New Eastern Conference No. 1 Seed Atlanta Hawks Could Be Here to Stay

January 3rd, 2015 by Jim Cavan Leave a reply »

For all the talk about conference disparity in today’s NBA, you can’t accuse the East of being boring. Bad, perhaps—possibly even historically so. But not boring.

The New Year begins with yet another coup for the lowly Eastern throne, this one orchestrated by the plucky, pass-happy Atlanta Hawks.

To the well-trained eye, Atlanta’s brand of ball—as precise a poetry as you’re liable to find this side of the Mississippi River—isn’t so much different from the ones the San Antonio Spurs guerilla marketed to championship results last season.

Atlanta has a long way to go before mastering The Spurs Way. As a genuine conference contender, however, these Hawks might well be here to stay.

It would certainly be a long time coming: According to, the last time Atlanta held sole possession of first place in the East was December 27, 1997. That streak ended, as so many a usurper's feat did during that era, by the scorching hot hand of one Michael Jeffrey Jordan, per SB Nation's Tom Ziller.

For a team tethered to one of the country ...

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