The NBA’s Eastern Conference Southeast division has had some sexy makeovers to its teams this offseason.
The most notable team makeover in the Southeast and the entire NBA is the Miami Heat. Pat Riley found a way to keep Dwayne Wade and add not one, but two superstars to the roster in Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
The new-look Heat have not even played a single game together but are already being named the favorites to win the NBA Championship.
The Orlando Magic, which almost made it to their second straight NBA Finals, have kept the core of their roster and as long as they have Dwight Howard, should be good to go. They did lose some on the defensive side of the ball with the loss of Matt Barnes, but I like their acquisition of Chris Duhon.
Duhon doesn’t mind going after it on the defensive end and will be a solid backup point guard behind Jameer Nelson.
The Atlanta Hawks will have a new coach and made a couple of draft picks that should see some action for the Hawks this season. They were able to resign Joe Johnson and Jeff Teague should see more minutes in 2010-11 as Mike Bibby’s career continues to get closer to the end.
Charlotte and Washington are toss-ups. The Bobcats are coming off a great season and have a chance to start building something in Charlotte. I still think that they are behind the Heat, Magic, and the Hawks in the Southeast.
The Wizards are still in the rebuilding phase and I think are more concerned with how John Wall and Gilbert Arenas will play together. The addition of Wall is more likely to add fans to the seats than increases to the win column. With that in mind, I think they will still find themselves behind the rest in the Southeast.