October 26, 2012 6:07 PM by Braxton
The 2011-2012 NBA Champions will be back for another title this season. Let’s put it this way: the best player in the world, LeBron James, has the pressure of winning his first ring off of his back. Throw in the signings of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, two excellent 3-point shooters, and a healthy Dwyane Wade, that will make LBJ all that more dangerous. The Heat will finish 1st in the Southeast Division with ease.
With management shipping Guard Joe Johnson off to Brooklyn, the Hawks lost the player that they run most of their offense through. In return, the Hawks got sharpshooters Anthony Morrow and DeShawn Stevenson, Guard Jordan Farmar, and big men Johan Petro and Jordan Williams. They still have double-double machine Al Horford and Forward Josh Smith, who are both very good players. With the additions of Devin Harris, Kyle Korver, and Louis Williams, the Hawks have a solid team. A-T-L will finish 2nd in their division.
The Wizards are yet another team that are poised to improve in the upcoming season. Drafting Bradley Beal 3rd overall was a very good choice by Washington. While getting Rashard Lewis’ contract off the books by trading him to the Hornets, they also received PF/C Emeka Okafor and G/F Trevor Ariza. Washington’s front office has laid down a solid foundation to surround John Wall with capable players. The Wizards will make a big improvement this year and finish 3rd in the Southeast Division.
With the Dwight Howard era officially over, it is safe to say they are in rebuilding mode. Luckily, they will be rebuilding with a decent roster. In the off-season, they acquired Aaron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Josh McRoberts, Maurice Harkless, Gustavo Ayon, and Nikola Vucevic. They already have Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, which makes for a so-so roster. The post-Dwight Magic will finish 4th in the Southeast Division.
Oh, how not-so-far they have come. As of right now, the Bobcats are still the laughing stock of the NBA. Even with the addition of 2nd-overall draft pick Guard/Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist; the Bobcats won’t do much improving. They have decent players, like Ben Gordon and Roman Sessions, but that’s about all they have going for them. Charlotte will finish 5th in the Southeast Division.