Lastly, we will be assessing the Atlantic Division which is composed of the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers. This week’s participants are…
DJ Allen @djallen23
Alec Walt @alecwalt
Alfonso De Falco @fonzydefalco
William Boyer @wcboyer24
Boston Celtics: A
Brooklyn Nets: D
Analysis from DJ: Nothing about the Brooklyn Nets or their offseason excites me. They may be the worst team in basketball this year even behind my Lakers. I they didn’t do much during the offseason but sign Jeremy Lin who they’re praying can bring Linsanity back. “Its gonna be a no for me dog.”
Highest grade: C from Alfonso – The Nets began the offseason with a major disadvantage after trading away draft picks over the last few seasons. They made attempts to bring in restricted free agents but ultimately lost out on that. The signings of Jeremy Lin and Trevor Booker will help them out a little bit and Isaiah Whitehead is a player to watch for this team. I am also interested to see what Anthony Bennett, a former top pick in the draft, does in Brooklyn.
New York Knicks: B+
Analysis from BJ: With the additions of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, the Knicks are must-see TV this season. They’ll either captivate or frustrate the patrons of New York, and best believe I’ll be watching to see how it all unfolds. New York touts one of the more talented starting fives in the East on paper, but the conversation has been centered around how it will play out on the floor. Factor that in with their weak bench (Brandon Jennings and Sasha Vujacic are not the answers) and you can see why there may be some concerns regarding this team.
Philadelphia 76ers: B+
Analysis from Alec: The Philadelphia 76ers improvements came through the draft over free agency. They drafted LSU phenom Ben Simmons with the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Simmons gives the 76ers and identity and building block to form a future championship contending team. Simmons is the only big name to enter Philadelphia this offseason. Through free agency they made cheap acquisitions like Jerryd Bayless and Gerald Henderson who bring leadership and three-point shooting. Trust the process, it’s working.
Highest grade: A- from Alfonso – Landing the number one pick and taking Ben Simmons was huge for this team. He will look to be the star of this team right away. The also signed Gerald Henderson and Jerryd Bayless as two veterans that can help put their guard situation. Will see if management will trade one of their young bigs before the season starts. This team has a lot of young talent, a lot of money to spend and a bright future.
Toronto Raptors: C+
Highest grade: B+ from Alec – The Toronto Raptors saved their offseason by re-signing DeMar DeRozan. It required losing Bismack Biyombo, but they have depth to fill his void. The Raptors signed Jared Sullinger and drafted Jakob Poeltl. Sullinger gives the Raptors a versatile big and Poeltl gives them another offensive big behind Jonas Valanciunas. With Biyombo leaving the Raptors didn’t address defense. Adding defense would’ve given them an A- offseason.