Oh how the tides have turned.

Last season, the Hawks showed promise in the playoffs, but after a first round exit they became an afterthought once again. Fast forward through a summer full of controversy, and you have yourself a team up for sale.

According to Forbes, the Hawks were worth $425 million, with an operating loss of $3.6 million. They also ranked 27th in the league in overall value, and that was an improvement over the season prior. Overall the team was nationally irrelevant, and their value reflected that.

Sitting at 34-8 and atop the Eastern Conference, the 100% sale of the Atlanta Hawks looks much better to potential buyers. Not only is the team on the rise, but so is their national relevance. Five of the last six games have been sell outs, and it appears Atlanta is starting to get behind their team.

With all of that being said, the question of the Hawks’ value still remains. How much will the team sell for? If their new franchise value is any indication, the price tag may soar to the $1 billion mark.

According to Forbes’ new NBA value numbers released on Wednesday, the Hawks are now worth $825 million — $400 million more than last year. They also posted a revenue of $133 million after five straight seasons of losses. Also, the team jumped from 27th to 22nd in overall value.

Citing the new national TV deal as well as their new deal with Fox Sports locally, Forbes indicates that the Hawks jump in value goes along with the entire league’s increasing numbers.

As 100% of the team is set to be sold — and the NBA promising that they stay in Atlanta — the new owners will have to open their wallets acquire the franchise. These aren’t your same old Hawks.

The Korver Conundrum

Jeff Siegel —  January 20, 2015 — 3 Comments

Kyle Korver turns 34 in March, but is having his best season and perhaps one of the greatest shooting seasons in NBA history. Korver has always been a lethal shooter; he shot 53% on threes in 2009-10 in Utah and is a career 43% 3-point shooter, but this is his first season shooting better than 50% overall from the field and he is averaging 2.9 assists per game, matching his career high from a year ago. Coach Budenholzer and the Atlanta coaching staff are relying more and more on Korver to make decisions within the offense and it’s paying off.

Nobody has a chance at the first 50-50-90 season in NBA history without a lot of help from the rest of the team. Running Korver off multiple screens is one of Atlanta’s favorite ways to find him open shots. The Hawks will run a designed play on one side of the court and have Korver come from the weak side off of two or even three screens for a catch and shoot jumper.

 

 

Korver leads the league on catch-and-shoot 3P% at 54% and shoots the fourth-most catch-and-shoot 3s per game, per NBA.com, so this sort of action is a large part of the Atlanta offense.

Korver has mentioned in interviews that he loves to set screens as a way to confuse his defender before running around another screen to get the ball, and he does this to great effect in many of Atlanta’s sets. Continue Reading…

Mike Scott scored on consecutive dives to the basket to put the Hawks ahead 78-72 with 7:50 to play in the fourth quarter after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 3-pointer drew the Pistons within two. Scott’s baskets ignited a 17-6 run capped by Jeff Teague’s 3-point play with 2:28 remaining as Atlanta defeated Detroit 93-82 to run its win streak to 13 games.

Scott opened the fourth with a jumper and a layup as he scored eight consecutive points for Atlanta and eight of the team’s 10 points to open the quarter. Paul Millsap followed Scott’s offensive outburst with a pair of layups and a 17-footer to equal him with a game-high 20 points, adding seven rebounds and two assists. Scott also contributed five rebounds and two steals.

Al Horford added 14 points, six rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block and was a game-best plus-19. Horford was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 21.6 points, eight rebounds and 6.3 assists last week. Continue Reading…

For the second time this season, Al Horford has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Horford played in three of the Hawks’ four games in the week and averaged outstanding numbers: 21.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists on 84.4% shooting. Yes, you read that correctly: EIGHTY-FOUR POINT FOUR PERCENT SHOOTING. Horford had one triple-double and a game where he was perfect (8-for-8) from the field in his three games.

Horford is one of two Hawks to have won the award this season, the other being Jeff Teague who took home the award a few weeks ago.

The Hawks are in the midst of a 12-game winning streak, which they are putting on the line against the Detroit Pistons this afternoon. The Hawks will be without Shelvin Mack, who suffered a calf strain on Saturday against the Bulls. Dennis Schröder will be available after sitting out on Saturday with a minor injury of his own.

Have you ever tried to prove something to your friends? Maybe you had an attractive boyfriend or girlfriend and your friends didn’t believe you, or you had a nice car that you were ready to show off. When you finally get in front of those people, you are usually eager to show off your success in that category.

The Atlanta Hawks are going through that right now.

To say that the Hawks have exceeded expectations would be putting it lightly. Currently, Atlanta sits atop the Eastern Conference at 33-8, and have a comfortable five game lead over second place Washington. Their play has been stellar on both ends of the court, and to say they are the best team in the NBA would not be a stretch.

Though it isn’t a huge gap, the Hawks have played more games on the road than at home. Through 41 games, Atlanta has played 22 on the road as opposed to 19 at home. Also, they hadn’t gained their national exposure until the majority of their games were played on the road.

Through those 22 road games, the Hawks are an astounding 17-5. Last season, they were only able to accumulate 14 wins on the road through 41 games away from Philps Arena. Continue Reading…

This just in: The Atlanta Hawks’ position atop the Eastern Conference, clear of second-place Washington by five full games, is not a fluke. It’s not the result of a scheduling quirk or a run of good luck. It’s not distorted reality resulting from limited sample size. With astonishingly-few exceptions, the Hawks have annihilated everything in front of them for 41 games, half of a full 82-game schedule.

