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Basketball by Association - Predicting Biggest Southeast Division Surprises and Disappointments

October 2nd, 2012

We know we can count on the Miami Heat's Big Three in the Southeast Division, but is anybody else a sure thing?

In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes are joined by lead writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss to nominate which players will surprise, disappoint and excel this year.

The Miami Heat reloaded for their title defense by adding yet more specialists and wings. So too did the Atlanta Hawks bring in a host of shooters while trotting out a rather shallow front line.

The Washington Wizards' new depth and professionalism could make them a fringe playoff team, but all depends on John Wall's health and development.

The Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats will only be playing for lottery balls and the chance to climb out of the Eastern Conference cellar someday.

With a few surprises along the way, we tab the players who will exceed expectations, struggle under the microscope and be among the Division's very best.

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

Our Atlantic, Pacific Division and team-by-team previews are here.