This article might seem silly: The Miami Heat are the defending champs and only got better this offseason, while the rest of the division seems to be rebuilding.
While the Miami Heat are clearly the class of the division, there are four other teams all heading in very different directions. The 2012/13 season will be an interesting look at the potential shift in talent pools for teams in the division.
Just as a quick refresher, here's a look at last season's final standings in the southeast (keeping in mind it was only a 66 game season; this season will be a full 82 game season).
1. Miami Heat: 46-20
2. Atlanta Hawks: 40-26
3. Orlando Magic: 37-29
4. Washington Wizards: 20-46
5. Charlotte Bobcats: 7-59
In many ways, it was one of the strangest divisions in basketball. Between the dominance of the Miami Heat, the complete implosion of Dwight Howard's tenure with the Orlando Magic despite management changing everything for him, and the Charlotte Bobcats being the worst team in NBA history, there were many interesting storylines.
Will the standings stay the same? On my part, I am acknowledging that offseason moves can still be made, so this is more of a "where they stand now" type of article, mixed in with my own predictions. It's that time of the year, ladies and gentlemen... basketball is almost here.