An oddsmaker offers a mighty dim appraisal of next year’s Hawks

Why are these men laughing? (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Having won the NBA title in 2015 and now 2017, the Golden State Warriors are favored by Bovada to win it again in 2018. Big shock there. The Cleveland Cavaliers — bigger shock — are listed as second favorites. The Atlanta Hawks are 24th-favorites. Think about that.

The Hawks have made the playoffs in each of past years, something no other NBA East franchise can say. They’ve had a winning record every season since 2008-2009. They won 60 games in 2014-2015. They won a playoff series last season. They were the fifth seed in the East this time. And yet …

Their odds of winning it all in June 2018 are, per Bovada, 200 to 1. By way of comparison, the Philadelphia 76ers — who’ve won an aggregate 75 games over four seasons; the Warriors won 73 last season alone — are listed at 100 to 1. The six teams given longer odds than the Hawks: Charlotte, Detroit, Brooklyn, Orlando, Phoenix and Sacramento.

Betting lines are no guarantee of future results. This we know. But I’d suggest this particular line is a reflection of where this particular oddsmaker believes the Hawks are headed, and it’s not straight up. To reiterate: If they keep Paul Millsap, they’ll have spent a ton of money to stay mediocre; if they don’t, even mediocrity might be beyond their reach.

As we also know, the Hawks have a new general manager, Travis Schlenk having just arrived from Golden State. He has, to put it mildly, work to do.

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khd713
khd713

When Danny Ferry was making the moves the Hawks were on the verge of breaking into the top tier of teams that could legitimately compete for a title. Now, after Ferry's PC excommunication and the subsequent handing of the decision-making to a duo that had no idea what they were doing, the Hawks are on a fast track to the league's bottom tier. When I look back on it, the whole Ferry thing was just so insane. The PC police and one rogue owner have set this franchise back many years. So pathetic.

DawgNole
DawgNole

MB: "The Hawks have made the playoffs in each of past years, something no other NBA East franchise can say."

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In each of past years???

What the hell does that even mean?!

C'mon, Bradley, you can do better.

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

I would seriously build for 3 or 4 years from now when the Warriors start to disband. Anything before that is good money after bad.

Dis custed
Dis custed

Seriously with Golden State in the NBA does it even matter ? Ask Lebron

Hell Horsey
Hell Horsey

The Hawks are going to get DESTROYED this year.

Gman84
Gman84

They get points for being super PC don't they? 


Hard to believe they were on the same trajectory as Golden State 3 years ago. Now they've devolved into a leaderless glob of "no thank you"

FineousMcDirtyBird
FineousMcDirtyBird

Half the teams in the league make the playoffs every season. Being an NBA playoff team is not, and has never been, much to brag about. 

RayArtis
RayArtis

Bad roster moves were abundant this year. No. 1 - signing Dwight Howard. Next, you've got essentially the same player occupying three roster spots in Humphries, Muscala and Ilyasova. Shroder isn't quite as good as the club wants him to be. A lot of work for the new GM indeed.

Samurai-Squirrel-2
Samurai-Squirrel-2

The Spurs have a longer streak than the Hawks. They are at (an NBA record) 20 years.