I don't get how the Hawks how are a playoff team?
Other teams have better rosters and Al Horford is their best player.
There were better rosters with better players.
John Wall's Wizards
Kyrie Irving's Cavaliers
Greg Monroe's Pistons
Rajon Rondo's Celtics
OJ Mayo's Bucks
Their depth and the fact that it's the East.
In the West, they'd have little to no shot.
As far as I'm concerned, the last 3 spots are up for grabs between the Cavs, Wizards, Pistons, Raptors, Bucks, and Hawks. The Hawks are not a lock by any means.
the bucks? sorry but i think they're going to be one of the worst, if not the worst, team in the league..
just no on the playoffs for them..
Guards: Brandon Knight, OJ Mayo, Luke Ridnour, Gary Neal, Nate Wolters
Forwards: Caron Butler, Ersan Ilyasova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, John Henson, Ekpe Udoh, Carlos Delfino
Centers: Larry Sanders, John Henson, Ekpe Udoh, Zaza Pachulia
Larry Sanders will compete for DPOY and both he and John Henson will flirt with double doubles and average 5+ blocks per game between them. Udoh's reliable. IIlyasova is a good offensive player, a 3-point threat and decent rebounder. I could see him averaging 16 and 8 but on any given night he could go for 30 and 15. Butler is nothing special at this point in his career. Mayo is likel to average around 18, 4, and 4. We'll see how Knight develops, he clearly has legitimate upside. Ridnour and Neal are both very serviceable, as I suspect Wolters will be as well.
The Bucks may not be experienced or proven but they should be in competition for a playoff spot in the thin eastern conference.
Agree completely, they have a roster with enough young talent mixed with some vets like Butler, and Rdnour to stay in playoff contention. Just enough talent to be mediocre and mis the deep lottery but not enough to actually compete near the top
The last 3 playoff spots are wide open to me. It wouldnt be farfetched to say the hawks make it in but personally I believe these young teams are gonna make a leap forward.
If you think the Bucks is OJ Mayos team then this is crazy.
It's more OJ Mayo's team more than Larry Sanders', Ilyasova's, John Henson's, or Brandon Knight's.
Cavs are locked for a playoff spot, IMO. Some really bad luck and multiple injuries could stop them. they got a very talented team - Kyrie, Waiters, Jarret Jack, Alonzo Gee, Earl Clark, Tristan Thompson, Varejao , Bynum, Tyler Zeller, CJ Miles plus rookies Felix, Bennett(the No1 pick) and Karasev.
Milsap is going to make it easy to forget whats his name.
^^^ Someones still salty about Josh Smith leaving for the pistons....by the way he's not an upgrade over "what his name", but defintely not a downgrade either.
Problem with the cavs is injuries. Varejao, Irving, Bynum all come back from injury riddled seasons. For ATL, they have some experience (making the play-offs the last couple of years), which is something teams like WAS, TOR and heck, even CLE and DET don't have (although they do have some players with play-off experience, having a winning culture the last couple of years seems to help).
Cavs will have a better record than ATL, I'm willing to bet on that. I'm not saying the Hawks are out of the playoffs, just Cleveland are top 6. Imo, Pistons (good players on paper,chemistry issues possible), Wizards (overrated and injury-prone) and Hawks(expirienced but not dep enough, lacking star players are battling for 2 spots. I think Raptors (talented but not deep enough + inexpirienced) and Bucks (a mess of international players + overrated OJ Mayo) are out.
I think Atlanta has a shot at the 8 seed, but I think the Hawks roster better than Milwaukee. To say O.J. Mayo is better than Al Horford is way off base. Horford is one of the most skilled big men in the league, a two time All-Star, and veteran playoff performer. On the other hand, OJ Mayo has only been a good scorer for non-playoff teams, a bench spark for any above 500 team he's been on, and is a career 43% shooter. I don't think there is a single GM in the league that would pick Mayo over Horford.
Wizards and Cavs are a lock if injuries dont stop them.. Then the 8th spot will be between the Pistons, Raptors, Hawks and the Raps.. Maybe the C's will give some fight too.. But the Hawks have little to no chance to get in, im sorry, thats the way I see it
The simple fact the Hawks play in the Eastern conference and not the Western.
Still, anytime someone says a team is a lock for the post-season with three of their best players (maybe their best players) coming off severe injuries (like the Cavs), I'm not to convinced.
I think Larry Sanders is the unquestioned leader of that team...but its not really the personnel that scares me, but Larry Drew is not a coach I'm fearful of if I'm an opposing team
The Hawks could definitely make it. I would pick the Wizards and Cavs over them, but the Pistons' have an odd roster and who knows how the Celtics will do. the Bucks have an outstanding tandem of big men, as well as good depth at the PF/C positions, but they lack good perimeter players. Mayo is not great as a lead scoring option, and when Luke Ridnour is your best PG, your in trouble. Plus, since the Bucks could spiral into tank mode, Brandon Knight may actually get most of the minutes at PG, where he is a liability on offense. Jennings gets criticize a lot for his play in recent years, but he is actually a significantly more efficient offensive player than Knight and a far superior distributor.