2012 NBA power rankings: Hawks remain in top 10

Mike Zarrilli

The Atlanta Hawks remain among the NBA's elite in this week's group of power rankings.

With wins over Memphis, Denver and Washington last week, the Atlanta Hawks remained in the top 10 in the latest group of NBA power rankings.

The Hawks were consistently in the bottom half of the top 10 in every power ranking, never going higher than seventh or lower than ninth.

At 12-6, the Hawks currently sit just 1.5 games behind the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division. The 12-5 mark is good for third overall in the Eastern Conference, just two games behind the New York Knicks.

SB Nation's Seth Rosenthal moved the Hawks up one spot to No. 7, and said that the team's ability to control the boards was a big part,

Hey now, Hawks. Atlanta hopped right back on track after last week's spill in Cleveland. After weathering comebacks from the Nuggets and the Wizards, they made one of their own to take down the Grizzlies in an impressive third quarter in Memphis. Of note: a trend of weakness on the boards came to a head when Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson out-rebounded the Hawks by themselves in that Cleveland game. The Hawks won the rebound battle in each of their three subsequent victories, and that includes a successful effort to keep the board-hungry Nuggets off the offensive glass. Problem addressed? If so ... hey now, Hawks.

Kurt Helien at Pro Basketball Talk and ESPN.com's Mark Stein each agreed with Rosenthal and they both have the Hawks at No. 7 this week. Matt Moore at CBSSports.com has Atlanta at No. 8 while John Hollinger at ESPN.com gives the Hawks their lowest ranking of the week at No. 9.

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