NBA Primetime's Eastern Conference: Southeast Division Preview

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IOctober 21, 2009

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NBA Primetime breaks down every division in the NBA, giving you, the fans, the upcoming season predictions and preview on how each team will pan out for the year.

Eastern Conference: Southeast Division Preview

Orlando Magic— (61-21, 1st in Southeast Division)

Much like the Raptors this offseason, Orlando added an impressive amount of depth to their roster. While they lost their rookie Courtney Lee and the Turkish MJ, Hedo Turkoglu, the Magic obtained superstar Vince Carter and overlooked forward Ryan Anderson in an offseason transaction.

To add fuel to the fire, GM Otis Smith went out to sign young power-forward Brandon Bass, a versatile defender and shooter in Matt Barnes, veteran point-guard Jason Williams, and a big re-signing of backup center Marcin Gortat.

While Orlando enters the season with a rather newly assembled 15 man roster, there is much anticipation to make another appearance in the NBA Finals. And with Dwight Howard signifying himself as the most dominate big man in the NBA today, the Magic are ready to bring home the gold this time.

Atlanta Hawks— (46-36, 2nd in Southeast Division)

The Hawks surely have the talent to make it past the first round of the playoffs once again, but the big question is whether or not they will.

Atlanta acquired shooting-guard Jamal Crawford during the offseason, adding more depth and a guaranteed 15-20 points from the veteran.

Players like Josh Smith, Marvin Williams, and Al Horford are expected to step their games to the next level this season, inevitably placing the Hawks as a top five team in the East.

If all goes well, the Hawks could be in for a surprise season.

Washington Wizards— (43-39, 3rd in Southeast Division)

The Wizards are without a doubt one of the top teams in the NBA to enjoy a breakout season this year.

Adding head coach Flip Saunders to any team signifies that the organization is ready to make a name for themselves. In addition to Flip, the Wizards traded up their draft pick for point-guard Randy Foye and shooting-guard Mike Miller.

Both players bring much needed insurance to this injury prone environment and each should be able to uplift the Wizards overall win column.

At the end of the day, it will all depend on if Gilbert Arenas can remain healthy throughout the entire season and into the playoffs. If so, the Wizards will definitely be a sight to see!

Miami Heat— (41-41, 4th in Southeast Division)

There is no Heat without Dwyane Wade, it's as simple as that.

If D-Wade cannot stay healthy and produce as phenomenal and heroic as he did just a season ago, Miami fans could be in for a big shock come postseason time.

The Heat's frontcourt is extremely weak and their bench lacks depth.

Two-year men Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley will hold a ton of weight on their shoulders, ultimately being depended upon to produce at an efficient level night in and night out.

From a GM's perspective, the Heat have to wait just one more year before they can sign a big-named player and compete for the title once again...that's if Wade decides to stay.

Charlotte Bobcats— (30-52, 5th in Southeast Division)

The Bobcats traded arguably their best player, in Emeka Okafor, for the injury prone Tyson Chandler, who makes it seem like his best days are already over.

Aside from that, the Cats were able to land a one-year deal with point-guard Raymond Felton.

Charlotte, along with Milwaukee and Sacramento, finds themselves talked about as one of the worst teams in the NBA today. 

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