More Success = More Press(ure)

Friday, December 18, 2009
By Jon Newberry

The Hawks continued success keeps turning heads among those who cover the NBA:

HoopsWorld: The ‘Big Three’ has become the ‘Big Four’
NBA TV: Will use Fan Night crew to call Hawks game on Dec. 29
Dime Magazine: Top 5 Coaches this Season (Woodson #1)

Dime’s praise of Woody leads to the next point. Team success should lead to more individual honors. Although no Hawk is on pace to be voted into the starting line-up for the All-Star Game (help change that by voting here) you would have to think Joe is a lock and Smoove is making a strong case to make his first team as well.

As we inch closer to the midway point of the season, we are going to put an early plug in for the conversation starting “Midseason Awards” that appear in many media outlets.

Smoove – Defensive MVP (Leads NBA in blocks, top-25 in steals and rebounds)
Crawford – Sixth Man Award (Top ppg of anyone who hasn’t started a game)
Woody – Coach

At the current pace, all of these seem very realistic. While the increased attention can produce increased pressure, the balance and depth of this year’s team makes them well equiped to handle it.

Note for tonight:
Take away Utah’s trouble against the Timberwolves (they have lost to Minnesota twice this month) and they are one of the hotter teams in the league. They have beaten both Orlando and the Lakers in the past 10 days and won eight of their last 11 games.

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