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Updating the Atlantic Division

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There are still shoes left to drop, but I thought this fine Monday afternoon would be a good a time as any to take a step back and look at how the landscape in the Atlantic has changed since the Sixers last took the floor in an official NBA game.

Quick depth charts of all the teams in the Atlantic:

Sixers
  • PG: Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams
  • SG: Evan Turner, Jodie Meeks, Willie Green
  • SF: Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Andres Nocioni, Jason Kapono
  • PF: Elton Brand, Jason Smith
  • C: Marreese Speights, Spencer Hawes

Knicks
  • PG: Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas
  • SG: Kelenna Azubuike
  • SF: Danilo Gallinari, Bill Walker, Wilson Chandler
  • PF: Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf
  • C: Amare Stoudemire, Eddy Curry

Nets
  • PG: Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar
  • SG: Courtney Lee, Terrence Williams, Quinton Ross, Anthony Morrow
  • SF: Travis Outlaw, Damion James
  • PF: Derrick Favors, Kris Humprhies
  • C: Brook Lopez, Johan Petro

Raptors
  • PG: Jarrett Jack, Leandro Barbosa, Marcus Banks
  • SG: DeMar DeRozan, Marco Belinelli, Sonny Weems,
  • SF: Linas Kleiza
  • PF: Amir Johnson, Boris Diaw, Ed Davis, Joey Dorsey, Dwayne Jones
  • C: Andrea Bargnani, Tyson Chandler, Solomon Alabi

Celtics
  • PG: Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley
  • SG: Ray Allen
  • SF: Paul Pierce, Tony Gaffney
  • PF: Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis
  • C: Jermaine O'Neal, Kendrick Perkins, Semih Erden

And the standings from last season:

  • Boston - 50-32
  • Toronto - 40-42
  • New York - 29-53
  • Philadelphia - 27-55
  • New Jersey - 12-70

My initial thought is I can't believe the Sixers finished worse than the Knicks last season. What an unbelievable embarrassment. Beyond that, I'd say the Celts got a year older, the Raptors have downgraded, possibly in a major way, the Knicks got better, but I'm not sure how much better and the Nets haven't really done anything to improve their team in a meaningful way, but I don't think they were 70-losses bad last year. If I was betting on it, I'd put the Sixers probably second or third in the division right now, with maybe 33 wins.

What do you guys think? Who has improved the most? Who's taken the largest step in the wrong direction? Where do the Sixers stand on July 11th?
by Brian on Jul 12 2010
Tags: Atlantic Division | Basketball | Offseason | Sixers |