I would like to thank the people who corrected with my grammatical error yesterday I couldn’t say it was a “typo” error when the spelling was precisely correct. Accusation is definitely different from acquisition… I don’t know what I was thinking but anyways no harm done I’d love to get some proof reading on my articles but I couldn’t afford one… heck I couldn’t even afford a Starbucks coffee… Anyways we have tackled two Eastern Divisions in the past few days now we will tackle the Southeast division the division where the Eastern conference champions dwell but teams like Atlanta and Miami can make a serious bid for that championship run let’s look at the
Atlanta Hawks (47-35)
New Acquisitions: Joe Smith and Jamal Crawford
Rookie/Rookies: Jeff Teague 1st round (19th pick) and Sergiy Gladyr 2nd round (19th pick)
Last year the Hawks defied expectations when they reached the playoffs and almost trampled the defending champions Boston Celtics to seven games. Basically they don’t need to be that active this summer they will just have to look for quality veterans who could provide the experience and leadership and Joe Smith fits right on the money. The ever reliable big man who defends pretty well on the post who can give that medium range jumper any time of the day he could very well fit in any system because of his versatility and a good role player that’s one formula for longetivity in the NBA hardwork and dedication. Drafting Jeff Teague gives Mike Bibby a reliable backup with new edition Jamal Crawford who can play the point or two guard. The Atlanta Hawks will be parading good backcourt tandems with Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby or with Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford cohesiveness won’t be a factor but still Atlanta lacks that Post presence with no 7 footers in their line-up.
Charlotte Bobcats (35-47)
New Acquisition: Tyson Chandler
Rookie/Rookies: Gerald Henderson 1st round (12th pick), Derrick Brown 2nd round (10th pick)
So they traded their franchise player Emeka Okafor for Tyson Chandler that makes Gerald Wallace as the last remaining Bobcat. Gerald will be the vocal leader among a herd of young players. If you look into the roster of the Bobcats you’re looking into a number of players not playing to their full potential. They needed the veteran presence in the team and that maybe the reason why Larry Brown got Raja Bell, Borris Diaw and Tyson Chandler. Gerald Henderson can be an immediate help to Charlotte but as early as now doubts have slowly clouded Gerald’s potential just like the other Duke Alumni JJ Reddick and Shelden Williams. The Bobcats is still a rebuilding team and rumors have been circulating that Larry Brown is trying to get Allen Iverson to the team. Well all I can say is good luck
Miami Heat (43-39)
New Acquisition: Quentin Richardson
Rookie/Rookies: Marcus Thornton 2nd round (13th pick), Robert Dozier 2nd round (30th pick) and Patrick Beverly 2nd round (12th pick) by the Lakers
It’s understandable why Miami is limited to getting second round picks and losing dependable defender Jamario Moon to free agency. They are preparing for 2010 when Dwyane Wade goes to free agency and the Heat will have to contend with teams who will spend everything on the salary cap to get him. The Heat as a core is definitely a solid team adding a reliable shooter in Quentin Richardson it’s a sure go for another playoff appearance. The ball is now rolling on Dwayne’s hands…2010 is just around the corner.
Orlando Magic (59-23)
New Acquisitions: Vince Carter, Ryan Anderson, Matt Barnes, Brandon Bass and Jason Williams
Rookie/Rookies: no draft selection
The Orlando Magic has no draft selection but why bother if they have five solid veteran players acquired. Losing Hedo Turkoglo was a bummer but adding Vince Carter, Ryan Anderson, Matt Barnes, Brandon Bass and the comebacking “white chocolate” Jason Williams is more than enough for one Hedo. Vince Carter can still create his own shots and still demands a double-team but what’s scary is he doesn’t have to do it all by himself like his former team the New Jersey Nets he has a lot of help from Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis. The Orlando Magic as a team has added depth and versatility on their roster. Matt Barnes is a pretty decent shooter and a good defender as well as Brandon Bass who rebounds the ball very well. The East is getting stronger against their counterpart and certainly the Magic is on top of that food chain.
Washington Wizards (19-63)
New Acquisitions: Randy Foye, Fabricio Oberto and Mike Miller
Rookie/Rookies: Jermaine Taylor 2nd round (32th pick) traded to Houston
The worst team in the NBA last year that goes to show that the Wizards without their team captain Gilbert Arenas is a team with no identity. But this season is a different one with a healthy Arenas working hard this summer trying to get back to form and adding Randy Foye and Mike Miller creates one of NBA’s good backcourt team. Fabricio Oberto is a solid double-double player if given playing time but can also be a good role player like when he was playing in San Antonio. The Wizards regardless of their dismal record last year is still a good team but they will have to learn to stand on their own when undesirable circumstances take place.
Next week will tackle the Western teams.. keep posted.