15. Atlanta Hawks

2010-11 Record: 44-38 (Lost in Eastern Conference Semis to Chicago 4-2)
Key Returning Players: Josh Smith, Al Horford, Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague
Key Additions: Tracy McGrady
Key Losses: Jamal Crawford
This Week: @ New Jersey, Tuesday (12/27); vs. Washington, Wednesday (12/28); vs. New Jersey, Friday (12/30); @ Houston, Saturday (12/31)

Being overshadowed by fellow division rivals, Orlando and Miami hasn't stopped Atlanta from making continuous strides towards becoming a formidable team in the Eastern Conference. With their solid nucleus of young talent, the Hawks did suffer a huge blow with the departure of their sixth man, Jamal Crawford. Now they're hoping that Tracy McGrady and his ailing knees can hold up for a shortened NBA season and provide them with some solid points off the bench. We wouldn't put money on it, but hey, we've seen crazier things happen. —Jose Martinez