Southeast Division


1. Atlanta Hawks

They were the class of the NBA last year, but need to find a way past Cleveland.

2. Miami Heat

Health and having Goran Dragic for the whole season will help.

3. Washington Wizards

They’re a solid team, but they just can’t seem to put it together in the playoffs.

4. Charlotte Hornets

Being an afterthought might be a good thing for them.

5. Orlando Magic

Scott Skiles brings an instant culture change to a sagging franchise.


Atlanta Hawks

Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer

Key Position: Forwards

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: G Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks), C Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs)

Starting Lineup: G Jeff Teague, G Kyle Korver, F Thabo Sefolosha F Paul Millsap, C Al Horford


Miami Heat

Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra

Key Position: Guards

Key Rookies: F Justise Winslow

Key Acquisitions: F Amar’e Stoudemire (Dallas Mavericks), G Gerald Green (Phoenix Suns)

Starting Lineup: G Goran Dragic, G Dwayne Wade, F Luol Deng, F Chris Bosh, C Hassan Whiteside


Washington Wizards

Head Coach: Randy Wittman

Key Position: Forwards

Key Rookies: F Kelly Oubre

Key Acquisitions: F Jared Dudley (Milwaukee Bucks), G Gary Neal (Charlotte Hornets), F Kelly Oubre (Atlanta Hawks)

Starting Lineup: G John Wall, G Bradley Beal, F Otto Porter, F Nene, C Marcin Gortat


Charlotte Hornets

Head Coach: Steve Clifford

Key Position: Guards

Key Rookies: C Frank Kaminsky

Key Acquisitions: G Jeremy Lin (Los Angeles Lakers), G Jeremy Lamb (Oklahoma City Thunder), C Spencer Hawes (Los Angeles Clippers), F Tyler Hansbrough (Toronto Raptors), F Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers)

Starting Lineup: G Kemba Walker, G Nicolas Batum, F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F Cody Zeller, C Al Jefferson


Orlando Magic

Head Coach: Scott Skiles (Milwaukee Bucks – 2013)

Key Position: Forwards

Key Rookies: F Mario Hezonja

Key Acquisitions: G Shabazz Napier (Miami Heat), G C.J. Watson (Indiana Pacers)

Starting Lineup: G Elfrid Payton, G Victor Oladipo, F Aaron Gordon, Tobias Harris, C Nikola Vucevic

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