After a tough couple of losses on the road, the Hawks managed to salvage a win at home. The Hawks currently have a 3-3 record and face some criticism due to close nature of some of these losses. Let's take a look at where the writers around the nation ranked our Hawks in this weeks power rankings.
Drew Garrison of SBNation.com drops the Hawks to #21.
The Hawks have a 2-3 record, but they've had a rough schedule early on. Losses to the Raptors, Spurs and a double-overtime loss to the Hornets don't look terrible, but Atlanta hasn't exactly been playing great ball either. Just the usual middle of the pack stuff from the Hawks.
Kurt Helin of NBCsports.com also drops the Hawks to #21 and also gives compliments to the players.
You know the game plan every team has for the Hawks includes the line "don’t help off Kyle Korver at the arc" yet he gets open and is shooting a ridiculous 61.3 percent from three to start the season. Also, young German point guard Dennis Schroder is starting to look like a guy Mike Budenholzer can lean on in the rotation.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com has the Hawks at #18 despite the tough couple of losses.
Kyle Korver is shooting 61.3 percent from deep and Dennis Schroder is starting to play more. For those reasons, I enjoyed watching the Hawks even while they were enduring the misery of a narrow L at San Antonio, followed by the double-OT defeat in Charlotte in far more crushing fashion.
John Schumann of NBA.com moves the Hawks up to #18 and has taken a liking to the young guy Schröder.
Shelvin Mack was a reliable back-up point guard last season, but a slow start this year gave Dennis Schroder a chance last week. The 21 year old proceeded to tie his career high with 10 points in Friday's loss in Charlotte and surpass it with 11 in Saturday's win over New York. He dunked on Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard and is 7-for-8 in the restricted area.
Marc J Spears of Yahoo Sports has the Hawks at #20 and takes mention of the lack of playing time from the rookie.
Rookie forward Adrien Payne, the 15th pick in this year’s draft, has yet to play this season because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Matt Dollinger of SI.com drops the Hawks to #22 and at the same time marvels at the shooting of Kyle Korver.
After lighting up the Knicks for six three-pointers in nine attempts, Kyle Korver is shooting 61.3 percent (19-of-31) from three-point range. He's connected on 38.9 percent (7-for-18) of his twos.
And finally, Matt Moore of CBSsports.com has the Hawks at #19.
They're kind of good, right? Or at least they're not bad? So that's something to put on a bumper sticker.
That does it for the power rankings for this week. The Hawks seem to have taken a fall across and look to move back up in the rankings after a tough road trip. Anyway let me know of your thoughts and where you would put the Hawks.