Who Will Win the Atlantic Division?
The NBA’s Atlantic Division does not look all that good on paper. The Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, and New Jersey Nets are all improving teams, but all are far from being good teams at this point as well. While the Knicks might make the playoffs now that they have Amare Stoudemire, if they finish more than a couple games above .500 it will be surprising. Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors, who just lost Chris Bosh, may be the worst team in the NBA. No, it is not a good division.
That means it is pretty much a lock that the Boston Celtics win the division. Even if this was not a weak division that might be the case. The Celtics are a very good team, one of the league’s best. After all, they made the NBA Finals last season, and they won the title with pretty much the same roster a few seasons ago.
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen may all be aging, but they still have a bit left. However, while those three are getting older, Rajon Rondo is becoming one of the best point guards in the league. In fact, there is a good chance he leads the league in assists this season. Plus, they have Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal, along with Kendrick Perkins when he returns from injury, to play center. Currently, Sportsbook has them at -30,000 to win the division, which is far from unreasonable. This is a virtual lock, and the most likely division winner pick in the NBA.