Power(ful) Rankings

Monday, November 16, 2009
By Jon Newberry

NBA.com released its weekly Power Rankings this morning and sitting at the top of the list at #1 was the Atlanta Hawks. Unimaginable just a couple years ago, and a stretch even at the start of this season, the ranking is a huge sign of how far this team has come.

Complete NBA.com Rankings and Article

Making the jump from a solid playoff team to a legitimate contender is the toughest one to make, and some might argue that the Hawks have not done enough to warrant a ranking in the top group, much less the top spot. A look at the other teams in the top group and their argument loses steam: Phoenix, Boston, Portland and Denver round out NBA.com’s top-5. Atlanta has beaten the Celtics and Blazers on the road and handled the Nuggets by 25 at the Highlight Factory. It is safe to say that the Hawks have passed their early season tests against other teams in the league that are playing at a high level.

Champions are not crowned in November, but the Hawks don’t appear to be getting full of themselves. They still seem to be operating with a bit of a chip on their shoulder after being left out of all the preseason talk about contenders in the Eastern Conference. The media has been obsessed with the Cavs/Celtics/Magic and their star power, and is just now starting to notice Atlanta.

More tests are on the schedule for the Hawks this week against three of the hotter teams in the league. Portland owns the league’s longest winning streak (6 games), Miami is only a half game behind Atlanta at 7-2, and Houston beat the defending champion Lakers on the road by double digits last night. The good news is that these tests will be taken in the Highlight Factory where the Hawks are 4-0 and are winning by an average of 17.5 points per contest.

It is early, but these early season tests all factor in. The Hawks are gaining confidence, gaining respect and gaining attention around the league.

Update: Hawks also ranked #1 on ESPN.com | Hollinger’s Daily Dime
Update: Hawks ranked #2 on SI.com (behind Suns)

Update: Other Rankings – #1 at Yahoo! – Ball Don’t Lie, #1 at HoopsWorld.com, #1 at BleacherReport.com, #2 at FoxSports.com

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18 Responses to “Power(ful) Rankings”

  1. Mz. Hawkdafied

    Well alrighty then! GO HAWKS, CONTINUE THE RISE, ONE GAME AT A TIME!

    #527
  2. Swingman912

    We can solidify this my beating Portland tonight, and the Heat on Wednesday…….JCraw for Sixth Man of the Year…..So proud of Smoove for staying within himself, and taking quality shots. He’s putting up the numbers he’s been capable of for 5 years. he’s finally got it together……..CHUUUUUUUUUUCH

    #528
  3. atl resource

    Good game good game atl Hawks! thats all i will say, i think we been looking for this for some time now, let’s stay on top of the nba. 1st place all the way hawks it feel to good to be real but it is. good job ATL HAWKS.! Let’s go hawks let’s go!

    #529
  4. 808Hawk

    Where’s all the geniuses that wanted to trade Smoove? Yeah that’s right, silence. He’s only 23 and still learning. It’s scary when you think about it. Also for those people who doubted Jamal on the Hawks, remember we traded him for 2 guys who don’t produce. You still think that was a dumb trade? Mr. Sund, you are a genius. All this without a true big man. I wanna see how we will fare against ORL and CLE. I think we’ll out hustle CLE but ORL will be interesting.

    #530
  5. Mr. Hawk

    We are doing a good job, but it’s time to step it up.

    #531
  6. Mr T

    Go Hawks, it’s good to see everybody playing within themselves and as a team….the coach using his bench and the 2nd team stepping up this is really going to help later in the season….J Crawford was a big move which is really paying off, keep up the hustle Hawks, now for areas of improvement J Johnson still a little to much drippling which freezes everyone else and really messes up the flow other than that we’re doing fine.

    #532
  7. Anonymous Hero/Hawks Guy

    Beautiful….just beautiful, go HAWKS!!! Got a tough schedule ahead, hopefully they can pull off the next few wins. They’ll shoot better against Miami, I guarantee it!!

    #534
  8. hawksfan714

    wow, Joe was JOE “FREAKING” JOHNSON last night.

    #535
  9. atownhawk23

    LETS ROCK THE VOTE!!!

    VOTE FOR THE ALL-STAR(JOE, JOSH, MIKE, AL, JAMAL).

    LET YOUR VOTE AND VOICE COUNT.

    #536
  10. ronnie turner

    the atlanta hawk is going win the nba champion title

    #538
  11. Aaron Anthony

    I feel as if we are watching a threat be born. The Hawks have made continuous progress for the last few seasons and even though it’s early in the season, I think that they have showed the most matured progress this year. If this team stays healthy(depth), continues to play to there strenghts(roles), and Jamal can gives us the spark that flip couldn’t off the bench…then the Eastern Conference should be very afraid…

    Lets go Atlanta!…this is our year.

    #539
  12. B-Ball Fan

    I can’t wait until 12/26/09 when I get to finally watch the hawks play at Indianapolis that night. Driving 5 1/2 Hours 1 way just to catch the hawks in action. Go Hawks !!!!

    #540
  13. Aaron Anthony

    That’s crazy…Im from Chicago but, I’ve lived in Indianapolis for about 3 yrs. I already got some good old courtside tickets to the game on 12/26/2009…Right behind the Hawks…

    #541
  14. Roger Jones

    Good to see my Hawks gettin some luv. i see them winning the east and makin it to the nba finals this year. if we stay healthy and j smoove stay on track its a wrap for the rest of the east. Now all i need to happen is for 790 dazone and 680 da fan to show my boys some love for more than an a update segment. i think the longest each show as talked about the hawks is maybe 1min. well unless one of the players or coach is on then they have no choice. can we do something about that. but wait maybe if the hawks go on a 10game loosing streak then they will get all the headlines. but i dont see that happening. 1luv to my atl hawks , take whats yours.

    #542
  15. TRUHAWK

    Well Done!! The Hawks best team in the league? Welll…. Lost to Lakers but very close for three quarters. Better than Cleveland and Boston. Orlando????

    #543
  16. Anonymous

    Go HAWKS, Just a few years ago, the HAWKS were playing for a play-off bound. Now we are HAWKS the contenders. Good job guys, see you in june for the championship games.

    #544
  17. Joshua Walker

    YES THE HAWKS ARE ON THE ROLE…………… WELL LISTEN EVERYONE I AM A BIG HAWKS FAN BUT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT NO ONE CANT WIN THEM ALL SO IF THE HAWKS LOOSE ONE DONT START TALKING BAD ABOUT THEM ITS JUST A FEW GAMES STAY ON THEIR BANDWAGON NOT JUST CAUSE THEIR WINNING BUT BECAUSE U ARE A REAL HAWKS FAN AND FOR EVERYONE WHO DOUBTED THESE HAWKS I GOT TWO WORDS FOR YA………..!**** **………..BUT SERIOUSLY IF U LOVE THE HAWKS JUST BECAUSE THEY LOOSE A FEW GAMES WE STILL GOING TO THE CONF. FINALS SO BE A TRUE FAN AND STICK WITH THE WHOLE YEAR……….. LETS GO HAWKS…. LETS GO HAWKS…. LETS GO HAWKS……….. SO IF U WITH ME GIVE ME A HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #545
  18. Anonymous Hawks Guy

    I totally agree Josha Walker. A true fan sticks with their team, win or lose! I’ve been a die hard fan even throughout the losing and will continue to be one til the end. LET’S GO HAWKS!!!

    #546