Atlanta Hawks: 100-1
We make a big jump into 100-1 territory with the Atlanta Hawks–one I’m not scared to state doesn’t feel big enough.
Before Al Horford went with (another) torn pectoral final season, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, looking like the third-best team in the East. The year with a 22-31 mark shut out after dropping its best player.
Obviously, since the East was the East, the Hawks still made the playoffs.
Horford is healthy and looking just fine in preseason play, this season with. Plus, Paul Millsap is playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains among the league’s least appreciated talents and Thabo Sefolosha is now in town to deliver some perimeter protection.
Nobody’s saying that the Hawks are a lot of world-beaters, however they feel like postseason locks. And they might well finish one of the conference’s top four.
In the minimum, they’ll jack a ton of threes (only the Houston Rockets tried more in 2013-14) and look after the ball (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio was second best in the East). That is a recipe for success.
Do not sleep on the Hawks.
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