The Atlanta Hawks enter the 2016 NBA All-Star break with a 31-24 record. What were the positives and negatives about this team heading into the second half?
The Atlanta Hawks had a very competitive first half of the 2015-16 NBA season. While they will not match their franchise record of 60 wins from a year ago, this team could still win over 50 games and have home court advantage in the first round of the 2016 Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Atlanta enters the 2016 NBA All-Star break with a 31-24 record, in fourth place in the Eastern Conference behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Toronto Raptors, and the Boston Celtics, respectively. The Hawks hold a slight edge over the rival Miami Heat in the Southeast Division race.
While the Atlanta Hawks have yet to play their best basketball this season, they have been able to stay as one of the better teams in the East through their first 55 games of 2015-16. Since we haven’t seen the 2015-16 team fire on all cylinders yet, there is still a great deal of optimism surrounding this team entering the second half of the NBA season.
With 27 games remaining after Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, let’s take a look back on three positives and three negatives from the Atlanta Hawks’ first half, as well as three questions that still need answering in the final weeks of the 2015-16 NBA regular season.