Well fellow Hawks fans, it has been a long summer but the season is finally here. And back by popular demand we have the weekly power ranking round up. So without taking anymore space, let's get started. First up on our list, Matt Moore of CBSSports.com put the Hawks surprisingly high at #13.
They are relying on a lot of young guys but they really only need one to step up and they have a great nine-man rotation.
The Hawks didn't get any of the top free-agent prizes, but they snagged Paul Millsap at an absolute bargain to replace the hole left by Josh Smith. Millsap and Al Horford form an excellent frontcourt, while Jeff Teague returns on an affordable deal. Kyle Korver is back to provide elite shooting, so the Hawks should be in good shape to secure one of the final playoff spots in the East.
Suspect that I'm far more excited about Dennis Schroeder's first NBA game taking place on Dirk Nowitzki's floor -- just like Dirk debuted on Detlef Schrempf's -- than your average Hawks fan. Also suspect we'll be talking far more about Hawks trade scenarios than Hawks basketball this season.
Al Horford is now the face of the Hawks with Josh Smith gone. Horford is also the only remaining player from the 2006-07 team that began a six-year playoff streak. Expect a lot of empty seats in Atlanta.
Two truths were revealed this summer: Paul Millsap has a bad agent and Danny Ferry is starting to fix the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks' good-enough blueprint remains for now, but Ferry has opened up future flexibility for something more than just a first-round