Atlanta Hawks Fans Middle of the Pack Among NBA's Most Rewarded Fanbases

Atlanta Hawks Fans Middle of the Pack Among NBA's Most Rewarded Fanbases
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A ranking system of the 30 NBA teams was developed by to find out which fanbase has been rewarded the most over the last 11 seasons. 

Fans of the Atlanta Hawks rank as the 16th most-rewarded fanbase of the last 11 seasons. 

How did we compile our rankings? Read below for more, and don't forget that BetGeorgia is also your home for any news around eventual Georgia sports betting.

How We Ranked Each Fanbase

The first category, “Minutes Spent Per Win” was determined by taking the amount of regular-season games played by each team since the start of the 2011-12 season until the end of last season, multiplied by the average length of a televised NBA game (two hours, 13 minutes). 

Once that number was calculated, we divided it over the amount of victories during that same span (2011-12 to 2021-22 season) to arrive at the final amount, which represents the amount of minutes watched by fans per regular-season win. 

The second category, “Points Deducted for Playoff Success” was utilized to decipher the value of seeing playoff success during those 10 seasons gathered in the first category. 

The point values were: 1 point per playoff berth, 3 points per playoff series win, 3 points per NBA Finals appearance and 15 additional points for an NBA Championship win. After adding all of the points together for every postseason from the 2011-12 season to 2021-22 season, the points were deducted from the first category to arrive on the final points and rankings. 

Hawks' Highs & Lows

Fans of the Hawks have spent 268 minutes per win, which also ranks 16th in the league, but had 23 points deducted for playoff success, which ranks tied for 12th-most in the league with the Indiana Pacers.

In that time span, Atlanta has made the playoffs eight times under three different coaches. Larry Drew led the Hawks to back-to-back playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013 but suffered first-round exits each year.

Current Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer led Atlanta to the playoffs four times in his five seasons. Twice in that span (2014, 2017), the Hawks were eliminated in the first round. 

In 2015, though, the Hawks had a franchise-best 60 regular-season wins and reached the conference finals. The next season, Atlanta reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

After three-straight last-place finishes in the Southeast Division from 2018-2020, the Hawks returned to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021 under current coach Nate McMillan. 

Overall, between the 2011-12 and 2021-22 season, Atlanta is 430-431 in the regular season and 5-8 in postseason series. 

What Are the Hawks’ Odds in 2023?

While sports betting is not yet permitted in Georgia, here are the odds for the Hawks for the 2022-2023 season. 

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Hawks are longshots this season to win the NBA Championship (+5000) or win a conference title (+2000). 

However, Atlanta is just a slight underdog at +115 to win the Southeast Division (Miami is the favorite at even money) and are heavy favorites (-290) to reach the playoffs. 



Shelby Dermer

Shelby Dermer is a reporter & journalist for Shelby has been a sports reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer for the last five years and now lends his expertise to the emerging Georgia sports betting market.

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