2014 NBA Regular Season Preview Series: Division Breakdown

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Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors(48-34 last season, won the Atlantic Division, lost to the Brooklyn Nets in 7 games in EC 1st Round)

Projected Starters

C Jonas Valanciunas; PF Amir Johnson; SF Terrence Ross; SG DeMar DeRozan; PG Kyle Lowry.

Key Reserves

PF Patrick Patterson; PF-C Tyler Hansbrough; SG Lou Williams; PG Greivis Vasquez; SF James Johnson; SG Landry Fields; C-F Chuck Hayes; F-G Jordan Hamilton; C Greg Stiemsma.

Coach

Dwane Casey, seventh year (fifth with Raptors).

Brooklyn Nets(44-38 last season, 2nd in Atlantic Division, lost to the Miami Heat in 5 games in the EC Semifinals)

Projected Starters

C Brook Lopez; PF Kevin Garnett; SF Andrei Kirilenko; SG Joe Johnson; PG Deron Williams.

Key Reserves

PG Jarrett Jack; PF Mirza Teletovic; C-F Mason Plumlee; SG Alan Anderson; SF Bojan Bogdanovic; F-G Sergey Karasev; C Jerome Jordan; PG Casper Ware; SG Markel Brown.

Coach

Lionel Hollins, eighth year (first with Nets)

New York Knicks(37-45 last season, 3rd in Atlantic Division)

Projected Starters

C Sameul Dalembert; PF Amar’e Stoudemire; SF Carmelo Anthony; SG Iman Shumpert; PG Jose Calderon.

Key Reserves

SG J.R. Smith; PF Andrea Bargnani; G-F Tim Hardaway Jr.; C Jason Smith; PF Cleanthony Early; PG Pablo Prigioni; PG Shane Larkin; C Cole Aldridge; F Quincy Acy.

Coach

Derek Fisher, first year.

Boston Celtics (25-57 last season, 4th in Atlantic Division)

Projected Starters

C Kelly Olynyk; PF Brandon Bass; SF Jeff Green; SG Avery Bradley; PGRajon Rondo.

Reserves

F/C Jared Sullinger; G/F Evan Turner; PG Marcus Smart; SG Marcus Thornton; SF Gerald Wallace; C Tyler Zeller; C Joel Anthony; G/F James Young; PG Phil Pressey; F Dwight Powell; C Vitor Faverani.

Coach

Brad Stevens, second year

Philadelphia 76ers (19-63 last season, 5th in Atlantic Division)

Central Division

Indiana Pacers(56-26 last season, 1st in the Central Division, lost to the Miami Heat in the EC Finals in 6 games)

Projected Starters

C Roy Hibbert; PF David West; SF C.J. Miles; SG Rodney Stuckey; PGGeorge Hill.

Key Reserves

PF-C Luis Scola; C Ian Mahinmi; SF Solomon Hill; PG C.J. Watson; SF Chris Sinlgleton; F Chris Copeland; PF Lavoy Allen; G Donald Sloan; F Damjan Rudez; G-F Paul George (when healthy).

Coach

Frank Vogel, sixth year (all with Pacers).

Chicago Bulls(48-34 last season, 2nd in the Central Division, lost to the Washington Wizards in EC 1st Round in 5 games)

Projected Starters

C Joakim Noah; PF Pau Gasol; SF Mike Dunleavy; SG Jimmy Butler; PGDerrick Rose.

Key Reserves

PF Taj Gibson; PG Kirk Hinrich; F Doug McDermott; G-F Tony Snell; C Nazr Mohammed; F Nikola Mirotic; PG Aaron Brooks; PF Solomon Jones.

Coach

Tom Thibodeau, fifth year (all with Bulls).

Cleveland Cavaliers(33-49 last season, 3rd in the Central Division)

Detroit Pistons(29-53 last season, 4th in the Central Division)

Milwaukee Bucks(15-67 last season, 5th in the Central Division)

Southeast Division

Miami Heat(54-28 last season, 1st in the Southeast Division, lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals in 5 games)

Projected Starters

C Chris Bosh; PF Josh McRoberts; SF Luol Deng; SG Dwyane Wade; PG Mario Chalmers.

