2012-13 Atlantic Division Preview

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2012-13 Atlantic Division Preview
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This has been one of the busiest offseasons in recent memory.  Some of the league’s biggest names have new homes.  As a result of various trades and free agent signings, the Atlantic Division has become arguably the toughest in basketball.

The Nets are ready to move to Brooklyn next season and open the Barclay’s Center.  Their goal this summer was to transform the team and make sure they have a fanbase from Day 1.  Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire, only cares about winning.  The NBA’s more punitive luxury tax system clearly doesn’t faze him.

Similarly, James Dolan has never been afraid of spending.  The New York Knicks have one of the richest television contracts in the league.  He was not going to be outdone by the Nets in this fight for New York City.

The Boston Celtics were supposed to begin their rebuild this summer.  However, after coming within one game of the NBA Finals last year, Danny Ainge decided to bring back most of his core players to make one more title run.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors also made same interesting moves this summer and are poised to be much improved next season.

Next I will take a look at each Atlantic Division team, its projected starters and sixth man, as well as how the 2012-13 season is likely to break down.

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