|2009-10 Team Rating|
|3rd Overall||14th Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
Maybe Josh Powell can show off his championship ring from the Lakers as a way to motivate the Hawks, rudely whisked from the post-season. Otherwise, Atlanta didn't get help at center.
Joe Johnson signed the biggest free agent contract last summer. Let's see if the Hawks still like it in 2 years. By then, maybe rookie Jordan Crawford will be the real deal.
The Hawks went into the off-season hoping to find somebody to help slow down Dwight Howard, if such a person exists. Realistically, they had no shot, especially when Shaq said no.
Jordan Crawford may not have the same impact as Jamal Crawford right away. Hawks chose to ignore the pressing need for someone to press Marvin Williams, the weak link of the starting lineup.
Larry Drew has waited a long time for his shot at the big chair. The Hawks skipped a chance to chase someone with more experience; cost concern?
This is essentially the same team that crumbled in the playoffs, with one exception: Mike Woodson is gone. At least the Hawks can sell themselves in 2010-11 as new and improved, then, to the fans who wanted him gone. Did Woody hold back the development of Jeff Teague? Teague must press Mike Bibby for the starting point guard position, or the Hawks could be vulnerable at that spot once again.
Nothing happened this summer that suggests the Hawks will be appreciably better or ready to swat aside the Celtics, Heat or Magic, their prime competitors.
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|