Atlanta's one of those small-market teams that tends to fly under the radar, but the Hawks should be a contender once again this year.
Atlanta finished last year's shortened regular season with an overall record of 40-26, earning a No. 5 seed in the 2012 NBA playoffs. Unfortunately for the Hawks, they were defeated by Boston in the first round.
The Hawks have made some nice offseason moves so far, including trading away overpaid sharpshooter Joe Johnson and adding talented point guard Devin Harris. Most recently, they acquired Kyle Korver from the Chicago Bulls. The small forward should greatly improve Atlanta's perimeter shooting, as he averages an impressive 43 percent from behind the three-point line.
According to Slam Online, Hawks forward Josh Smith is excited about the direction his team is headed:
"Since I’ve been in the league, I’ve always been about winning. I want to one day be able to play for a ring. I want to give myself the opportunity to do that. With a good GM like Danny Ferry and everybody else, I think this organization is heading in a positive direction."
Prediction: 42 wins, 40 losses