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The Atlanta Hawks are a tough team to assign a rivalry to, partly because since their time began in Atlanta, they have not won an NBA title nor been a part of anything too volatile.
However, this is not to say that Atlanta is irrelevant or not worth talking about. As currently constructed, they are a good team, and their rival is rapidly becoming the Orlando Magic.
Well, for starters, this past postseason, the fifth-seeded Hawks upset the fourth-seeded Magic in the first round, much to the chagrin of Dwight Howard and company. And this is only the beginning.
The current structure of the Eastern Conference means that the Hawks and Magic will always be battling it out to see which can be in the top four. This is not to say the Celtics, Heat and Bulls are guaranteed the top three slots; simply, Orlando and Atlanta are two teams who could be on the outside looking in.
Additionally, this rivalry will only intensify should the Hawks ship Josh Smith to the Magic once this lockout ends. Sure, usually a team would not ship a key player to their rival, but Atlanta wants him out, and the Magic are one of the only serious suitors for the forward.
If Smith does join the Magic, though, Atlanta will look to prove they can perform just as well without him. And let's not forget that Smith's larger-than-life-ego is sure to inflate any existing tension between the two teams.
Yes, the Hawks' greatest rivals are quickly becoming, if they are not already, the Orlando Magic.