The Atlanta Hawks hold steady at the No. 11 position in this week's SB Nation NBA Power Rankings. Among Eastern Conference teams Atlanta trails Miami (No. 2), Boston (No.3), Chicago (No. 4), and Orlando (No. 6). The Western conference has six teams in this week's top 10 with San Antonio holding onto the top spot.
Here are the comments on the Hawks:
11. Atlanta Hawks (30-18, Prev: #11) -- Atlanta's offense has become a start-and-stop affair, as Jamal Crawford has replaced Joe Johnson as the team's designated bricklayer. Crawford is shooting just 38 percent in his last 10 games.
More rankings after the jump:
Pace: 92.5 (24), Off: 104.6 (14), Def: 102.9 (12)
Joe Johnson is starting to earn that contract (at least more than he was before), scoring 26-plus in nine of the Hawks' 13 games in January. Perhaps he should have shot more than Josh Smith in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Smith was 1-for-6 (0-for-3 from 3-point range) in a fourth quarter that the Hawks lost 34-15.
Joe Johnson couldn't be giving them more than he has in January: 26.0 ppg on 50.4 percent shooting. Who out there, though, sees the Hawks having homecourt advantage in a single round of the playoffs this time?
Seems a little low to me as Stein has Memphis, Portland, and 22-24 Phoenix ranked ahead of Atlanta.