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1)  Toronto Raptors  Projected Record (47-35)

Projected Lineup:

Head Coach| Dwayne Casey

PG| Kyle Lowry

SG| DeMarr DeRozan

SF| Demarre Carrol

PF| Patrick Patterson

C| Jonas Valanciunas

Key Reserves|   Ross, Scola, Johnson

The reigning Atlantic Division champions are poised for another season full of success. ¬†Led by a dynamic back-court of ¬†Lowry and Derozan, the Raptors will look to push the pace again this season and attack on the break. ¬†Despite last years division title and regular season success, the Raptors were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in an embarrassing fashion. ¬†The Wizards swept the Raptors in what was a very disappointing ending to a great season. ¬†To address a need¬†at the Small Forward position, the Raptors made a splash in free agency and signed former Atlanta Hawk, DeMarre Carroll. ¬†The Raptors hope that Carroll will add an element of toughness and grit that they lacked last year. ¬†He is regarded as one of the best “3 and D” players in the league. ¬†With the addition of Carroll and the continued growth of ¬†Valanciunas as a skilled big, I expect the Raptors to own the division, at least for one more year. ¬†If they are eliminated any earlier than the second round, the season would definitely be considered a failure. ¬†Raptors fans are ready for some postseason!

 

 

 


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2) Boston Celtics Projected Record (43-39)

Projected Lineup:

Head Coach| Brad Stevens

PG| Marcus Smart

SG| Avery Bradley

SF| Evan Turner

PF| Jared Sullinger

C| Tyler Zeller

Key Reserves| Crowder, Olynyk, Thomas, Lee

The Celtics are very quietly stockpiling an army of young talent.  Last season the Celtics surprised many by making it to the playoffs and playing the Cavaliers competitively.  Brad Stevens has also emerged as an elite coach in the NBA.  He gets his players to buy in to his system and play hard every night.  Marcus Smart is a player to watch this year, as he looks to emerge as a force in the league. The big guard out of Oklahoma State will look to set the tone for Boston, on both Offense and Defense.Overall, the talent gap from the first player to the twelfth player on the roster is minuscule which should make for a team full of depth and energy.  I look for the Celtics to have a slightly better regular season, only to suffer the same fate in the playoffs, getting bounced in the first round.


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3) Brooklyn Nets Projected Record (36-46)

Projected Lineup:

Head Coach| Lionel Hollins

PG| Jarrett Jack

SG| Markel Brown

SF| Joe Johnson

PF| Thaddeus Young

C| Brook Lopez

Key Reserves| Hollis-Jefferson, Bargnani, Larkin

It would be kind to call the Nets season last year mediocre.  Finishing at 38-44 the Nets backed their way into the playoffs, in which they were ousted by the Atlanta Hawks.  When looking at the Nets roster, it is evident that they lack young talent.  The Deron Williams, Joe Johnson,  Brook Lopez trio, which was so promising when originally formed, has never amounted to much of anything.  Brooklyn seems to have started the rebuilding process as they rid themselves of the under performing point guard, Deron Williams.  I would expect more changes to come throughout this season, specifically dealing with Joe Johnson and Lopez, which should accelerate the rebuild.  My expectations for the Nets this season are low, sorry Nets fans.


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4)  Philadelphia 76ers Projected Record (26-56)

Projected Lineup:

Head Coach| Brett Brown

PG| Kendall Marshall

SG| Nic Stauskas

SF| Robert Covington

PF| Nerlens Noel

C| Jahlil Okafor

Key Reserves| Grant, Thompson, Wroten

The 76ers¬†came¬†into last season predicted by many to be one of the worst teams OF ALL TIME! ¬†The experts were dead wrong. ¬†Despite only winning 18 games, the 76ers’ players started to show glimpses of what Hinkie’s finished product will eventually look like. ¬†After the all star break last season, the 76ers were a top 10 team in defensive efficiency and were also top 10 in pace of play. ¬†In addition to the improvements on the court, off the court, the 76ers continue to stockpile draft picks and maintain their financial flexibility. ¬†After trading Michael Carter-Williams, ¬†their offense seemed to flow more effectively, and Noel came into his own. ¬†In the 2016-2017 season, I expect the 76ers roster to be greatly improved, and to challenge for a playoff spot. ¬†Stay patient 76ers¬†fans, one more year of rebuilding before we’re ¬†back in playoff contention.


Knicks logo5) New York Knicks Projected Record (24-58)

Projected Lineup:

Head Coach| Derek Fisher

PG| Jose Calderon

SG| Arron Afflalo

SF| Derrick Williams

PF| Carmelo Anthony

C| Robin Lopez

Key Reserves| Porzingis, Grant, Seraphin

What to say about the Knicks? All I have to say is that with the 4th pick in the NBA draft, they passed on  Emmanuel Mudiay, and Justice Winslow to select Kristops Porzingis.  If that move was accompanied by moves that spelled out an obvious rebuild, then I would have applauded Phil Jackson for being patient and taking the player with the most upside.   That however is not the case.  Jackson signed Anthony, to a huge deal prior to last season.  Then over this past off-season in a flurry of signings, the Knicks signed Robin Lopez, Arron Affalo, and Derrick Williams.  Jackson is sending mixed messages to his management, players, and fans.  With no clear direction in place, I see the Knicks struggling to find an identity, and possibly even trading Anthony before the deadline.

One Comment

  1. David

    October 6, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    You spelled Carroll’s name wrong, as well as DeMarr DeRozan, and Nik Stauskas too. Oh and Jahlil Okafor, not Jalil. Jarrett Jack has two ts.

    And I’d say Amir Johnson would be starting over Jared Sullinger too.

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