2013/2014 Atlanta Hawks Season Preview

2011/2012 Regular Season W/L Record: 40-26
2012/2013 Regular Season W/L Record: 44-38

Additions: Paul Millsap, Elton Brand, Pero Antic, Dennis Schroeder, Gustavo Ayon, DeMarre Carroll

Subtractions: Josh Smith, Zaza Pachulia, DeShawn Stevenson, Devin Harris, Dahntay Jones

If things go well...

This is a good, solid team. They’ll beat up in-division foes Charlotte and Orlando, and should fairly easily best Washington as well. It’s very hard for us to see them finishing lower than sixth in the conference, with the Knicks and Nets being the teams they could move ahead of en route to the fourth seed and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. We’ll say 50-53 wins is a best case, but that could be enough for the fourth seed. They could squeak into the third spot depending on Chicago’s reintroduction to Derrick Rose, but I wouldn’t necessarily count on that.

If things go poorly...

We said that the sixth seed seems to be their destiny, but we feel pretty confident in saying that Atlanta’s worst case still involves them making the postseason. Detroit, Cleveland, and Toronto are the teams that will likely be on the Hawks’ heels, but Atlanta shouldn’t have a problem holding that trio off. They won’t win less than 44-47 games, and I’d say that a seven or eight seed would be as poorly as they’ll finish.

PSD Predicted 2013/2014 W/L Record: 47-35