Alright Hawks fans, let's just act like the game against the Spurs didn't happen. I won't mention it if you don't mention it to me. Hopefully the writers in the ranking roundup can follow this rule as we take a look at where the Hawk are ranked this week.
First on our list is John Schumann of NBA.com putting the Hawks at No. 11.
The Hawks' offense was a thing of beauty last season, but has been rather mediocre this year, scoring just 101 points per 100 possessions as they've gone 6-9 over the last 4 1/2 weeks. The starting lineup has been generally sharp in that time, but they've scored a paltry 93.9 in 244 minutes with Kyle Korver off the floor. Dennis Schroder's journey to being a starting point guard somewhere has hit a road block.
Next Marc Stein of ESPN.com also moves the Hawks to No. 12.
December is when last season's Hawks took off, posting a 14-2 record to seize control of the East. Paul Millsap is the only player in the entire league averaging at least 18.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG and 3.0 APG, but a near four-point dip in offensive efficiency as a team -- as well as Atlanta's rebounding woes (29th in rebound rate) are taking a toll.
It appears the Matt Moore of CBSsports.com continues the trend and puts the Hawks at No. 12
They've lost three of their last five, but they're fine. You know what the Hawks are? They're a turkey sandwich. Both have good ingredients with the right amount of condiments. Yet you're never like "Oh, no, a turkey sandwich sounds terrible!" You also are very rarely like "Man, all I want in this world is a turkey sandwich." Both are just pretty good.
USAToday.com puts the Hawks at...yes you guessed it No. 12
Pupil just can't do anything against teacher
Kurt Helin of NBCsports.com questions the Hawks bench and....YES THEY ALSO PUT US AT 12!!!
There is no silver bullet as to why this team isn’t off to the fast start we saw last season, the Hawks are just a little bit worse across the board on both ends of the floor. Their bench has struggled in recent weeks, which has been part of the reason they are 5-5 in their last 10 and are tied for the eighth spot in the West as of Monday AM.
And finally, Jeremy Woo of SI.com breaks the trend and puts the Hawks at No. 13.
A blowout loss to the Spurs at home raises some concerns, and though it feels like we know who the Hawks are, they aren’t winning 60 games again. As the conference improved around them, they’ve slipped into a competitive pack, and with Miami, Boston and Orlando on the docket, Atlanta can point things back in the right direction.
Hopefully, this is the week where we will see the Hawks move back up in the rankings and in the standings. As always let me know your thoughts.