So apparently the Hawks have been doing very good recently, so much so that dare I say some of the nations writers are giving the team respect. The Hawks have only managed to lose two games since Thanksgiving and look to be one of the contending teams in the East. Let that sink in because I am loving this ride that I am on. Anyway let's get onto the rankings because I know you want to see what the various websites think of our Atlanta Hawks.
First off, John Schuhmann of NBA.com keeps the Hawks at #4
The Hawks' magical, 14-1, Thanksgiving-to-Christmas run came to an end once their Elves on the Shelf went back to the North Pole. They actually shot worse in Saturday's win in Milwaukee than they did in Friday's loss at home (to the same team), but grabbed a season-high 17 offensive boards. They rank last in offensive rebounding percentage.
Matt Moore of CBSsports.com keeps the Hawks in the top 10 but drops the team to #6.
This team would have been No. 2 but just when the hype was getting started, they were crushed by Milwaukee in their own house. They responded the next night in a road victory vs. the same Bucks, and their defense was best in the league in December. Atlanta's looking really good.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports moves the Hawks to #7 and makes and adds an interesting name to the owner search.
Atlanta’s new ownership search is going very slowly, a source said. Keep an eye on a bid from ex-NBA player Grant Hill, who tried to buy the Clippers.
Kurt Helin of NBCsports.com moves the Hawks up to #6 and says that we will be tested this week.....as if the team hasn't been tested already.
They are 15-2 in their last 17 and that includes wins over the Clippers, Mavericks, Rockets, Bulls and Cavaliers. Good test against Portland this week, but the Hawks are showing they are legit.
USAToday.com makes a bold prediction of Al Horford and moves the team up a spot to #6.
Turn Al Horford into a three-point shooter. It's happening, whether this season or next.
Matt Dollinger of SI.com keeps the Hawks at #7 and thinks that....well he is very supportive of Dennis.
Dennis Schroder continues to be critically underplayed, with the Hawks a perfect 10-0 when he plays at least 20 minutes. Atlanta also went 4-0 with him as a starter when Jeff Teague was sidelined with a hamstring injury. With Teague back, Schroder has played 19 and six minutes, respectively, in his last two games.
Finally, Marc Stein of ESPN.com puts the Hawks at #4 and makes an observation of the team history that may upset some of the older fans.
Only one game left in a 13-2 December that has triggered the best 30-game start in Hawks history since a 23-7 launch in 1993-94. (That's the season Atlanta, just 10 days into a certain someone's L.A. Daily News beat-writing career, dealt the iconic Dominique Wilkins to the Clips for Danny Manning.)
Well that does it for the ranking this week. The Hawks have improved in just about all of the rankings and are finally getting some respect. There is still room for improvement and these next couple of games will really define the team. Anyway let me know what you guys think of the ranking in the comments below.