SUMMER FORECAST

To say that it has been a busy summer in the Atlantic Division from a trades, signings and transactions stand point is an understatement.  Boston, Brooklyn and New York pulled off several headline making moves.  The Sixers made numerous changes to their 2011-12 squad, and the Raptors, well the Raps executed some nice tweaks as well.

Now that the 2012-2013 NBA squads are pretty much set, it’s time to take a look at each Atlantic Division team’s roster to get an idea of how they fit together and how the teams could end up in the standings.

As best as possible, I’ll use the top players on each team at their respective positions.  The order of players was determined by how they are projected to produce during the 2012-2013 season.

After the jump an early and unique Atlantic Division preview…

 

Point Guard

BOS:  Rondo – Jason Terry

BKN:  Deron Williams – CJ Watson

TOR:  Kyle Lowry – Jose Calderon

NYK:  Jason Kidd – Raymond Felton

PHI:  Jrue Holiday – Evan Turner

Holiday-Turner surpass Kidd-Felton if for some reason Kidd plays under 25 minutes per game at PG.  Otherwise the order stays as is and isn’t really close.  The argument could be made for Lowry-Calderon above D-Will and CJ Watson but I am assuming D-Will returns to All-NBA form this upcoming season.  It’s also likely that Calderon is traded at some point this season.

Shooting Guard

NYK:  Ronnie Brewer – JR Smith

BKN:  Joe Johnson – Marshon Brooks

BOS:  Avery Bradley – Jason Terry – Courtney Lee

TOR:  Landry Fields – Terrence Ross

PHI:  Evan Turner – Nick Young – Dorell Wright – Jrue Holiday

If Dorell Wright plays a lion’s share of the SG minutes with Turner and Holiday playing a few minutes while Nick Young takes Nocioni’s old spot on the bench, the 76ers 2 guards could vault to 3 on the list. 

Small Forward

PHI:  Andre Iguodala -Thaddeus Young – Dorell Wright

BOS:  Paul Pierce – Courtney Lee

BKN:  Gerald Wallace – Joe Johnson – Mirza Teletovic

NYK:  Carmelo Anthony – Ronnie Brewer – JR Smith – Steve Novak

TOR:  Demar Derozan – Lina’s Kleiza

The second best player in the division who is backed up by 2 guys who would start on 10+ teams in the NBA gives Philly a large edge in the SF category.

Power Forward

BKN:  Kris Humphries – Gerald Wallace – Reggie Evans – Mirza Teletovic

NYK:  Amare Stoudemire – Carmelo Anthony – Marcus Camby- Steve Novak

TOR:  Ed Davis – Amir Johnson – Andrei Bargnani – Jonas Valanciunas

BOS:  Brandon Bass – Jared Sullinger – Chris Wilcox

PHI:  Spencer Hawes – Thaddeus Young – Lavoy Allen – Nik Vucevic

Unfortunately, PF is another spot where the 76ers have the worst team in the division.

Center

NYK:  Tyson Chandler – Marcus Camby

BOS:  Kevin Garnett – Fab Melo – Chris Wilcox

TOR:  Ed Davis – Amir Johnson – Jonas Valanciunas – Andrei Bargnani

PHI:  Spencer Hawes – Nik Vucevic – Kwame Brown – Arnett Moultrie

BKN:  Brook Lopez – Kris Humphries – Reggie Evans

A return to form and a healthy year from Brook Lopez will certainly drop Philadelphia to 5th at the Center position.

Looking at these rankings, my prediction for the 2012-13 Atlantic Division standings goes like this:

Boston

New York

Brooklyn

Toronto

Philadelphia

As for the 76ers record in 2012-2013, I predict it will be 31-51.

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