Seasons in a row that the Hawks have improved their wins total. The last team to have a longer stretch was the Timberwolves, who increased their victories annually from 1992--93 to '97--98.
ENEMY LINES | A RIVAL SCOUT ON THE HAWKS
I like their signings of Joe Smith and Jason Collins because they needed size off the bench. Those are moves a contender would make, and moves the Hawks didn't make in the past.... Everyone would agree that Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade are the top two shooting guards, and in my mind Joe Johnson is No. 3. You can't build a championship team around Joe, but if he's your No. 2 guy, you have a chance.... I'm not sure how much upside Al Horford has because he doesn't have that impressive athleticism. But he will be very good for a long time because he rebounds, he defends and he plays every play.... Josh Smith seems to be focused more on making the spectacular dunk than on the things he needs to do to help win. To his credit he has taken fewer threes the last couple of years, but so often the ball just stops when it gets to him and then bad things happen. Still, the guy is only 23. He could turn out to be a better version of Dennis Rodman and lead the league in rebounds and blocks.... It was a promising sign that Marvin Williams developed three-point range last year. He can be a 17-, 18-point scorer eventually, and he's a decent defender because he makes the effort.