Atlanta Hawks: 100-1

We make a jump into 100-1 land with the Atlanta Hawks–one I’m not afraid to say does not feel enough.
Ahead of Al Horford went down with (another) torn pectoral last year, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, looking like the third-best group from the East. Atlanta shut the year with a 22-31 mark out after dropping 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. Additionally, Paul Millsap is playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains among the league’s least valued talents and Thabo Sefolosha is presently in town to bring some stifling perimeter defense.
Nobody is saying that the Hawks are a bunch of world-beaters, but they feel like postseason locks. And they might finish one of the conference’s top .
In the very least, they will jack a lot of threes (just the Houston Rockets attempted more in 2013-14) and also take care of the ball (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio had been next best at the East). That is a recipe for success.
Do not sleep on the Hawks.

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