http://www.hoopinionblog.com/2011/02/inside-bubble-of-atlanta-hawks.html is a very interesting write-up about how the Atlanta Hawks management consistently tends to over-estimate the strength and the author put it , their lack of "lobjective reality or critical self-assessment"
here is a very good portion almost at the end of the article, something the SUNS FO should learn from:
"This is why the Hawks are not analogous to the Spurs. Both teams are spending about $69 million on player salaries this season. The Spurs are winning (and have won) more because they spent that money on better players, because they don't miss on the majority of their first round draft picks, because they find the occasional useful player in the second round of the draft, because they draft players with a plan as how to use them in the NBA in mind, because they fill their Summer League team (and field a Summer League team every year) with potential assets rather than players already signed to foreign clubs for the upcoming season, because they operate a D-League team to provide extra depth on the cheap".