As we roll into the 2012-'13 NBA season, we're going to take you through an overview of each of the six divisions. Who are key newcomers? Who are notable for your fantasy team? Last season was brutal with a late and sudden December start to an abbreviated season. We continue our previews with the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Does Boston have another run left? How improved is Brooklyn with a healthy Brook Lopez and the addition of Joe Johnson? Are the Knicks ready for a run with the best front court in the Eastern Conference? And is Andrew Bynum durable enough to provide the post presence to support the perimeter rich Sixers? Toronto... in a case of the rich getting richer, one of first round picks that Oklahoma City received in the James Harden deal is going to be a Raptors lottery pick.
As we play out the final month of the 2011-'12 NBA season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with the New Jersey Nets..
A flurry of activity at the NBA trading deadline, but no huge deals we have seen in recent years. The biggest, Dwight Howard, stayed in Orlando despite talk all season long of a pending move. The Lakers were within a "wisker" of acquiring Michael Beasley until the Minnesota owner nixed a three team deal that included Portland. Lets take a look at the deals that did get done. Percentage owned in Flea Flicker leagues shown.
Has Dwight Howard finally made up his mind? First he was demanding trade as free agency opened. Then, as recently as yesterday he began hinting that he was happy in Orlando and it was his favorite place on earth! Now, Howard again leads the NBA news cycle as New Jersey has aggressively entered the sweepstakes in what could be a four-team mega deal. Where are the Lakers in all this? They are rumored to have focused on Chris Paul in the realization they cannot land both.