The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Indiana Pacers 110-91 Wednesday night and clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference. That means that Mike Budenholzer and his staff will be headed to New York to coach the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.
Budenholzer has guided his team to a 35-8 record so far this season and leads the East by six games over the Washington Wizards. He's the first Hawks coach to lead the Eastern Conference since the Lenny Wilkens during the 93-94 season.
"It's a credit to our players, our front office and our entire organization," said Budenholzer in a statement released by the team. "I really feel strongly about our assistant coaches; I think they do an amazing job," Budenholzer said. "It's a great honor but it's our players that put us in this position. It's the players that deserve the credit."
The Hawks should be well represented at the 2015 All-Star Game. In addition to Budenholzer and his staff, Kyle Korver has accepted an invitation to participate in the three-point shootout. Pero Antic and Dennis Schröder are candidates to play in the revamped Rising Stars Challenge. Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Korver have drawn mention as possible candidates to be selected by the coach's to participate in the All-Star Game.