The Atlanta Hawks were one of many teams in the NBA heading into the 2013-14 season that people were torn on. While some people celebrated the Hawks’ addition of Paul Millsap and considered this team a near lock to make the playoffs this season, others thought that this team was still in a state of rebuilding and would miss Josh Smith this season.
After the first 15 games of the Hawks’ season, though, neither side of that argument has been proven right. Atlanta sits at just 8-7 on the season and, at various times throughout the season have looked like a postseason lock while looking like a lottery team at other points in the young year.
One of the consistent things for the Hawks this season, though, has actually been their inconsistency on the defensive end of the floor. Frankly, the Hawks have been a relatively poor defensive teams at time this season, while they’ve been solid at others. Overall they are allowing just 101.1 points per 100 possessions, but they have also had several questionable outings like they did on Tuesday night.
Against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, the Hawks fell by a score of 109-92, allowing the Magic to shoot over 50 percent from the field, near 37 percent from three, forcing them to commit just 12 turnovers, and while struggling to come up with stops at really any time in the game.
The Hawks have really struggled in terms of defending the screener in the pick-and-roll this season and defending a lot of off-ball action. However, they’ve also looked solid at times as well. While their offense has struggled with inconsistency as well, it’s going to be hard to make an assessment of this team until we find out their true colors defensively. Perhaps this inconsistency is what they are, though. If that’s the case, it’s hard to believe that will bring them much prolonged success this year.