We make a major jump one I am not afraid to say does not feel nearly big enough.
Ahead of 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. The year with a 22-31 mark closed out after losing its best player.
Obviously, because the East was the East, the Hawks made the playoffs.
Horford is healthy and looking just nice in preseason play, this season with. Additionally, Paul Millsap is playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains one of the league’s least talents and Thabo Sefolosha is now in town to bring some perimeter defense that is stifling.
Nobody is saying the Hawks are a bunch of world-beaters, however they feel like postseason locks. And they might very well finish one of the conference’s top four.
At the very least, they’ll 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 at the East). That’s a recipe for success.
Do not sleep on the Hawks.
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