The 2020-21 NBA season tips off on Dec. 22, and each team is scheduled to play 72 games. Here is our Atlantic Division Winner Prediction.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the off-season was shortened so that there was no summer league, the training camp started on December 1 and the preseason will be played from December 11-19. All teams will have to adapt to these changes and we will try to predict the winners of all divisions for you.
What’s cooking in the Atlantic?
Certainly the strongest and most interesting division in the East with 4 competitors for the top and…the New York Knicks. Toronto Raptors, who won this division last year, will play their home games in Tampa, they have kept the backbone of the team and will once again represent one of the candidates to win it. Boston Celtics also didn’t change the roster much, only Gordon Hayward left, so the team that played the conference finals will once again have the biggest ambitions. Philadelphia 76ers have a new head coach, Glenn Rivers (yes, it’s Doc Rivers who won’t be using the nickname “Doc” while he is in Philly because, as he said “There’s only one Doc in town.” – Dr.J). With Embid and Simmons (if they can stay healthy), participation in the playoffs is a must, and maybe they can even do a little more this year.
The Brooklyn Nets, as the biggest unknown, with Kyrie, recovered Durant, rookie head coach Steve Nash and his assistant Mike D’Antoni, will be one of the most interesting teams to follow. Are they a title contender or pretender…we’ll see. And finally, the New York Knicks. They did nothing worthwhile in the free agency, the biggest addition is Austin Rivers, which speaks for itself. The new head coach Tom Thibodeau will have a lot of work to avoid the last place in the division…or maybe he won’t.
Roster changes and transactions:
IN: Aaron Nesmith (R), Payton Pritchard (R), Jeff Teague (ATL), Tristan Thompson (CLE).
OUT: Gordon Hayward (CHA), Enes Kanter (POR), Vincent Poirier (OKC), Brad Wanamaker (GSW).
IN: Bruce Brown (DET), Jeff Green (HOU), Élie Okobo (PHX), Reggie Perry (R), Landry Shamet (LAC).
OUT: Justin Anderson (PHI), Michael Beasley, Wilson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, Donta Hall, Dzanan Musa (DET), Garrett Temple (CHI), Lance Thomas.
IN: Alec Burks (PHI), Jacob Evans (MIN), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (DAL), Nerlens Noel (OKC), Immanuel Quickley (R), Austin Rivers (HOU), Omari Spellman (MIN), Obi Toppin (R).
OUT: Damyean Dotson (CLE),Wayne Ellington (DET), Taj Gibson, Moe Harkless (MIA), Bobby Portis (MIL), Kenny Wooten (HOU).
IN: Justin Anderson (BKN), Tony Bradley (UTA), Seth Curry (DAL), Terrance Ferguson (OKC), Danny Green (LAL), Dwight Howard (LAL), Isaiah Joe (R), Dakota Mathias (R), Paul Reed (R), Derrick Walton.
OUT: Alec Burks (NYK), Al Horford (OKC), Raul Neto (WAS), Kyle O’Quinn, Norvel Pelle, Josh Richardson (DAL), Glenn Robinson III (SAC), Marial Shayok, Zhaire Smith.
IN: Aron Baynes (PHX), DeAndre’ Bembry (ATL), Henry Ellenson, Malachi Flynn(R), Jalen Harris (R), Alize Johnson (IND), Alex Len (SAC), Yuta Watanabe (MEM).
OUT: Marc Gasol (LAL), Dewan Hernandez, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (MIN), Serge Ibaka (LAC), Malcolm Miller.
Predicted Division Winner: Boston Celtics
It’s gonna be tight but the Celtics look like a team that has the best chance of winning the Atlantic Division. A young team that, apart from the newcomer Jeff Teague, has no players born before 1990. After reaching the Eastern Conference finals last season, they will be armed with experience. Jayson Tatum has grown into a regular All-Star, while Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown are players who can always step up. With the most promising coach in the league, Brad Stevens, the Celtics are expected to at least repeat last year’s result.
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