We are about a quarter of the way through the season, and man has the Atlantic Division been a complete surprise.
Atlantic Division Standings
1. Boston Celtics 11-14
2. Toronto Raptors 9-13
3. Brooklyn Nets 8-15
4. New York Knicks 7-16
5. Philadelphia 76ers 7-18
The Boston Celtics have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA thus far, proving to everyone that they are not about tanking whatsoever. Despite being ranked 23rd overall in PPG and RPG, this Celtics team is making miraculous comebacks and continuing to make statements.
Despite the Toronto Raptors extreme inconsistency this season, they have still managed to 9 wins up on the board. The Raps recently traded away their top scorer in Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, so many think they might now be all in for tanking.
After a horrible start to the season, the Brooklyn Nets recently went on a 3-game winning streak, and now that Deron Williams is back, they are hoping to get back on track. As long as Williams, as well as Paul Pierce and others can stay healthy, the Nets should be a much better team.
New York Knicks
Everything is going downhill for the New York Knicks. With key injuries, as well as a lack or scoring, rebounding, and ball movement, the Knicks have dug themselves in a huge hole and are struggling to get out. Not only that, but Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have been big-time disappointments this season thus far.
The Philadelphia 76ers have hit rock bottom, after losing their 10th straight game on the road and getting demolished by the Portland Trail Blazers. The Sixers continue to struggle with holding on to leads, and without Michael Carter-Williams being out the past several games (knee injury), the Sixers just don’t have enough to fight back.
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