CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 06: Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks guides his team to a 102-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
No they don't ultimately mean much but they are fun to talk about. The NBA season is now in full swing and that means that the latest additions of weekly power rankings have also begun. With the season just 10 games old, the Atlanta Hawks are a popular pick in the polls this week after impressing writers with victories over Miami and Chicago and coming within an whisper of defeating them twice each.
|4.||Atlanta Hawks||6-3||W: MIA, CHA, CHI; L: CHI, MIA||Peachtree Hoops|
|Wins over Miami and Chicago in the same week? Don't act like you're not impressed.|
Atlanta earns a No. 6 ranking in Marc Stein's ESPN.com Power Rankings just narrowly missing out on the top 5. The Hawks trail the Heat, Bulls and Thunder in addition to the Nuggets and the Trail Blazers.
As soon as you figure out the Hawks, let us know. In a roller-coaster week, they looked like defensive juggernauts in monster wins over Miami (in Miami) and Chicago ... and at other times like a dude out of the D-League (Ivan Johnson) was their best player.
NBA.com writer John Schuhmann gives the Hawks their lowest ranking of the week moving them up two spots to No. 9 in NBA.com's weekly Power Rankings.
Pace: 91.8 (24), Off: 102.4 (11), Def: 95.3 (6)
Just nine games into the season, it's already clear that the Hawks will repeat as the Jekyll and Hyde Team of the Year. The last nine days were a roller coaster, but the highs (wins over Miami and Chicago) have been better than the lows (the loss in Houston and the triple-OT loss to the short-handed Heat).