November 17, 2017

2012-13 Southeast Division Preview

(by expected order of finish)

 Miami Heat

2011-12 Record & Division Standing: 46-20 (1st)
Key Off-Season Additions: Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis

Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis join Miami's Big Three
Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis join Miami’s Big Three

Key Off-Season Losses: Ronny Turiaf
Outlook: The defending NBA Champs just improved their roster
On the Bright Side: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh will continue to dominate. They added two prolific shooters in Allen and Lewis to space the floor on offense.
Be Concerned: With Bosh moving to center the Heat will be undersized against teams like the Lakers,Pacers, and Sixers.


Atlanta Hawks

Al Horford and Josh Smith (Scott Cunningham NBAE via Getty Images)
With the departure of Joe Johnson, the Hawks will rely on Al Horford and Josh Smith this season (Scott Cunningham NBAE via Getty Images)

2011-12 Record & Division Standing: 40-26 (2nd)
Key Off-Season Additions: Devin Harris, Kyle Korver, Lou Williams, Anthony Morrow, DeShawn Stevenson and Jordan Farmar
Key Off-Season Losses: Marvin Williams, Joe Johnson, Kirk Hinrich, Willie Green and Vladimir Radmanovic
Outlook: They’ll be competitive but not as dangerous, or good, as they were with Joe Johnson. Watch for them to run a lot more.
On the Bright Side: The Hawks should have Al Horford for a full season and Lou Williams is a decent replacement for Joe Johnson.
Be Concerned: Depth could be an issue and they are somewhat weak at the wing positions outside of Josh Smith who is a small forward trapped in a power forward’s body.

Washington Wizards
2011-12 Record & Division Standing: 20-46 (4th)
Key Off-Season Additions: Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor, Martell Webster and Bradley Beal (rookie)
Key Off-Season Losses: Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis
Outlook: At best the Wizards could make the playoffs. However, their lack of experienced talent will keep them out for this year.
On the Bright Side: They have some talent (John Wall and Bradley Beal) and some good complementary players (Okafor, Ariza and Nene).
Be Concerned: The challenge for the Wizards will be to find a winning system with and without John Wall, who will miss at least the first month of the season with a knee injury

Charlotte Bobcats
2011-12 Record & Division Standing: 7-59 (5th)
Key Off-Season Additions: Ben Gordon, Brendan Haywood, Ramon Sessions and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (rookie)
Key Off-Season Losses: D.J. Augustin and Corey Maggette,
Outlook: With some good additions things should be better than their 7-win season in 2011-12

Charlotte's Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bismack Biyombo and Gerald Henderson
Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bismack Biyombo and Gerald Henderson

On the Bright Side: Hopefully, Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo’s improvement over the summer yields more positive results.
Be Concerned: It’s unclear if the Bobcats have any future All-Stars among their recent lottery picks- rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might be their best hope.

Orlando Magic
2011-12 Record & Division Standing: 37-29 (3rd)
Key Off-Season Additions: Aaron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and Coach Jacque Vaughn
Key Off-Season Losses: Dwight Howard, Ryan Anderson, Jason Richardson, Earl Clark, Chris Duhon and Coach Stan Van Gundy
Outlook: It doesn’t look good. The Magic didn’t get much in return for Howard and they lack talent at most positions.
On the Bright Side: The uncertainty with Dwight Howard is over.
Be Concerned: They’re not very good and their roster doesn’t appear to have any future stars.

Written by Arun and Coach Nick

Coach Nick

Coach Nick is the founder of BballBreakdown, coached the Triangle Offense at the high school level, and counts Tex Winter and Pete Newell as mentors. For more of our conversation, follow him @BBALLBREAKDOWN.

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