Well the Hawks put together a little winning streak and suddenly became the first team in the east to get 20 wins. So let's get to this weeks rankings.
John Schuhmann of NBA.com puts the Hawks at No. 5.
The Hawks' six-game winning streak has been fueled by their bench. Their starting lineup has been outscored by 11 points during the streak, butthey're plus-72 with at least two reserves in the game, with Dennis Schroder and Mike Scott combining to average 24.7 points on 57 percent shooting (16-for-31 from 3-point range). Tiago Splitter has helped the defense, but suffered a calf strain in Saturday's win over the Knicks.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com manages to put throw in an #EventheHawks as he moves them up to No. 6.
The current fuss over the Falcons is understandable after what they just did to Steph Curry's Carolina Panthers. Just don't forget about the #EvenTheHawks, who have quietly won six games in a row -- good for the longest active winning streak in the league -- while also climbing back up to No. 5 in Offensive Efficiency.
Jeremy Woo of SI.com moves the Hawks up to No. 7.
The Hawks have won six in a row, became the third-fastest team to 20 wins, and are right back into the mix. Moving Kent Bazemore back into the starting lineup has helped key that run: he’s averaging a decent 12.9 points in that span, but what's more telling is that they’re 15–5 with him as a starter.
USAtoday.com moves the Hawks up to No. 6 this week with a very easy question.
Do they have things turned around?
Kurt Helin of NBCsports.com moves Atlanta to the No. 5 spot but notices the tough road games this upcoming week.
Winners of six in a row, and it’s come because of their depth and ability to match up with different teams and lineups. Their starters have been just okay. Tough tests this week on the road: Indiana, Houston, and New York.
Finally, Matt Moore of CBSsports.com lets us know he doesn't like the future of the team, but at least notices how good they have been recently and moves them up to No. 5.
Wait, where did these guys come from? In 11 days they went from 14-12 to 20-12 and back into the 2-seed. They even have a few quality wins in there. Atlanta's piecing things together. I'm not overly enthused with their long-term prospects, but in a flailing league, the Hawks are taking advantage at the right time after a bumpy first month.
That does it for the ranking this week. As always leave your thoughts in the comments below.