This was my exact thought process after the Hawks beat Chicago Dec. 15 and faced 12 of the next 17 on the road, including 13 games against teams in playoff position:

“If the Hawks can go .500 over this stretch,” I thought, “the team will still be 10 games over .500 and on pace for 50+ wins.”

Instead, the Hawks went 16-1 against the most brutal stretch this season has to offer. I can’t even … Seriously, it’s all downhill from now until the playoffs. Not to say that the second half will be easy and hot teams won’t emerge. But the Hawks will not face a more stern regular-season challenge than what the team faced from Dec. 17 to Jan. 17. Continue Reading…

This Week In The Southeast, the Hawks’ winning streak is up to 12 games in a row, the Wizards have reclaimed the second spot in the East, and Charlotte is still surging. Meanwhile, the state of Florida is just confusing with the Heat bouncing back on a west coast road trip and apparently the Magic are still alive.

Atlanta Hawks, 33-8, 1st in the East, 5-0 this week ATL

Make it 12 straight for the Hawks. Are they currently the best team in the NBA? It’s definitely up for debate with how their defense has shaped up, and the way they beat all the top teams in the East this week. What’s been most impressive about their strong week is not only are the Hawks winning against other conference contenders, but they do so in such a convincing fashion. Atlanta throttled the Wizards by 31 points to start off the week, throttled the Raptors by 23 points, and then beat the Bulls by eight — in Chicago — on a back to back. The Hawks are scary good.

Washington Wizards, 28-13, 2nd in the East, 3-2 this week WAS

The Wizards had a solid week, but two bad losses kept it from being perfect. They had a bad loss at home to Brooklyn, but made up for it with the victory in Brooklyn on a back-to-back. Washington’s bigger problem right now is the Wizards are a tier below the Hawks right now, and there’s nothing to say they have the talent to join them at this moment. Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks have now won 12 straight and as usual they look unstoppable. On Saturday, the Hawks were in control from start to finish, and even though the Bulls were always within striking distance, the game never felt particularly close. Chicago was constantly down nine points, and struggled throughout the game to close that gap.

It was the usual Atlanta offensive strategy involving ball movement, screens, and a barrage of 3-pointers that the Hawks have mastered and tailored into their own style. They’ve s have become so famous for their offense, by this point of the season, that it’s assumed everybody knows about it by now. Well apparently the Bulls missed the memo, because their defensive collapses were very concerning for a team that prides itself on that side of the ball. Chicago just couldn’t keep up with the constant ball movement, and it showed with how often they were slow on rotations. There were multiple times tonight the Hawks found wide open players on the perimeter or in the corner, and frankly is that is inexcusable for a Tom Thibodeau defense.

The worst (best?) of it all was how the Bulls allowed Kyle Korver open look after open look. This is the best shooter in the NBA, currently shooting 52 percent from 3-point range, and he’s getting open looks? It doesn’t matter if the scheme doesn’t fit, after Korver has made his fourth 3-pointer there should be a man on him at all times, but the Bulls never adjusted allowing Atlanta to punish them to the tune of seven triples for Korver. Continue Reading…

The only team at the top of the East that the Hawks were yet to beat were the Toronto Raptors. That finally changed on Friday night.

Al Horford scored a team-best 22 points, scoring on all eight of his field goal attempts, to lead the Hawks past Toronto by a score of 110-89. Paul Millsap also had a big night stuffing the box score, putting up 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks in just 33 minutes. The win extended the Hawks’ overall winning streak to 11 and the team’s winning streak on the road to 11, the latter of which continues to be a franchise best run.

Unlike the first two games on this roadtrip, the Hawks got out to a good start and were able to establish an advantage in the first quarter. After taking a 22-14 lead, the Hawks got a little turnover happy, resulting in a small Raptors run that led to a 24-19 Atlanta lead at the end of the first.

The second quarter is where the Hawks started to show signs that they would pull away with this game. They started off with seven straight points, including a 3 from Thabo Sefolosha, to open up a 12-point lead on Toronto. The Raptors were able to again fight back and make it just a five-point game, but the Hawks closed the half with their super active defense, forcing three turnovers in the final three minutes and hitting five shots from the field in that time to finish the second quarter with a 52-38 lead. Continue Reading…

The Hawks were in Boston for the second half of a back-to-back and the second game in a four games in five nights road trip, and it showed early in this game. Coach Budenholzer once again shuffled the starting lineup and gave some rest to Al Horford and 33-year-old Kyle Korver against a struggling Celtics team, inserting Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap back into the team after their game off in Philadelphia last night. Boston used their youthful energy to grab four offensive rebounds in the first half and the game was tied at 34 midway through the second quarter before the Hawks turned up the defense and pulled away from the turnover-happy Celtics. Millsap and company were perfectly happy to take those turnovers the other way and ended up with 13 steals and 19 fast-break points.

When the Hawks were forced to slow it down in their half-court offense, it wasn’t much harder for them. Without Kyle Korver for the first time all season, there was some worry pregame whether or not the Hawks could execute their offense without his gravity, especially against a scrappy Boston Celtics team featuring some of the better young defensive guards in the league in Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart.

Those fears subsided quickly as the ball continued to whip around the court with the same ferocity it does every night; Atlanta had 23 assists on 36 made field goals, led by Teague’s six. Overall, Atlanta shot 49% from the field, made 10 3s, and thoroughly dominated the Celtics from the second quarter until the end of the game, never letting the Celtics within nine points after halftime. Continue Reading…