The Hawks have been criticized that because they are in the weaker conference, they have the best record. If they were in the stronger half of the league, they wouldn’t fare as well. However, that’s not true. According to SportsCenter, as of March 4, 2015, the Hawks have a 17-4 record against Western Conference opponents. It is the best record against West teams. I’d say that they would do fine if they were somehow put into the Western Conference. Per NBA.com, the Hawks are 3rd best in defensive efficiency and 6th in offensive efficiency. Those are elite numbers. And lets not forget about “Playoff Teague.” He was given that nickname for his postseason play. He is known to take over games and turn into an absolute monster during the postseason.
The Hawks are practically a lock to make the Eastern Conference Finals. There is no team other than the Cavs (maybe) that can take Atlanta in a seven game series. All in all, I believe that the Atlanta Hawks are a title contender and people need to stop sleeping on the Hawks.
-Brian Nguyen LRHS