We make a jump into 100-1 land with the Atlanta Hawks–one I am not scared to say does not feel enough.
Ahead of Al Horford went with (another) torn pectoral final year, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, looking like the third-best group from the East. After dropping its best player, the year with a 22-31 mark shut out.
Of course, because the East was the East, the Hawks made the playoffs.
Horford is looking just nice in preseason play and healthy . Additionally, Paul Millsap is currently playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains among the league’s least talents and Thabo Sefolosha is presently in town to deliver some perimeter defense that is stifling.
Nobody is saying that the Hawks are a bunch of world-beaters, but they feel just like postseason locks. And they might very well finish one of the conference’s top .
In the minimum, they’ll jack a lot of threes (just the Houston Rockets attempted more in 2013-14) and look after the chunk (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio was second best at the East). That’s a recipe for success.
Don’t sleep on the Hawks.
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