October 24, 2012 7:30 PM by Braxton
The Celtics are still a dangerous team. With the craftiest Point Guard in the NBA in Rajon Rondo, a reliable veteran in Paul Pierce, and a ferocious defender in Kevin Garnett, they still have a chance to make a lot of noise this season. Even though they lost future Hall of Famer Ray Allen, they added Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and will be getting Jeff Green, and eventually Avery Bradley, back from injury. The Celtics will win their 22nd division title this season.
The Sixers made a huge move in the off-season when they were involved in the Dwight Howard trade. The Sixers sent franchise player Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, and acquired star Center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers. Even with the acquisition of Bynum, he is still very injury prone and will miss some time at the start of the season. With players like Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, and Nick Young, Philly will be able to make a push for a playoff spot with or without Bynum. The 76ers will finish 2nd in the Atlantic Division.
With a fresh start in a new city, a new billion-dollar arena, and some new players, this is the start of a new era for the Nets. With a healthy Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace, and newly acquired Joe Johnson, the Nets front office has surrounded star Guard Deron Williams with reputable players. They don’t have a lot of depth, however, with sophomore Guard Marshon Brooks being their best offensive option off the bench. The Nets will improve, and finish 3rd in the Atlantic Division.
New York Knicks
Yet again, there are plenty of unanswered questions surrounding the Knicks. Can Carmelo, Amare, and Tyson Chandler play together? Should Amare be coming off the bench, with Carmelo being moved to Power Forward? With all those questions, the Knicks will have to figure something out, and fast. In the off-season, they added Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace, Ray Felton, Ronnie Brewer, and Pablo Prigiono. With all the veterans added, they are officially the oldest team in the NBA, and no, that’s not a joke. The Knicks will finish 4th in the Atlantic Division.
Unlike most off-seasons, the Raptors actually improved during this one. Adding Point Guards Kyle Lowry and John Lucas III, Guard/Forward Landry Fields, and rookies Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas. Even with these fresh new faces and some much-needed depth, the Raptors are still in a division with four other playoff teams. The Raptors will take a step forward this season, but still finish in 5th.