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Ranking NBA Atlantic Division Teams After Free Agent Frenzy

Ranking NBA Atlantic Division Teams After Free Agent Frenzy

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The majority of the top free agents have signed with teams, and the offseason is beginning to slow down. Last year, the Atlantic Division was arguably the weakest in the entire NBA, with the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets advancing to the playoffs from it. Here is how the teams stack up for the upcoming season after the 2014 free agent frenzy.

5. Philadelphia 76ers

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5. Philadelphia 76ers

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It would be shocking if the Sixers do not finish last in the Atlantic this year. However, there is hope for the future. Nerlens Noel is ready to go this season and was impressive during Summer League. Joel Embiid, the third pick in the draft, has a promising future despite being injured, Michael Carter-Williams won ROY honors, and Dario Saric will make an impact in the future. This year, though, Philly is nowhere near ready to compete.

4. New York Knicks

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4. New York Knicks

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The Knicks did not solve many issues from last season. Derek Fisher may be a successful coach, but like other rookie coaches, he will struggle at the start. Carmelo Anthony got his deserved payday, but is not surrounded with much talent. Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire are halfway out the door, and J.R. Smith could be traded too. Losing Tyson Chandler will be detrimental for New York's defense, and they will struggle to win games once again.

3. Boston Celtics

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3. Boston Celtics

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The Celtics have so far failed to land a big star this offseason, but they definitely improved. Evan Turner has low-risk, high-reward potential, and re-signing Avery Bradley was vital for Boston's back court. They also drafted Marcus Smart with the sixth pick in the draft, and he could make a serious impact on both ends of the floor right away. Boston is still one or two years away from being a playoff threat, but they may surprise some people.

2. Brooklyn Nets

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2. Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets were quiet during the initial wave of free agency, which was different from the last two years. However, the team may have still quietly improved. Lionel Hollins is an upgrade over Jason Kidd, Jarrett Jack was traded for to replace Shaun Livingston, and the return of All-Star center Brook Lopez could make all the difference for Brooklyn. Ultimately, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson need to have huge seasons if the Nets want to contend.

1. Toronto Raptors

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1. Toronto Raptors

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The reigning division champions will likely enter the season as the favorites to win it again. Toronto re-signed Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson, all very important players during their run last season. In addition, DeMar DeRozan seems to be still improving and is slowly emerging as one of the best scorers in the NBA. Although Brooklyn won in the playoffs, they did not do enough to overtake Toronto as the Atlantic's top team.

Jordan Berkowitz is a Brooklyn Nets and NBA writer for RantSports.com