I remember one year the Hawks surprisingly started the season 13-0 (or was it 12-0?) and went into the all star break leading the division. They ended up making the playoffs.... and then getting bounced out in the first round. I'm just saying is all.
Then again, THIS Eastern conference isn't exactly the Eastern conference of the mid- to late-90s.
And it's from another guy named Alessandro, go figure: I heartily endorse the part about changing the age requirement so that young players who have the raw talent (but haven't mastered the skill set yet)