NBA Draft Recall—Southeast DivisionPosted: June 17, 2011
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Uh-oh! David Stern just announced that all current players have to be returned to the teams that drafted them. As everybody scrambles for the next flight to meet their new/old team, let’s see just how good each team would be. As long as the player has played a game this season or is under contract, he is on the roster for the team that drafted him, even if he’s a free agent right now.
Today is the Southeast division.
Here are the teams in the division:
Right now, this may be the most competitive division to face in the league. Heat and Magic are contenders. Hawks are steady in the playoff race. Bobcats have actually taken a step back but are still a force to be reckon with. Wizards may be at the bottom of the league but they have a bright future with John Wall in charge (remember I was a Washington Wizards correspondent so I’ve followed this team closely). But will these teams be as good as they are with the new rosters? Let’s see.
Magic: Shaquille O’Neal, Keyon Dooling, Mike Miller, Zaza Pachulia, Anderson Varejao, Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick, Courtney Lee, and Daniel Orton.
Heat: Kurt Thomas, Eddie House, Rasual Butler, Caron Butler, Dwayne Wade, Dorell Wright, Jason Smith, Darnell Jackson, Michael Beasley, Marcus Thornton, and Dexter Pittman.
Hawks: Jason Terry, Pau Gasol, David Anderson, Boris Diaw, Royal Ivey, Josh Smith, Josh Childress, Marvin Williams, Solomon Jones, Acie Law, Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Pape Sy, Damion James.
Bobcats: Emeka Okafor, Raymond Felton, Ryan Hollins, Jared Dudley, Brandan Wright, Kyle Weaver, Alexis Ajinca, Derrick Brown, and Gerald Henderson.
Wizards: Juwan Howard, Richard Hamilton, Kwame Brown, Jared Jeffries, Steve Blake, Devin Harris, Andray Blatche, Dominic McGuire, Nick Young, Bill Walker, JaVale McGee, Jermaine Taylor, Lazar Hayward, and John Wall.
The big man duo for the Magic looks promising. I like how they’re surrounded by shooters like Miller, Dooling, and Redick. I guess Lee could be PG but this team doesn’t have a real PG to work with. Heat have a nice set of wing players but not much size. Smith is a 7-footer but from watching him during his time with the Sixers, I wouldn’t be confident in interior success.
For every time I’ve done the recall in each division, there’s a player that I did not know was drafted by a team. Pau Gasol is that surprise in the Southeast division. Look at this starting 5: Terry, Childress, Josh Smith, Gasol, and Horford. It’s got scoring, defense, and is pretty athletic too. Bobcats don’t have many players especially since their first draft wasn’t until 2004. Only 6 years to work with. But still some quality players. Felton and Okafor are doing nicely. Dudley is OK. And then the Wizards are just a mess. They have talent. Wall, McGee, Harris, Young, Blatche and Hamilton are known to score but not so great on defense. They have a couple of big busts in Kwame and Jeffries. The best team out of these five would have to be the Hawks.
Ok next time is the Atlantic Division. But, I’m going to post that one on The Sixers Sense. But don’t worry, I’ll hook you up with a post of the link as well as other new things I’m working on. Here are the other divisions: Pacific Division, Northwest, Southwest and, Central.