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NBA Power Rankings: The Hawks Continue To Defy The Odds, Ranked No. 7 This Week

The Atlanta Hawks have won 8 of their last 10, have continued to deal with more injuries and yet they continue to persevere. Sitting with a 15-6 record with the third of the season almost over, its time to praise the work of Larry Drew and general manager Rick Sund for putting together a well-rounded roster with a blend of talent, youth and cagey veterans capable of winning in a variety of ways.

The Hawks sit at No. 7 in this week's NBA Power Rankings posted by SB Nation's Tom Ziller, and the words of Ziller have proven to be prophetic, "They just keep on winning..."

One point of personal focus from me about the Hawks has always been their point guard, and lack there of. When they selected Jeff Teague in the draft, many were skeptical if the combo guard from Wake Forest could make the full-scale transition to point guard in the league.

Now in his third year, Teague is averaging 13 points and 5 assists, and he's the best point guard the Hawks have had since the days of Mookie Blaylock. Teague deserves a ton of credit and the Hawks will need him now more than ever to keep their winning ways a rolling.

For more on this game Hawks fans should head on over to Peachtree Hoops. For more NBA news and analysis be sure to check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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