NBA - October 17, 2019

NBA 2019-20 Season Preview Part III

The third part of NBA season preview

This is the third part of the ongoing NBA season preview series.  Each part is going to deal with one division. The roster changes of each team, the expectations coming into this season, what they might perform like, how season will end, their final win total at the end of regular season will be discussed. How the season ends, and their final win total are this author’s assumptions based on previous season, roster changes and injuries going into this season. In season injuries based on the player will dramatically affect and alter the prediction of a team.

The Southeast division is the third division up for the preview, consisting of Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards.

 Atlanta Hawks

  • Roster changes:
    • In:
      • Rookies: Charlie Brown, Bruno Fernando, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish.
      • Trades/Free Agent Acquisitions: Allen Crabbe, Marcus Derrickson, Brandon Goodwin, Damian Jones, Tahjere McCall, Jabari Parker, Chandler Parsons, Jordan Sibert, Evan Turner.
    • Out:
      • Jaylen Adams, Justin Anderson, Kent Bazemore, Deyonta Davis, Dewayne Dedmon, Isaac Humphries, Miles Plumlee, Alex Poythress, Taurean Prince, Omari Spellman
    • Same as previous season:
      • DeAndre’ Bembry, Vince Carter, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, Alex Len, Trae Young.
  • Expectations coming into this season:
    • With Trae Young coming into his own at the end of his rookie season last season, his growth along with the potential of new rookies is the only thing on Atlanta’s mind.
  • Expected performance this season:
    • They are a very young and fun team, trending in the right direction. If, Trae young continues to grow as he did at the end of his rookie campaign, playoffs might be an option next year.
  • Where they’ll end the season:
    • Just outside the playoff spots.
  • Expected win total this season:
    • 35-47

Charlotte Hornets

  • Roster changes:
    • In:
      • Rookies: Robert Franks, Ahmed Hill, Cody Martin, P.J. Washington.
      • Trades/Free Agent Acquisitions: Terry Rozier, Kobi Simmons.
    • Out:
      • Joe Chealey, Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lamb, Shelvin Mack, J.P. Macura, Tony Parker, Kemba Walker.
    • Same as previous season:
      • Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, Miles Bridges, Devonte’ Graham, Willy Hernangómez, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk, Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, Dwayne Bacon.
  • Expectations coming into this season:
    • With Kemba leaving, their only reason for winning majority of their games last season has just left them. While, Terry Rozier is a decent replacement, he is nowhere near as good as Kemba Walker. Except this team will also participate in tank-athon during middle of the season when they realize how bad their team is.
  • Expected performance this season:
    • This is yet another tanking team, hoping for a high draft pick in next year’s lottery.
  • Where they’ll end the season:
    • Finishing in 12th place.
  • Expected win total this season:
    • 25-57

Miami Heat

  • Roster changes:
    • In:
      • Rookies: Tyler Herro, KZ Okpala.
      • Trades/Free Agent Acquisitions: Jimmy Butler, Meyers Leonard, Daryl Macon, Davon Reed.
    • Out:
      • Ryan Anderson, Yante Maten, Josh Richardson, Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside.
    • Same as previous season:
      • Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, Udonis Haslem, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow, Derrick Jones Jr., Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson.
  • Expectations coming into this season:
    • With the addition of Jimmy Butler and Meyers Leonard to a certain extent, this team has certainly improved enough to make it into the playoff in the East. Also, the trade of Hassan Whiteside is addition by subtraction for this team.
  • Expected performance this season:
    • Fighting for a playoff spot with Pistons and then a first round exit.
  • Where they’ll end the season:
    • Just outside the playoff qualifications.
  • Expected win total this season:
    • 40-42

Orlando Magic

  • Roster changes:
    • In:
      • Rookies: Chuma Okeke (unsigned).
      • Trades/Free Agent Acquisitions: Al-Farouq Aminu, Isaac Humphries, B.J. Johnson, Josh Magette.
    • Out:
      • Troy Caupain, Jerian Grant, Jarell Martin, Timofey Mozgov
    • Same as previous season:
      • J. Augustin, Mohamed Bamba, Khem Birch, Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Fournier, Melvin Frazier, Markelle Fultz, Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Wesley Iwundu, Terrence Ross, Nikola Vucevic, Amile Jefferson.
  • Expectations coming into this season:
    • With no real changes to their starting XI or much change to their depth, this season should be the same as last. They will be fighting for the last playoff spot with Heat and Pistons
  • Expected performance this season corner:
    •    They will just squeak through to the playoffs but make no real impact there.
  • Where they’ll end the season:
    •    First Round Playoff exit.
  • Expected win total this season:
    •     40-42

Washington Wizards

  • Roster changes:
    • In:
      • Rookies: Rui Hachimura, Garrison Mathews, Justin Robinson, Admiral Schofield.
      • Trades/Free Agent Acquisitions: Justin Anderson, Davis Bertans, Isaac Bonga, Chris Chiozza, Jemerrio Jones, C.J. Miles, Ish Smith, Isaiah Thomas, Moritz Wagner.
    • Out:
      • Trevor Ariza, Sam Dekker, Jeff Green, Dwight Howard, Jabari Parker, Tarik Phillip, Bobby Portis, Chasson Randle, Devin Robinson, Tomas Satoransky.
    • Same as previous season:
      • Bradley Beal, Troy Brown, Thomas Bryant, Ian Mahinmi, John Wall, Jordan McRae.
  • Expectations coming into this season:
    • With John Wall suffering another long-term injury, the best thing this team can do is trade Bradley Beal at the trade deadline for some championship calibre team like the 76ers looking for spacing on the floor. This team should just stop their delusion that they are a competent team and join the tank-athon.
  • Expected performance this season corner:
    • This is just a bad team which has Bradley Beal. Go for a tank.
  • Where they’ll end the season:
    • Bottom place in the table.
  • Expected win total this season:
    • 20-62

 

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