Yes, the NBA season is already starting. While it may seem that we just got done having LeBron James jammed down our throat 24/7, a fresh new season of more and more Lebron is already upon us.
Of course, here at the Daly Dose, we break down the NBA like no other. So sit back and enjoy our first division outlook. Here is how the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division is going to play out.
Eastern Conference Atlantic
(Predicted order of finish)
|1. Boston Celtics||The Celtics have some depth at guard that should pay dividends for the future. With Evan Turner, Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, and Avery Bradley they have some talent in the backcourt. And with Kelly Olynyk and newly acquired big man David Lee the Celtics also have some depth in the big white stiff category…which has always played big in Boston.|
|2. Toronto Raptors||After they were swept in the first round of the playoffs the Raptors knew they had to get better defensively. They went out and signed DeMarre Carroll who should help. Carroll is a terrific defender who doesn’t need the ball to be effective. And if that doesn’t work they can always send general manager Masai Ujiri out to do some public speaking again.|
|3. Brooklyn Nets||New head coach Lionel Hollins should have a positive impact on this veteran group. And by “veteran” I mean old. With a roster that includes Joe Johnson, Jarrett Jack, Dahntay Jones, and Andrea Barnani the Nets have a ton of experience. And by “experience” I mean AARP cards.|
|4. New York Knicks||Carmelo Anthony has said that he wants head coach Derek Fisher and the Knicks coaching staff to hold him accountable in practice and film study this year when he makes mistakes or doesn’t give 100% effort. But not when he plays in the All-Star Game and then shuts it down for the rest of the season. That’s okay.|
|5. Philadelphia 76ers||If there is one thing that this team needs it is a point guard. So in the NBA Draft this summer they bypassed point guards Emmanuel Mudiay, Terry Rozier, and Cameron Payne to pick up 6’10” Jahlil Okafor. There is no question that Okafor is a talent in the post but he’s probably going to be a liability when he has to bring the ball up the floor every night.|
Next up: the Northwest Division!