|2014-15 NBA Regular Season|
| ||vs.|| |
|January 11, 2015|
|CSN, WNEW 99.1 FM|
|Projected Starting Lineups|
|Jeff Teague||PG||John Wall|
|Kyle Korver||SG||Bradley Beal|
|DeMarre Carroll||SF||Paul Pierce|
|Al Horford||C||Marcin Gortat|
|2014-15 Advanced Stats|
|94.3 (12th) ||Pace||93.3 (18th)|
|108.1 (10th) ||ORtg||106.1 (15th)|
|102.7 (5th) ||DRtg||103.0 (6th)|
|Also see: Peachtree Hoops|
|OFFENSE FOUR FACTORS||DEFENSE FOUR FACTORS|
|Wizards||51.0% (9)||13.6% (16)||25.2% (15)||19.0% (25)||48.7% (9)||14.0% (11)||77.2% (5)||22.3% (22)|
|Hawks||52.5% (4)||13.8% (18)||20.7% (29)||22.3% (8)||49.0% (10)||14.5% (8)||74.6% (15)||18.5% (2)|
I expected the Atlanta Hawks to be a playoff team, but not as the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference as of today.
One reason why it's "easier" to overlook them in the preseason was because they do not have a superstar (not unlike another team Ted owns). But they have some legitimate All-Star players like Al Horford and Paul Millsap. Jeff Teague is also poised to be an All-Star reserve. And of course, Kyle Korver is a better all around player than most give him credit for because of his reputation as a shooter. Either way, the Hawks are clearly playing better than the sum of their parts.
I still am a firm believer that teams with superstar talents can go further than teams without them, even if those teams have superior coaching. But if the Hawks keep soaring like they are right now, then perhaps they could be another exception to that "superstar" rule, but we're still far away from knowing this for sure.
Well, enough of my rambling, let's get a win against the team that has silently become our number one nemesis in the Southeast Division. We have more talent at the top, but let's get it together and get this.