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Not all sixth-seeds are created equal.
As has become commonplace recently, the Atlanta Hawks appear to be a middle-of-the-pack playoff team heading in the 2013-14 season. This is a place they frequented over the past several seasons of the Josh Smith and Joe Johnson era.
In the past, a playoff berth in the East was Atlanta’s floor. As long as they had Joe, Josh, and Al Horford, the Hawks were a safe bet to play postseason basketball. This construction was passed off as a blueprint for success and, in a sense, the team was as competitive as anything that had ever been put out on the court in the ATL. The Joe Johnson era Hawks were capable of the occasional burst of inspiration, but were largely an upper-middle class squad designed for an annual first- or second-round exit each spring.
Though it might be hard to distinguish between past seasons and the Hawks’ current course, Danny Ferry is following a radically different path. Continue Reading…