Southeast Division

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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. Continue reading

NBA Finals and Awards Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

MVP – Chris Paul – Clippers

Rookie – Jabari Parker – Bucks

Coach – Randy Wittman – Wizards

Defensive Player – Andre Drummond – Pistons

Most Improved – Chris Bosh – Heat

Sixth Man – Isaiah Thomas – Suns

Executive – David Griffin – Cavaliers Continue reading

Southeast Division

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1. Washington Wizards

This is their time to build on the success of last season.

2. Charlotte Hornets

Being the Hornets again means the expectation of instant success.

3. Miami Heat

They’re still a solid team, but they still have issues in the paint.

4. Atlanta Hawks

Health is critical for them getting into the playoffs.

5. Orlando Magic

With Oladipo and now Aaron Gordon the Magic’s future should be brighter. Continue reading