We make a major jump one doesn’t feel large enough.
Ahead of Al Horford went down with (another) torn pectoral last season, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, looking like the third-best group from the East. The year with a 22-31 mark closed out after dropping its very best player.
Of course, because the East was the East, the Hawks made the playoffs.
Horford is looking just nice in preseason play and healthy, this season . Plus, 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 bring a few perimeter protection that is stifling.
Nobody is saying the Hawks are a bunch of world-beaters, however they feel just like postseason locks. And they might finish one of the conference’s top four.
In the very least, they’ll jack a lot of threes (just the Houston Rockets attempted more in 2013-14) and take care of the chunk (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio had been second best at the East). That’s a recipe for success.
Don’t sleep on the Hawks.
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