By: Kenneth J. Chang
1. Miami Heat
Key Additions: Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller, Zydrunas Illguaskas
Key Losses: Michael Beasley, Quentin Richardson, Jermaine O'neal
Prognosis: With the signings of three of the top ten players in the NBA, the Heat instantly becomes the most talented team in the East with Dwyane Wade, James, and Bosh all in their prime. Pencil in the addition of the league's most accurate three-point marksman in Miller, the resigning of rugged rebounder/defender Udonis Haslem, and veteran floor spacer Illguaskas, the Heat has a relatively inexpensive but talented bench. Keep in mind Miami will have money available to add to their core in the coming years in what can become a potential dynasty down in South Florida. There are concerns with the size of the frontline and its point guard play but the most important question is how this team will gel with two alpha-dogs in James and Wade.
2. Orlando Magic
Key Additions: Chris Duhon, Quentin Richardson
Key Losses: Matt Barnes
Prognosis: Just two years removed from an appearance in the NBA finals, the Magic looked for cohesion this offseason after overhauling the team last summer. GM Otis Smith and company hope that another year in the system will help guard Vince Carter settle into the role he was expected to fill. Minor tweaks were made to the roster with the signing of Duhon who is expected to soldify the reserve point guard position that has been musical chairs in past seasons. Richardson will essentially replace Barnes and will provide more accurate three-point shooting and similar toughness. More important though is the continued development of superstar Dwight Howard who has been working with NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon this summer.