Capsule previews of the NBA's Atlantic Division

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm •  Published: October 28, 2013
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A look at the Atlantic Division teams as they head into the 2013-14 season, in predicted order of finish:

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BROOKLYN NETS

LAST SEASON: 49-33, lost to Chicago Bulls 4-3 in first round.

STARTING FIVE: G Deron Williams (18.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 7.7 apg), G Joe Johnson (16.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 apg), F Paul Pierce (18.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.8 apg), F Kevin Garnett (14.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), C Brook Lopez (19.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg).

KEY ADDITIONS: F Pierce (trade, Celtics), F Garnett (trade, Celtics), G Jason Terry (trade, Celtics), F Andrei Kirilenko (free agent, Timberwolves), G/F Alan Anderson (free agent, Raptors), G Shaun Livingston (free agent, Cavaliers).

KEY LOSSES: F Gerald Wallace (trade, Celtics), F Kris Humphries (trade, Celtics), G MarShon Brooks (trade, Celtics), G/F Keith Bogans (trade, Celtics), G C.J. Watson (free agent, Pacers).

COACH: Jason Kidd, first season.

EYES ON: Kidd. Won an NBA title and a pair of Olympic gold medals during a decorated 19-year playing career but has no experience as a coach, going from the court right to the bench shortly after retiring last spring. How well he handles the transition is the biggest question facing a team that has All-Stars at every position.

OUTLOOK: A massive summer spending spree, with an $80 million luxury tax bill to follow, has the Nets well stocked for a run at a title. It probably has to come this year thanks to the ages of Pierce and Garnett.

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NEW YORK KNICKS

LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost to Indiana Pacers 4-2 in second round.

STARTING FIVE: G Raymond Felton (13.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.5 apg), G Iman Shumpert (6.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.7 apg), F Carmelo Anthony (28.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 apg), F Andrea Bargnani (12.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg), C Tyson Chandler (10.4 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg).

KEY ADDITIONS: F Bargnani (trade, Raptors), F Metta World Peace (free agent, Lakers), G Beno Udrih (free agent, Magic), G Tim Hardaway Jr. (draft, No. 24).

KEY LOSSES: G Jason Kidd (retired), F Steve Novak (trade, Raptors), F Chris Copeland (free agent, Pacers).

COACH: Mike Woodson, third season with Knicks, eighth season overall; 278-320.

EYES ON: Bargnani. If the Knicks get the player who averaged 21.4 points just three seasons ago, he'll be a major boost to their offense. But the former No. 1 overall pick scored just 12.7 per game during an injury-shortened, dismal 2012-13 season in Toronto, and the Knicks will need more than that.

OUTLOOK: Won a division title and a playoff series for the first time in ages last season, but building on that will be tough with a few other East teams looking stronger. Might not be a good time for a step back, though, with Anthony able to become a free agent next summer.

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BOSTON CELTICS

LAST SEASON: 41-40, lost to New York Knicks 4-2 in first round.

STARTING FIVE: G Avery Bradley (9.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.1 apg), G Jordan Crawford (9.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.5 apg), C Jared Sullinger (6.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.8 apg), F Jeff Green (12.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg), F Brandon Bass (8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 bpg).

KEY ADDITIONS: F Kelly Olynyk (draft, No. 13), F Kris Humphries (trade, Nets), F Gerald Wallace (trade, Nets), G Keith Bogans (trade, Nets).

KEY LOSSES: Coach Doc Rivers (trade, Clippers), F Paul Pierce (trade, Nets), F Kevin Garnett (trade, Nets), G Jason Terry (trade, Nets), C Chris Wilcox (free agent).

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