We make a jump into 100-1 territory together with the Atlanta Hawks–one I am not afraid to say does not feel nearly large enough.
Before Al Horford went down with (another) torn pectoral last year, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, appearing like the third-best team in the East. Atlanta closed the year out with a 22-31 mark after dropping its best player.
Of course, because the East was the East, the Hawks still made the playoffs.
Horford is healthy and looking just fine in preseason play, this year with. Plus, Paul Millsap is currently playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains among the league’s least valued talents and Thabo Sefolosha is now in town to bring a few perimeter protection that is stifling.
Nobody is saying that the Hawks are a bunch of world-beaters, but they feel like postseason locks. And they might well finish one of the conference’s top .
In the very least, they’ll jack a ton of threes (just the Houston Rockets attempted more in 2013-14) and look after the ball (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio had been second best at the East). That is a recipe for success.
Don’t sleep on the Hawks.
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