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As already touched on in this piece, the Hawks are in need of defense very badly.
Currently they are ranked 22nd in opponent field-goal percentage (46.0) and 16th in opponent three-point field-goal percentage (36.4).
Offensively they are still in great shape, sitting comfortably in the top 10 for both field-goal percentage and three-point percentage.
However, if they want to remain elite and be seen as a potential title contender, they must seek out more defense both inside and outside.
If they could somehow convince the 8th seeded Memphis Grizzlies to shake things up and take a glance at a Jeff Teague for Mike Conley Jr. deal, this would be a first good step to solving their defensive woes.
Conley Jr. is considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, thanks to his quickness and his ability to read offenses.
To put it simply, Atlanta needs to aggressively seek to add defensive-minded players before the deadline passes.
If they do not want to deal Teague, which is certainly understandable, they have to bring in someone to put next to Millsap in the post.
They have a committed and talented team already, with a front office that is focused on improving their team and not tanking for a draft pick. Adding a few more pieces to the puzzle near the deadline could do wonders for their chances going forward into the later stages of the 2013-2014 regular season and into the playoffs.