We make a jump one does not feel nearly 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 in the East. Atlanta shut out the year with a 22-31 mark after dropping its best player.
Of course, because the East was the East, the Hawks still made the playoffs.
This year, Horford is healthy and looking just fine in preseason playwith. Plus, Paul Millsap is playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains one of the league’s least talents and Thabo Sefolosha is presently in town to deliver some perimeter defense that is stifling.
Nobody is saying that the Hawks are a lot of world-beaters, but they feel just like postseason locks. And they may very well finish among the conference’s top .
In the very least, they’ll jack a ton of threes (only the Houston Rockets attempted more in 2013-14) and also take care of the chunk (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio had been second best in the East). That is a recipe for success.
Don’t sleep on the Hawks.
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