The Atlanta Hawks do not often take center stage during the NBA All-Star Game.
That is set to change on Sunday, as the Hawks lead the way with five representatives in the 2015 edition of the league's midseason spectacle.
The Hawks, unfortunately, do not have a representative in the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference, but head coach Mike Budenholzer has the reins for the entire evening as the man-in-charge. LeBron James, John Wall, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol and Kyle Lowry will have the first action for the East, but in this space, we will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of Atlanta's own quartet of stars.
To be honest, the biggest question mark is whether Budenholzer will deploy his entire group at one time during the game. Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver are both making their first All-Star appearance on Sunday, but even for "old-timers" like Paul Millsap and Al Horford, it would certainly be a sight to see if Coach Bud were to put them all on the floor together, even for one short period of time. The fifth player can be negotiated (how 'bout LeBron?), but the Atlanta faithful would undoubtedly reach heaven if the floor was blanketed by hometown representatives.
As far as the game is concerned, expectations should always be kept low in terms of quality of play, as no one has any particular desire to play defense. There is still plenty to get excited about, however, and for fans of the Atlanta Hawks, the 2015 NBA All-Star Game is a time to watch the best team in the Eastern Conference earn a showcase in front of the entire league.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, February 15, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York