Coming into the season, so many teams made big moves in the off season that everyone was convinced were pivotal moves to make them Championship Contenders.
Some of the biggest moves of the off season were:
Cleveland: Brought in Shaq
Boston: Signed Rasheed Wallace
Heat: Signed Jermaine O'Neal
Orlando: Signed Vince Carter
Pistons: Signed Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Ben Wallace
Dallas: Signed Shawn Marion
Spurs: Signed Antonio McDyess
Trailblazers: Signed Andre Miller
Lakers: Signed Ron Artest, and made a deal with Lamar Odom
But it is the young Atlanta Hawks who sit up top with an impressive 84 percent win percentage, and a 11-2 record to start their season, and working on a 7 game winning streak right now.
This young team consisting of Mike Bibby, Joe Smith, Maurice Evans, Jamal Crawford, Al Horford, Marvin Williams, etc. has impressed the world with their start and big wins.
Then the Hawks swept into Portland, taking them down 97-91.
Then Atlanta stepped into Boston, who was claimed the best team in the East, and took out the Celtics 97-86
Hawks had another big win over Portland at home in an OT victory, and took on Dwayne wade and the Heat at home firing them up 105-90.
At the beginning of the season, everyone saw the best of the East being, Boston, Cleveland, and Orlando. And the best of the West being the Lakers, San Antonio, and Denver. (these six teams being the most likely teams to make it to the NBA Finals)
But with he Hawks coming in, and surprising the world, this young team is showing how much focus, and dedication they have. They are ready to take on any team, no matter how good everyone says they are, and fight to the end.
The Atlanta Hawks are no joke. They have the talent, and the focus to keep up their progress. The only thing that can slow them down at this point is an injury. But this team is ready to compete. They are taking it one game at a time, and if they keep it up, they will make it deep into the playoffs.
Looks as though maybe the Hawks should be added into the discussion of who will win the NBA title this year. With Cleveland trying to find a way to make Shaq work, and keep him away from injury, and showing they can defeat Boston still, there is no reason why the Hawks cannot at least win the Eastern Conference Championship.