Offseason Improvement Rankings: Southeast Division

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Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (left), LeBron James (center) and Chris Bosh (right) celebrate after game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Miami defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win the NBA Championship. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the Suns were the worst team in the Western Conference and the fourth-worst overall. They earned the fifth pick in the 2013 draft with that miserable season. This coming season, the Suns will exciting and more interesting, but also worse, because almost all the other teams improved themselves. This could give the Suns one of the top picks in a potentially top-5 draft in NBA history. I asked editors around FanSided’s NBA Division for the low-down on their team.

Disclaimer: It took a while to coordinate with everyone and with some people I couldn’t get in touch, so I had to assess the offseasons of some teams. Also, I had to update some teams who continued signing and trading players after these were written.

  • Miami Heat –Wesley Goldberg (All You Can Heat) 

Even though skeptics said the defending champion Miami Heat entered the offseason with question marks, especially at center, Pat Riley and the bunch stayed the course. It wasn’t an overly-active offseason but the Heat did bring back the Birdman, Chris Andersen. With Birdman in the rotation for the full length of the season, this Heat team could be even better in the 2014 regular season. The Heat did make one unexpected move by trading into the draft to select shooting guard James Ennis. Ennis is a lanky, athletic scorer who fits the Heat system well. The team is still tied to Greg Oden rumors, but the Heat will stand pat and embrace small ball — even if no one else does.

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