4. Atlanta Hawks

Record: 6 - 3
Last Week's Rank: 6
Last Week's Results: W @ Miami, 100-92 (Mon); L @ Chicago, 76-74 (Tue); L vs. Miami, 116-109 OT (Thu); W @ Charlotte, 102-96 OT (Fri); W vs. Chicago, 109-94 (Sat)
This Week: @ New Jersey, Monday (1/9); @ Indiana, Wednesday (1/11); vs. Charlotte, Thursday (1/12); vs. Minnesota, Saturday (1/14)

Everything from the difficult match-ups to the endless air miles was supposed to test the Atlanta Hawks. Apparently, they didn't get the memo. The Hawks split both home-away series with the Bulls and Heat. This past week, Atlanta proved a lot to the rest of the NBA. Even if Charles Barkley isn't quite convinced, these guys showed that they are for real. —Jose Martinez