On Thursday afternoon, the NBA announced its first, second and third All-NBA teams for the 2015-2016 season. To the surprise of few, the Atlanta Hawks were not represented within the 15 players recognized with inclusion. However, both Paul Millsap and Al Horford were honored in the voting, to the point where the duo represented the "first runner-up" at the forward and center positions, respectively.
Millsap received 84 voting points, finishing seventh overall among forwards and ahead of players like Anthony Davis. The six forwards landing ahead of Millsap were LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard (1st team), Kevin Durant and Draymond Green (2nd team) and Paul George and LaMarcus Aldridge (3rd team).
In the case of Horford, the long-time Hawks big man finished fourth in the voting at center with 76 voting points, including two first-team votes. The three centers ahead of Horford were DeAndre Jordan (1st team), DeMarcus Cousins (2nd team) and Andre Drummond (3rd team), with Horford landing behind only James Harden, Anthony Davis and Millsap among players that did fall within the three All-NBA teams.
There is certainly an argument for Millsap (ahead of Aldridge, for instance) and Horford to receive more recognition, but more than a handful of voters thought it best to include the two Atlanta Hawks on their ballots and that should be noted. Stay tuned.