The Atlanta Hawks had a phenomenal 2014-15 season. The team won 60 games, most in the franchise’s history. That was a 22-win increase from the previous season. Here we take a look at some of the numbers, on offense, defense and rebounding, that helped Atlanta become one of the elite teams in the NBA.
The Hawks were an excellent passing team, leading the NBA in assist percentage. Atlanta’s unselfish play led to an assist percentage of 67.6%, about 16% higher than the league average.
Kyle Korver was the most effective offensive player in the NBA at 1.22 points per play (on an average shot distance of 22.2 feet). He was 31.4% more efficient than the NBA median. Korver’s 67.1% effective field goal percentage was second in the NBA (DeAndre Jordan).
The Hawks had the best transition defense in the NBA last season. Atlanta’s defensive efficiency in transition was slightly ahead of Milwaukee’s, allowing just 1.02 points per game. Opponents scored on just 47.6% of their transition plays, best in the league.
The Hawks ranked among the best 5 defensive teams in the NBA in set plays. These include out-of-bounds plays from the baseline and sideline, as well as plays coming out of a timeout. The Hawks were the only team to rank in among the best 5 defensive teams in all 3 phases of set plays.
The Hawks ranked among the bottom 5 teams in rebound percentage. That was also evident when looking at rebound margin. Atlanta was -3.3 rebounds per game, among the bottom 5 teams in the league.
Peter Newmann is an analyst and writer who spent 10 years at ESPN, 8 as the NBA senior researcher working 24/7 on the league. He wrote game notes for crews, articles for ESPN.com, analysis for studio shows, and regularly assisted reporters and writers. Follow him on Twitter, and check out his Web site, www.peternewmann.com.