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Offseason Improvement Rankings: Atlantic Division

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Jul 18, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; From left Paul Pierce , Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry during a press conference to introduce them as the newest members of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

  • Brooklyn Nets
 The Nets certainly made a splash as owner Russian Billionaire spared no expense to bring at least an expensive starting lineup to Brooklyn. They brought Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry over from Boston and signed Andrei Kirilenko. Only two weeks after he retired from playing basketball, Jason Kidd was hired by the Nets as the head coach. While he learns how to transition from player to coach, Lawrence Frank, who has been an occasional assistant and head coach around the league will help Kidd as a lead assistant. Add in all-stars Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, this starting lineup is very talented. This team will win a ton of regular season games, but it still remains to be seen if they can surpass the Heat, Pacers or Bulls in the playoffs this upcoming season.
Overall, this division has some really good teams and some that are in that rebuilding stage. Brooklyn and New York are going to be vying for a top-5 playoff berth, the Raptors have a chance at the postseason, while Boston and Philadelphia are in full rebuilding mode. The Celtics and 76ers are the only two teams that have a realistic chance at finishing the season with a worse record that the Suns and therefore getting a better chance at the top pick the blockbuster 2014 draft.
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