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Hawks ranked No. 3 in NBA.com’s Eastern Conference power rankings

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After coming in at No. 9 in ESPN’s overall NBA power rankings, the Hawks received an even more favorable ranking by NBA.com’s John Schuhmann. Schuhmann released his offseason Eastern Conference power rankings Thursday morning, and Atlanta comes in at No. 3.

Schuhmann, one of the top stats driven writers in the business, offered a few numbers to backup his bullish view of the Hawks heading into the upcoming season:

Three numbers to know

The Hawks were the league’s second most improved team last season, both in regard to winning percentage and point differential per 100 possessions, topped only by Golden State in both cases.

The Hawks were the only team that ranked in the top five in both free throw percentage and free throw rate.

Combining pick-and-roll ball-handler and roll-man possessions, the Hawks scored just 0.87 points per possession on 33 possessions per game in the conference finals, down from 1.03 points per possession on 39 possessions per game through the first two rounds.

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