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Previous Rank: 11
Injuries: Maurice Evans, Pape Sy
The Hawks are currently the only team in the Eastern Conference with a perfect record.
They started the season on the road, and they trounced the Grizzlies by a 15-point margin. Their next two games were much closer, as they narrowly edged out the 76ers on the road and the Wizards in their home opener.
The Hawks grossly overpaid for Joe Johnson, who has been a bit of a mixed bag early in the season. He's averaging 23 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, but he's also averaging 4.0 turnovers. The turnovers are a bit uncharacteristic, as he's generally had at least a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio for the majority of his career.
Mike Bibby has seen a resurgence, as he's playing far better than he did last season. Zaza Pachulia joins Bibby as a productive surprise early in the season.
Josh Smith has had a slow start on offense, but the defense has been there. Smith is averaging 4.3 blocks in his first three outings, and it's only a matter of time before his offense begins to fire on all cylinders.
Al Horford posted a dud in the Hawks' first game of the season with only two points and seven rebounds. However, in the next two games, Horford bounced back by averaging 20.5 points and 11 rebounds. He was rewarded over the weekend with a five-year, $60 million contract.
The Hawks are probably looking at a fourth or fifth seed in the Eastern Conference where they're most likely to be matched up with the Chicago Bulls. Their narrow wins over the 76ers and Wizards sure aren't a vote of confidence, but their record speaks for itself right now.
W (119-104) - Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies
W (104-101) - Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers
W (99-95) - Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards
Tue., Nov. 2 at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:00 pm ET
Wed., Nov. 3 vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:00 pm ET
Fri., Nov. 5 at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8:00 pm ET
Sun., Nov. 7 vs. Phoenix Suns, 5:00 pm ET