The 2020-21 NBA season tips off on Dec. 22, and each team is scheduled to play 72 games. Check out our Southeast 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 is playing 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.
The Heat to repeat the last season’s success
The Miami Heat, the division champion and NBA finalist is the favorite of this division. With the arrival of the elite lock-down defender Avery Bradley, the great defense will be even stronger and another attack on the NBA ring is expected.
Atlanta Hawks will be very interesting team to follow and a breakthrough is expected this season. Gallinari, Bogdanovic, Rondo, and Dunn have joined the team, who, along with Trae Young, Collins, and Capela, will be a serious playoff candidate.
In the big trade, Russell Westbrook arrived to the Washington Wizards, in the other direction went John Wall. Russ will work with Scott Brooks again with whom he reached the NBA Finals. Bradley Beal has grown into a top scorer and with a few great shooters in the team, it looks like this will be an environment where Westbrook will once again be able to provide games at the MVP level. That should be enough for the team from the capital to reach at least the playoffs.
Hornets and Magic to finish out of the playoff race?
Charlotte Hornets has given the maximum contract to Gordon Hayward and the Ball Family is coming to town, whether it will be enough for some progress, seems unlikely.
Orlando Magic has changed virtually nothing and in this intensified competition in the division, the question is whether they will be in the playoffs again.
Roster changes and transactions:
IN: Bogdan Bogdanovic (SAC), Kris Dunn (CHI), Danilo Gallinari (OKC), Solomon Hill (MIA), Nathan Knight (R), Skylar Mays (R), Onyeka Okongwu (R), Rajon Rondo (LAL), Tony Snell (DET).
OUT: DeAndre’ Bembry (TOR), Charlie Brown, Vince Carter, Dewayne Dedmon, Treveon Graham, Damian Jones (PHX), Skal Labissiere, Jeff Teague (BOS).
IN: LaMelo Ball (R), Vernon Carey Jr. (R), Nate Darling (R), Gordon Hayward (BOS), Nick Richards (R), Grant Riller (R).
OUT: Dwayne Bacon (ORL),Nicolas Batum (LAC),Willy Hernangómez (NOP),Kobi Simmons,Ray Spalding.
IN: Precious Achiuwa (R), Avery Bradley (LAL), Moe Harkless (NYK), Max Strus (CHI).
OUT: Kyle Alexander, Jae Crowder (PHX), Solomon Hill (ATL), Derrick Jones Jr. (POR).
IN: Cole Anthony (R), Dwayne Bacon (CHA), Jordan Bone (DET), Robert Franks (R), Karim Mané (R), Chuma Okeke (R).
OUT: D.J. Augustin (MIL), Melvin Frazier, Wesley Iwundu (DAL), B.J. Johnson, Vic Law.
IN: Russel Westbrook (HOU), Deni Avdija(R), Anthony Gill(R), Robin Lopez(MIL), Raul Neto(PHI), Cassius Winston(R).
OUT: John Wall (HOU), Jerian Grant(HOU), Ian Mahinmi,Shabazz Napier, Gary Payton II, Admiral Schofield(OKC), Jarrod Uthoff(NOP), Johnathan Williams.
Predicted Division Winner: Miami Heat
If they repeat at least approximately last year’s game, Miami should have no problem winning this division. The new Atlanta Hawks and Russell Westbrook will certainly increase competition, but it seems that this will not be enough to endanger the Heat. Dragic and Adebayo got new contracts, with their leader “Jimmy Buckets” and young Herro and Duncan Robinson, Pat Riley certainly expects nothing less than revenge on the Lakers this year.
Alongside this Southeast Division Winner Prediction, check out our Atlantic Division Winner Prediction and Central Division Winner Prediction. Stay with us for more NBA content as we’re going to give you our Western Conference predictions next.