Key Reserves

PF Udonis Haslem; C Chris Andersen; PG Norris Cole; SF Danny Granger; GToney Douglas; PG Shabazz Napier; SG Shannon Brown; SF James Ennis; C Justin Hamilton; SF Shawne Williams.

Coach

Erik Spoelstra, seventh year (all with Heat).

Washington Wizards(44-38 last season, 2nd in the Southeast Division, lost to the Indiana Pacers in the EC Semifinals in 6 games)

Projected Starters

C Marcin Gortat; PF Nene Hilario; SF Paul Pierce; SG Bradley Beal (when healthy); PG John Wall.

Key Reserves

G-F Martell Webster; PF Kris Humphries; PF-C DeJuan Blair; SF Otto Porter Jr.; C Kevin Seraphin; PG Andre Miller; PF Drew Gooden; SG Glen Rice Jr.; SF Rasual Butler; SF Damian James.

Coach

Randy Wittman, ninth year (fourth with Wizards).

Charlotte Hornets(formerly the Bobcats, 43-39 last season, 3rd in the Southeast Division, lost to the Miami Heat in the EC 1st Round in 4 games)

Projected Starters

C Al Jefferson; PF Marvin Williams; SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist; SG Lance Stephenson; PG Kemba Walker.

Key Reserves

SG Gerald Henderson; PF Cody Zeller; F Jason Maxiell; G Gary Neal; C Bismack Biyombo; PF Noah Vonleh; SG P.J. Hairston; PG Brian Roberts; SF Jason Taylor; C Dallas Lauderdale.

Coach

Steve Clifford, second year.

Atlanta Hawks(38-44 last season, 4th in the Southeast Division, lost to the Indiana Pacers in the EC 1st Round in 7 games)

Orlando Magic(23-59 last season, 5th in the Southeast Division)

Western Conference

Pacific Division

LA Clippers(57-25 last season, 1st in Pacific Division, lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in WC Semifinals in 6 games.)

Projected Starters

C DeAndre Jordan; PF Blake Griffin; SF Matt Barnes; SG J.J. Redick; PGChris Paul.

Key Reserves

SG Jamal Crawford; PF-C Spencer Hawes; PF Glen Davis; PG Jordan Farmar; SF Reggie Bullock; C Epke Udoh; SG C.J. Wilcox; PF Hedo Turkoglu; G-F Chris Douglas-Roberts; G Jared Cunningham.

Coach

Doc Rivers, 16th year (second with Clippers).

Golden State Warriors(51-31 last season, 2nd in Pacific Division, lost to the LA Clippers in WC 1st Round in 7 games)

Projected Starters

C Andrew Bogut; PF David Lee; SF Andre Iguodala; SG Klay Thompson; PG Stephen Curry.

Key Reserves

SF Harrison Barnes; PG Shaun Livingston; F Draymond Green; C Festus Ezeli; F-C Marreese Speights; SG Brandon Rush; PG Leandro Barbosa; C Ognjen Kuzmic; PG Aaron Craft.

Coach

Steve Kerr,first year.

Phoenix Suns(48-34 last season, 3rd in Pacific Division)

Projected Starters

C Miles Plumlee; PF Markieff Morris; SF P.J. Tucker; SG Eric Bledsoe; PGGoran Dragic.

Key Reserves

SG Gerald Green; PG Isaiah Thomas; SF Marcus Morris; F TJ Warren; SG Zoran Dragic; PF Anthony Tolliver; PG Tyler Ennis; C Alex Len; SG Archie Goodwin; PF Shavlik Randolph;

Coach

Jeff Hornacek, second year

Sacramento Kings(28-54 last season, 4th in Pacific Division)

LA Lakers(27-55 last season, 5th in Pacific Division)

Projected Starters

C Jordan Hill; PF Carlos Boozer; SF Wesley Johnson; SG Kobe Bryant; PGSteve Nash.

Key Reserves

PF Julius Randle; PG Jeremy Lin; SG Nick Young; G-F Xavier Henry; C Robert Sacre; PF Ed Davis; SG Wayne Ellington; C Ryan Kelley; G Keith Appling; G Jordan Clarkson.

