We make a big jump one does not feel large enough.
Ahead of Al Horford went with (another) torn pectoral final season, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, appearing like the third-best team from the East. The year with a 22-31 mark shut out after losing its very best player.
Obviously, because the East was the East, the Hawks made the playoffs.
This season, Horford is looking and healthy just fine in preseason playwith. Plus, Paul Millsap is currently playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains one of the least talents of the league and Thabo Sefolosha is now in town to bring a few stifling perimeter protection.
Nobody’s saying that the Hawks are a lot of world-beaters, but they feel just like postseason locks. And they may very well finish one of the conference’s top .
At the very least, they’ll jack a ton of threes (only the Houston Rockets tried more in 2013-14) and also look after the chunk (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio had been next best in the East). That’s a recipe for success.
Do not sleep on the Hawks.
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