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2012 NBA Standings: Hawks among Eastern Conference elite

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The Atlanta Hawks are in third place in the Eastern Conference and just one game behind the first place New York Knicks.

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We are just over a month into the NBA season but the Atlanta Hawks find themselves in surprising territory just a game out of first place in the Eastern Conference. I say surprising because many major media outlets dismissed the Hawks in much the same way they have done in recent seasons. After all the Hawks ushered out the Joe Johnson era this past summer and replaced him with plenty of new faces most of whom are in the final years of their contracts.

Despite the new faces, Larry Drew has made it work and while some may bag on Atlanta's schedule, wins over Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers and now the Memphis Grizzlies suggest that this team is for real. Its a long season and many things can happen. There is plenty of time for things to go south but right now it is hard to imagine much more of a better start for this club.

Here is a look at the full Eastern Conference Standings:


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
New York Knicks 19 14-5 .737
Miami Heat 18 13-5 .722
Atlanta Hawks 17 12-5 .706
Chicago Bulls 19 11-8 .579
Brooklyn Nets 18 11-7 .611
Philadelphia 76ers 20 11-9 .550
Boston Celtics 20 11-9 .550
Milwaukee Bucks 18 9-9 .500
Indiana Pacers 20 10-10 .500
Charlotte Bobcats 19 7-12 .368
Orlando Magic 19 7-12 .368
Detroit Pistons 22 7-15 .318
Toronto Raptors 20 4-16 .200
Cleveland Cavaliers 21 4-17 .190
Washington Wizards 17 2-15 .118