Mar 2, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) celebrates a basket with point guard Kyle Lowry (7) against the Golden State Warriors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Warriors 104-98. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Atlantic Division: The standings settle


After weeks of wondering what place the teams in the Atlantic Division would be in, I think the standings we see today are going to be the same as the last day of the season.

Yes, I think the Toronto Raptors are going to hang on to first. I’ve been saying this for weeks, but, with trade deadline done, and now no major moves are on the horizon, I suspect that each team will remain on the path. And the Raptors have shown that deserve this spot. This wasn’t a mistake.

The Brooklyn Nets have recovered from a poor start to the season. They now control New York, in terms of team record. It would appear that they will make the playoffs. Interestingly enough, if the playoffs started today, the Raptors and Nets would meet in the first round, since the 3rd seed (currently Raptors) would face the 6th seed (Nets). While the Raptors will the division, I feel like the Nets are better than the Raptors and I think with such an experienced and determined roster that was supposed to contend, will be ready to kill. And, the Raptors are dinosaurs…

What about the other teams? The New York Knicks are still in talks to make the playoffs, but confidence for them is waning even for the most optimistic Knicks’ fans. Like the Nets, the Knicks were supposed to be talking championship at best and top four in East at worst. Now, it doesn’t even look like playoffs will happen. If they do miss the playoffs, I would imagine heads would roll. Bye-bye coach. Carmelo may be fed up and walk. Shoot, I heard Tyson Chandler might be looking for a way out. It would be a complete bust for the organization.

The Boston Celtics are interesting. Sure, the playoffs aren’t happening. Wait…they’re only five games out of 8th. I mean, technically they could make it. Heck, the Sixers aren’t eliminated yet (LOL). But, I don’t see them making that push. And, like I said, the Sixers aren’t in position either.

I wrote at another FanSided site about how once great franchises like the Knicks, Sixers, and Celtics are all struggling. Out of these three teams I just mentioned, which team has the brighter future? Which team will make the playoffs first, assuming that they miss the playoffs this season?

Even more questions. I ask you again who you think will win the division, The Nets are only back three games so it’s not completely out of the question. Let’s say they do meet in the playoffs. Who would win in that series? Raptors or Nets?

The divisional standings may not shift for the rest of the season, but that doesn’t mean that this division’s story is dull. Keep it here at The Sixer Sense for more Sixers (and Sevens!) coverage!

I’m Dante, and I’m out.

*drops mic* *lands on foot* *limps off stage*

Tags: Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets New York Knicks Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors

  • Rowdy101

    Sorry Sixers. Been there too long. As a Raptors follower, I agree with your analysis. Toronto is for real this year, and have the makings of a steady club for the next few years. A bit inconsistent at the moment, but they also have money. One of their key weakness is rebounding and guarding the very big “bigs” in the paint. Chandler would be an interesting acquisition at trade time, where the Knicks are known to do dumb things. I’m keeping my ears open. Chandler (or similar) makes Toronto a direct challenge to Indianapolis.

    • http://dalanel.wordpress.com/ Dante Nelson

      Yeah, I’m glad you guys kept Lowry. Like you said, this team has a good future. Lowry, DeRozan, and Valanciunas is a core. Get a couple more pieces and in a couple of years, this team should be serious.