 season schedule


Game log

2016 playoff game log
Total: 4–6 (Home: 3–2; Road: 1–4)
2016 playoff schedule

Player statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG  Points per game

Regular season

Kent Bazemore 756827.8.441.357.8105.
Tim Hardaway Jr. 51116.9.430.338.8901.
Kirk Hinrich *1106.
Justin Holiday *26110.1.329.222.5041.
Al Horford 828232.1.505.344.8027.
Kris Humphries *21014.0.465.258.7103.
Kyle Korver 808030.0.435.399.8303.
Shelvin Mack *2407.5.421.148.750.
Paul Millsap 818132.7.470.319.7609.
Mike Muscala 6009.4.500.308.7902.
Lamar Patterson 35011.3.350.245.7301.
Dennis Schröder 80620.3.421.322.7902.
Mike Scott 75015.3.468.392.7902.
Thabo Sefolosha 751123.4.505.339.6304.
Tiago Splitter 36216.1.523.000.8103.
Walter Tavares 1106.6.579.000.3801.
Jeff Teague 797828.5.439.400.8402.



Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via free agency

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June 25, 2015To Atlanta Hawks
Tim Hardaway Jr. (from New York)
Two future second-round picks (from Washington)
To New York Knicks
Draft rights to Jerian Grant (from Washington)
To Washington Wizards
Draft rights to Kelly Oubre, Jr. (from Atlanta)
July 9, 2015To Atlanta Hawks
Tiago Splitter
To San Antonio Spurs
Rights to Georgios Printezis
Future second-round pick
February 18, 2015To Atlanta Hawks
Kirk Hinrich (from Chicago)
To Chicago Bulls
Justin Holiday (from Atlanta)
2018 second-round pick (from Utah)
To Utah Jazz
Shelvin Mack (from Atlanta)

Free agents


PlayerSignedFormer Team
Paul Millsap [1] Signed 3-year contract worth $59 MillionAtlanta Hawks


PlayerSignedFormer team
Walter Tavares [2] Signed 3-year contract worth $3 Million Flag of Spain.svg Gran Canaria (DP)
Justin Holiday [3] Signed 2-year worth $2 Million Golden State Warriors
Lamar Patterson [4] Signed 1-year contract worth $1.5 million Flag of Turkey.svg Tofaş (DP)
Terran Petteway [5] *Signed 2-year contract worth $1.4 million Nebraska
Jason Richardson [6] *Signed 1-year contract worth $1.5 million Philadelphia 76ers
DeQuan Jones [7] *Training Camp Flag of Italy.svg Pallacanestro Cantù
Édgar Sosa [8] *Training Camp Flag of Italy.svg Dinamo Sassari
Earl Barron [9] *Training Camp Phoenix Suns
Arsalan Kazemi [10] *Training Camp Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chongqing Soaring Dragons
Kris Humphries [11] Signed 1-year contract worth $388 thousand Phoenix Suns
* = Did not make 15-man roster


PlayerReason leftNew team
Pero Antić [12] Signed a 2-year contract Flag of Turkey.svg Fenerbahçe
DeMarre Carroll [13] Signed 4-year contract worth $58 million Toronto Raptors
Austin Daye [14] Waived Cleveland Cavaliers
John Jenkins [15] Signed 3-year contract worth $3.2 million Dallas Mavericks
Elton Brand Retired / Unretired Philadelphia 76ers
Jason Richardson Retired due to injuriesN/A

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