The Atlanta Hawks just win and as a result they have ascended to the top of most power rankings around the internet. Atlanta just completed a perfect four-game road trip that was capped off by back-to-back wins over Toronto and Chicago. The media, and the rest of the league, is taking notice.
An undefeated week allows the Atlanta Hawks to leapfrog the Golden State Warriors in Drew Garrison's Power Rankings for SB Nation.
The Hawks displace the Warriors after adding to their NBA-best 12-game winning streak with back-to-back road victories in Toronto and Chicago. Everything is clicking. Kyle Korver's on track, shooting over 50 percent from the field and beyond the arc while shooting 92 percent from the free-throw line. He currently leads the league in points per scoring possession (minimum 200 possessions) by a wide margin, per Synergy Sports Technology
Atlanta holds on to the top spot in John Schuhmann's rankings for NBA.com
Already in January, the Hawks have won without Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap, won without Kyle Korver and Al Horford, beat the next three teams in the Eastern Conference standings, beat the next hottest team in the East, and beat three of the top six teams in the West. With no more questions to be answered, they're home for nine of their next 10 games.
The Hawks are also the top team for another week in Marc Stein's rankings for ESPN.com
You won't find a Hawk in the NBA's top 30 in points per game or minutes per game. They supposedly still need a real rim protector, but who else would you put here when the Hawks are 26-2 since Thanksgiving ... and assisting on a league-high 70 percent of their made baskets during that stretch?
CBSSports.com's Matt Moore also moves the Hawks into the top spot of his rankings. (Have you spotted the trend here?)
Think of all the things that you have done in your life since six days before Thanksgiving. Now realize that during that stretch of time, the Hawks have lost three games. Three. Oh, and since Dec. 1, they're the best defensive team in the league per possession. JUGGERHAWKS.
Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears also places the Hawks at No. 1 this week.
The Hawks leapfrogged the Warriors to take over the No. 1 spot thanks to their 12-game winning streak and victories in 26 of their past 28 games.
The Hawks also check in at No. 1 in Kurt Helin's rankings over at ProBasketballTalk.com
Winners of 12 in a row and that includes a gauntlet of the other best teams in the NBA - several of those wins with at least one of their stars Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Question is how many of them the coaches put on the All-Star team.
USAToday.com ranks the Hawks at No. 2 as they jump over the Memphis Grizzlies who are third.
Mike Budenholzer's system works, meaning personnel decisions should continue to be based on it.