To make the postseason seems like an achievement, considering they lost their best player not even halfway through when Al Horford went down. Yep, being in the playoffs at 38-44 doesn't seem right or fair, but the Hawks are there, for a seventh straight season.
Kind of hard to argue for a higher grade given the team's record. When you watch them you know that when healthy they are a much better team than their record suggests but at the end of the day the results are what they are. Over the course of the season Young gave the Hawks a C+ for the first quarter, a B- at midseason and a C- for the third quarter.
Atlanta looked like they were just starting to put things together when Al Horford was lost on December 26. Atlanta hung in there for a month without Horford before a string of more injuries to their frontcourt derailed their season. Atlanta lost 14 of 15 in February and March and followed up a brief five game win streak with six more straight losses.
The Hawks finished strong in April going 6-3 with wins over Indiana, Brooklyn and Miami to hold off the Knicks for the last playoff spot in the conference.
Exit Question: What grade would you give the Atlanta Hawks on their regular season?