Atlanta Hawks (25)
The Atlanta Hawks won two of their final three games…on the road…against playoff teams.
Though those victories blew Atlanta’s shot at the second-best lottery odds, this group still finished with the East’s fewest wins (24)—thanks mostly to a makeup that, while not the worst in any one area, was consistently crummy across the board. The Hawks ranked in the bottom five in offensive and defensive efficiency, turnover percentage and defensive rebound rate, per Cleaning the Glass.
24. Sacramento Kings (24)
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The Kings went 3-2 in April, and Buddy Hield scored in double figures in each of his final 14 games, hitting multiple threes in all but one of those contests. In his second season, he solidified himself as (at least) a deadly three-point specialist who’ll hang around the league for a decade. If he sharpens up defensively or learns to dribble, he could be better than that.
23. Brooklyn Nets (23)
The Brooklyn Nets won eight more games in 2017-18 than the year before, despite losing Jeremy Lin for all but 25 minutes to a knee injury. Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell all made strides, and rookie center Jarrett Allen emerged as a possible def cheap authentic nfl jerseys ensive anchor inside.
With wins in three of its final four contests and the era-appropriate three-heavy approach, Brooklyn is on the right track. Most importantly, this’ll be the last offseason in which it has to watch someone else make its first-round pick. The draft considerations the last regime gave up in the massive deal with Boston will finally be fulfilled after June.
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22. Dallas Mavericks (22)
Dirk Nowitzki intends to return next year, which is all that matters if you have a heart and/or love old-man guile. His Dallas Mavericks lost seven of their final eight games but could, if Dennis Smith Jr. develops, return to playoff contention in 2018-19.nfl cheap jerseys
21. Charlotte Hornets (20)
The Charlotte Hornets had to win two of their last three games to equal last year’s discouraging win total of 36. nfl jerseys cheap china Dwight Howard rebounded the bejeezus out of the ball all year, and he continued that approach to the bitter end, grabbing 46 boards over his final three games to finish with an average of 12.5 per contest. He was a huge reason Charlotte ranked first in defensive rebound rate.