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