The schedule has slowly started to let up for the Atlanta Hawks at least in regards to the number of games played. Thabo Sefolosha looks to be putting his mark on being in the starting lineup and slowly we are starting to see what the bench could look like. Mike Muscala has done a good job so far and Kent Bazemore has done an admirable job filling in as a starter. One can hope that the Hawks can get past the blown late leads and start to make a move up the standings. Before I get too carried away, let's take a look at this week's ranking roundup.
John Schuhmann of NBA.com starts things off with putting the Hawks at No. 8.
The Hawks have alternated wins and losses for their last 10 games, and Jeff Teague had some late-game highs and lows last week. He beat three different Thunder defenders off the dribble for layups in an 8-0 run down the stretch on Monday, but was outscored by Kyle Lowry, 22-4, in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. After playing the most games through November (20), Atlanta is in the middle of a four-day break.
Next, Marc Stein of ESPN.com keeps the Hawks at No. 11 in his latest ranking.
You'll need League Pass to do so, but drop in on Hawks at Thunder on Thursday night to catch a true contrast in styles. Atlanta hasn't had a 30-point scorer in more than a year since Paul Millsap got there early last season. OKC, by contrast, has seen 51 30-point games in that same span, (mostly) courtesy of Westbrook and Durant.
Jeremy Woo of SI.com moves the Hawks to No. 9 this week.
Paul Millsap’s quietly in midst of the best season of his career, posting career-high marks in points (18.2), rebounds (9.5), assists (3.5), steals (1.9) and blocks (1.2). He’s one of the league’s most uniquely-skilled players and has been Atlanta’s rock during an inconsistent campaign to date.
Matt Moore of CBSsports.com drops the Hawks to No. 12 and wonders why Dennis has gotten so bad.
Dennis Schr?der really wants to start. He could "start" by shooting better than 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. Get it? Start? He could ... anyway, the Hawks are really uneven but they haven't lost to a bad team in weeks.
Finally, Kurt Helin of Nbcsports.com makes mention of Paul Millsap while moving them up to No. 8.
Paul Millsap has been phenomenal this season — 18.2 points and 9.5 boards a game, efficient true shooting percentage of 57.2%, and a PER of 23.4 (the kind of number usually seen with lock All-Stars and a guy mentioned but not really in the MVP conversation). He’s stepped it up this season.
Hopefully the Hawks can take advantage of the break and look to move up in the standings since they are not that far out. As always leave your thoughts in the comments.