One of the more surprising developments during the 2014/15 campaign was the rise of the Atlanta Hawks. The franchise went from the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed in the 2014 NBA playoffs to the No. 1 team in the conference this past season. Quite an impressive leap, even in the underwhelming East. The team’s core took a hit this Summer when DeMarre Carroll departed for Toronto via free agency, but re-signing Paul Millsap certainly helped ease the sting a bit from that loss. Atlanta did acquire Tim Hardaway Jr. from the Knicks in a draft night deal to help fill Carroll’s minutes at small forward, but not many would argue that the team improved itself as a result of that change.
So here’s our question of the day for you: What are your predictions for the Hawks’ record/playoff seeding this season?
Were the Hawks just a one-season surprise in their success? A number of teams in the conference have improved themselves this offseason, be it through signings, trades, or coaching changes, and it’s questionable as to whether or not Atlanta kept pace. Who out there among you believes that the Hawks will emerge from the 2015/16 regular season scrum atop the standings? If not, then how far do you predict the Hawks will slide in the conference or even the Southeast Division? If you’re on the fence about the team’s chances, then jump in and tell us what move(s) the franchise needs to make before the season tips off to satisfy you as a fan. We look forward to what you have to say…
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