The Atlanta Hawks find themselves in the middle of one of the most crowded races to the bottom the NBA has seen in years.
For most of the season the Hawks have been the worst team in the NBA. But since the trade deadline, several teams have decided to “mail it in” for the season. Currently 8 teams could be considered to be “tanking”. They are: Atlanta, Orlando, Memphis, Sacramento, Phoenix, Dallas, Brooklyn and Chicago. New York could also be considered to be tanking but it does not appear that they will be able to “catch” the other teams in the basement.
Not only do Hawks fans need to keep an eye on our standings, we must also keep an eye on the Minnesota Timberwolves. We own their first round pick if they qualify for the Postseason. That appeared to be a sure thing until Jimmy Butler went down.
Last Night’s Tankathon Impact Game Results
Hawks 109 Warriors 114
Pistons 106 Magic 115
Mavericks 100 Bulls 108
Nuggets 108 Grizzlies 102
Thunder 124 Suns 116
Timberwolves 108 Jazz 116
Tonight’s Tankathon Games to Watch
Grizzlies at Magic
Jazz at Kings
Updated Tankathon Standings
1. Grizzlies 18-43
2. Suns 19-45
3. Mavericks 19-44
4. Hawks 19-44
5. Magic 19-43
6. Kings 19-43
7. Nets 20-43
8. Bulls 21-41
*Wolves 38-28 (2.5 Games Above Playoff Line)
The team with the worst record has the best overall odds (25%) of landing the number one draft pick via the Lottery in May.
*Hawks own Wolves’ First Round pick if they make the playoffs.
For more simulations and information on the “Tankathon” visit www.tankathon.com.
Phil Veasley |@_ATLPhil
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