NBA Power Rankings (Nov. 16) Atlanta Hawks Swoop Into Top Spot

November 16th, 2009 by Taylor Smith Leave a reply »
Two losses apiece for the Celtics and Lakers this past week have opened the door for other teams to seize the top spots in the rankings.

The team that overtook everyone was...the Atlanta Hawks?

Indeed, it was.


1. Atlanta Hawks (8-2, Last Week: 8)

We thought the Hawks might be better coming into the season, but this much better?

Atlanta has roared to the top of the Eastern Conference, already with wins over Portland, Denver, and Boston.

They certainly look like they're for real.


2. Phoenix Suns (9-2, Last Week: 2)

It seemed like none of the Suns played well in a blowout loss to the Lakers last Thursday night.

However, due to LA's struggles since that game, the Suns stay in the No. 2 spot.


3. Cleveland Cavaliers (7-3, Last Week: 12)

Since their 0-2 start, the Cavs have won seven of eight, including impressive back-to-back road wins against Orlando and Miami last week.

LeBron is the league's best player right now, and it isn't even really close.

The King is averaging 27.5 points, 7.2 reb ...

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