We make a jump into 100-1 territory with the Atlanta Hawks–one I am not afraid to say doesn’t feel big enough.
Ahead of Al Horford went with (another) torn pectoral last season, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, appearing like the third-best group from the East. Atlanta closed the year with a 22-31 mark out after losing its best player.
Obviously, because the East was the East, the Hawks still made the playoffs.
This season, Horford is looking fine in preseason play and healthy . Plus, Paul Millsap is playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains one of the least talents of the league and Thabo Sefolosha is in town to bring some stifling perimeter protection.
Nobody’s saying that the Hawks are a lot of world-beaters, but they feel like postseason locks. And they might finish one of the conference’s top .
At the very least, they will jack a ton of threes (only the Houston Rockets tried more in 2013-14) and look after the ball (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio had been second best in the East). That is a recipe for success.
Do not sleep on the Hawks.
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