We now turn our attention to the Southeast Division where the Hawks, Wizards, and Heat will battle it out to see who gets to lose against the Cavaliers in the playoffs.
Eastern Conference Southeast
(Predicted order of finish)
|1. Atlanta Hawks||The Hawks lost SF DeMarre Carroll to free agency but managed to pick up veterans Paul Milsap and Tiago Splitter which should help them roll to an impressive regular season before folding once again in the playoffs.|
|2. Washington Wizards||The Wizards have a great ball handler and creator with PG John Wall and a terrific shooter in SG Bradley Beal. So why is it then that we always see Beal trying to create and kicking it to Wall for a low percentage three point shot? Maybe it is because head coach Randy Wittman can’t work a clipboard.|
|3. Miami Heat||Miami went just 37-45 last season and missed the playoffs. The Heat will get Chris Bosh back from his health scare and rookie Justise Winslow should give them some toughness and athleticism. And if that doesn’t help, Pat Riley is still leaving mean notes on LeBron James’ windshield whenever he gets the chance.|
|4. Orlando Magic||Orlando’s new head coach Scott Skiles is inheriting a team with some good young players. The Magic have four lottery selections on the roster and they will show improvement under Skiles who has a knack for coaching up young talent. And then in about three years they will grow tired of him turning beet red and screaming in their faces. And they will quit. And Skiles will get fired. But hey, it was fun while it lasted.|
|5. Charlotte Hornets||The Hornets currently have Cody Zeller, Tyler Hansbrough, and Frank Kaminsky on the roster but it may only be because the Washington Generals are now defunct.|
Next up: the Southwest Division!
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