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Basketball by Association - Predicting Biggest Atlantic Division Surprises and Disappointments

September 28th, 2012

The Atlantic Division is already generating league-wide interest and buzz as the 2012-13 NBA season approaches.

In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes are joined by Lead Writer Rob Mahoney to nominate which Atlantic Division players will surprise, disappoint and excel this year.

The Boston Celtics completely reloaded their rotation around their next "Big 3" version, while the New York Knicks brought in point guard and big-man help for Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.

The Philadelphia 76ers have a new premier center and plenty of shooters to surround him with.

The Brooklyn Nets arguably changed their roster more than anyone else in the league. Even the Toronto Raptors made a huge splash this offseason, acquiring athletes and toughness at nearly every position.

Despite all these moving parts, we tab the key players who will contribute to the division's narrative all season long.

You can find our full team-by-team Atlantic Division preview here.

Our Pacific Division preview and the individual previews for all 30 NBA teams are here.