SURVEYING THE POST DRAFT LANDSCAPE – ATLANTIC DIVISION

The eye of the hurricane week for the NBA. The time in between the NBA draft and the start of free agency. A chance to catch our collective breath as NBA fans and take stock of where the teams are.
By my count there were 12 draft night trades scuttling picks both present and future all around the league. That figure doesn’t even count the exchanges that took place prior to the draft, such as the Celtics sending the 1st pick to Philadelphia for the 3rd pick and a future first.
So with the additions of 60 names to the NBA family, as well as contracts expiring, lets take a moment to review where each team currently sits as far as its roster. Below you’ll find how each team’s roster stands. For the purpose of this exercise recently selected 2nd round picks will be listed as they are exclusive property of the team. Many will end up being draft & stash players, or on 2 way contracts with their parent club and G-League affiliate, but for now, lets let them enjoy the feeling of being in the league.

BOSTON CELTICS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Al Horford
  • Jae Crowder
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Avery Bradley
  • Isaiah Thomas

Bench:

  • Marcus Smart
  • Jayson Tatum
  • Terry Rozier
  • Tyler Zeller
  • Jordan Mickey
  • Demetrius Jackson
  • Semi Ojeleye
  • Jabari Bird
  • Kadeem Allen

DeAngelo Russell

BROOKLYN NETS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Timofy Mozgov
  • Rondae Hollis Jefferson
  • Caris Levert
  • DeAngelo Russell
  • Jeremy Lin

Bench:

  • Trevor Booker
  • Andrew Nicholson
  • KJ McDaniels
  • Justin Hamilton
  • Quincy Acy
  • Isiah Whitehead
  • Joe Harris
  • Sean Kilpatrick
  • Spencer Dinwiddie
  • Archie Goodwin
  • Jarrett Allen
  • Aleksander Vezenkov

NEW YORK KNICKS

Projected Starting Line Up

  • Kristaps Porzingis
  • Willy Hernangomez
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Courtney Lee
  • Frank Ntilikina

Bench:

  • Joakim Noah
  • Lance Thomas
  • Kyle O’Quinn
  • Mindaugas Kuzminskas
  • Maurice Ndour
  • Marshall Plumlee
  • Chasson Randle
  • Damyean Dotson
  • Ognjen Jaramez

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Joel Embiid
  • Dario Saric
  • Ben Simmons
  • Robert Covington
  • Markelle Fultz

Bench:

  • Jerryd Bayless
  • Gerald Henderson
  • Jahlil Okafor
  • Nik Stauskas
  • Justin Anderson
  • Timothe Luwawu
  • Richaun Holmes
  • TJ McConnell
  • Shawn Long
  • Anzaj Pasecniks
  • Jonah Bolden
  • Matthias Lessort

TORONTO RAPTORS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Jonas Valencionas
  • DeMarre Carroll
  • Demar Derozan
  • Norm Powell
  • Cory Joseph

Bench:

  • Jakob Poeltl
  • Lucas Nogueria
  • Bruno Cabolo
  • Delon Wright
  • Pascal Siakam
  • Fred Van Fleet
  • OG Anunoby

OVERVIEW:

The Celtics big questions surround which direction will they take this summer. Will then trade for a star, sign one in free agency, or rely on organic growth by bringing over former draft & stash picks Ante Zizic and Guerschon Yabusele? The most important member of the 76ers organization will be the team doctor. The 76ers plan on unleashing the results of The Process after years of being awful. But the big 3 of Fultz, Simmons, and Embiid have played a combined 31 games in the NBA. Phil Jackson has already alienated his hall of famer, so the next thing on his check list was to alienate New York’s next best thing, Porzingis. The Nets finally made a move to find a player they could move forward with instead of just treading water (and by treading water I mean drowning miserably) when they took on the albatross of Timofy Mozgov’s contract in exchange for acquiring DeAngelo Russell. Lets hope the Maple Leafs are good, the Raptors went all in last season, acquiring now free agent players PJ Tucker and Serge Ibaka. Combined with Kyle Lowrey reaching free agency, the Raptors could lose 60% of their best starting 5.

  • Jason Sullivan
  • Find me on Twitter @TopDucker
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