The Hawks reloaded in the offseason, but it’s hard to believe they have the firepower to compete in the top-heavy East. With 40/1 NBA odds to win the title, oddsmakers obviously agree. This is your Atlanta Hawks 2010-11 preview.
Atlanta finished third in the Eastern Conference with 53 wins last season, but the team could be surpassed by several improving clubs, including Miami, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Boston. That could mean fighting for a playoff spot this season, and adversity is the last thing the Hawks need with a fragile locker room situation.
Jamal Crawford was rumored to be skipping camp until he was awarded a contract extension, but the guard showed up anyway. The team has refused to open negotiations or even pin a date on extension talks, which is a pretty big slap in the face.
Remember, the Hawks were like a long-time bachelor with no job or dating prospects. Then Crawford — among others — showed up and cleaned his apartment, found him a new career, and provided regular companionship for the first time in a decade. So you can’t blame him/them at all for expecting a long-term commitment in return; they turned Atlanta’s life around.
The problem is, Atlanta isn’t sure if Crawford et al is “the right girl.” Yes, the last few years have been great, especially compared to years past, but can this group really win a championship?
The other key pieces of the team — Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams, and Mike Bibby – are all back. While the Hawks maintained status quo, just about everybody behind them in the East got better. They might have a title run in them but, if the past few years are any indication, fans might have to settle for a first-round playoff victory.
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