We make a jump into 100-1 land together with the Atlanta Hawks–one doesn’t feel big enough.
Ahead of Al Horford went down with (another) torn pectoral final year, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, looking like the third-best team from the East. After losing its very best player, the year with a 22-31 mark closed out.
Of course, since the East was the East, the Hawks made the playoffs.
Horford is looking fine in preseason play and healthy with. Additionally, Paul Millsap is currently playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains among the league’s least talents and Thabo Sefolosha is now in town to deliver some perimeter defense that is stifling.
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 four.
At the very least, they will jack a lot of threes (only the Houston Rockets attempted more in 2013-14) and also take care of the ball (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio was second best in the East). That’s a recipe for success.
Do not sleep on the Hawks.
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