Are the Atlanta Hawks the Team of the Future?

January 27th, 2015 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

The Atlanta Hawks' rise to prominence has been one of the biggest stories of the 2014-15 NBA season thus far, with the previously ground-bound birds soaring all the way to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. 

Sixteen wins in a row. Double-digit leads in each game during that unbeaten stretch. Two losses in a 32-contest stretch. Seven games of leeway between Atlanta and the rest of the NBA's weaker half. Eleven consecutive victories over Western Conference squads. 

The numbers associated with this Hawks team are just ridiculous.

Behind an unselfish offense that features plenty of ball movement and a cohesive defensive unit, Atlanta has gone on a blitzkrieg in 2015, and it all feels quite sustainable. In fact, according to TeamRtng+, which looks at adjusted offensive and defensive ratings and is explained in more detail here, the Hawks have not only played like one of the best teams in 2014-15, but are currently on pace to be the No. 58 squad throughout all of NBA history.

Mike Budenholzer, the head coach of the Hawks and possible front-runner for Coach of the Year as we near the ...

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