Coach

Byron Scott, 14th year (first with Lakers)

Northwest Division

Oklahoma City Thunder(59-23 last season, 1st in Northwest Division, lost to the San Antonio Spurs in WC Finals in 6 games)

Projected Starters

C Kendrick Perkins; PF Serge Ibaka; SF Kevin Durant (when healthy); SG Reggie Jackson; PG Russell Westbrook.

Key Reserves

C Steven Adams; SG Jeremy Lamb; PF Nick Collison; G-F Anthony Morrow; F Perry Jones; G-F Andre Roberson; C-PF Mitch McGary; PG Sebastian Telfair; SF Lance Thomas.

Coach

Scott Brooks, eighth year (all with Thunder).

Portland Trail Blazers(54-23 last season, 2nd in Northwest Division, lost to the San Antonio Spurs in WC Semifinals in 5 games)

Projected Starters

C Robin Lopez; PF LaMarcus Aldridge; SF Nicolas Batum; SG Wesley Matthews; PG Damian Lillard.

Key Reserves

PG Steve Blake; PF Thomas Robinson; C Chris Kaman; SG Will Barton; SF Dorrell Wright; C Joel Freeland; C Meyers Leonard; G C.J. McCollum; SF Victor Claver; SG Allen Crabbe.

Coach

Terry Stotts, (eighth year, fourth with Blazers).

Minnesota Timberwolves(40-42 last season, 3rd in Northwest Division)

Projected Starters

C Nikola Pekovic; PF Thaddeus Young; SF Corey Brewer; SG Kevin Martin; PG Ricky Rubio.

Reserves

G/F Andrew Wiggins; PG Mo Williams; PF Anthony Bennett; SG Zach LaVine; G/F Glen Robinson III; SF Chase Budinger; SF Shabazz Muhammad; C Gorgui Dieng; F Robbie Hummel; PG Jose Barea; C Ronny Turiaf.

Coach

Flip Saunders, 18th year.

Denver Nuggets(36-46 last season, 4th in Northwest Division)

Utah Jazz(25-57 last season, 5th in Northwest Division)

Southwest Division

San Antonio Spurs(62-20 last season, 1st in Southwest Division, Won the NBA Title, defeating the Miami Heat in 5 games.)

Projected Starters

C Tiago Splitter; PF Tim Duncan; SF Kawhi Leonard; SG Danny Green; PGTony Parker.

Key Reserves

G Manu Ginobili; F Boris Diaw; SG Marco Belinelli; PG Patty Mills; PF Matt Bonner; SF Austin Daye; F Kyle Anderson; PG Cory Joseph; C Aron Baynes.

Coach

Gregg Popovich, 19th year (all with Spurs).

Houston Rockets(54-28 last season, 2nd in Southwest Division, lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in WC 1st Round in 6 games.)

Memphis Grizzlies(50-32 last season, 3rd in Southwest Division, lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in WC 1st Round in 7 games.)

Projected Starters

C Marc Gasol; PF Zach Randolph; SF Tayshaun Prince; SG Tony Allen; PGMike Conley.

Key Reserves

SG Courtney Lee; G/F Vince Carter; C Kosta Koufas; PG Beno Udrih; SG Jordan Adams; PF Jon Leuer; G Nick Calathes; G/F Quincy Poindexter; F Earl Clark; F Jarnell Stokes.

Coach

Dave Joerger, second year.

Dallas Mavericks(49-33 last season, 4th in Southwest Division, lost to the San Antonio Spurs in WC 1st Round in 7 games.)

New Orleans Pelicans(34-48 last season, 5th in Southwest Division.)

Projected Starters

C Omer Asik; PF Anthony Davis; SF Tyreke Evans; SG Eric Gordon; PG Jrue Holiday.

Reserves

PF Ryan Anderson; G Austin Rivers; F John Salmons; G Jimmer Fredette; F Darius Miller; G Russ Smith; F/C Patric Young; C Jeff Withey; C Alexis Ajinca; F Luke Babbitt.

Coach

Monty Williams, sixth year

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