We make a jump into 100-1 land with the Atlanta Hawks–one I’m not scared to say doesn’t feel nearly enough.
Ahead of Al Horford went with (another) torn pectoral last season, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, appearing like the third-best team in the East. After losing its very best player, Atlanta closed out the year with a 22-31 mark.
Of course, since the East was the East, the Hawks made the playoffs.
Horford is looking just fine in preseason play and healthy this year with. Additionally, Paul Millsap is currently playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains among the league’s least talents and Thabo Sefolosha is in town to bring some perimeter protection that is stifling.
Nobody’s saying the Hawks are a bunch of world-beaters, however they feel just like postseason locks. And they may well finish among the conference’s top .
At the very least, they will jack a ton of threes (just the Houston Rockets attempted more in 2013-14) and also take care of the chunk (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio was second best in the East). That is a recipe for success.
Do not sleep on the Hawks.
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