Southeast Division Quick Takes: Not too much to get excited about here
The Wizards brought in a former star and still have unrealistic expectations
Two seasons ago John Wall thought the Cavaliers tried their best not to be the number one seed in the East to avoid playing the Wizards in the second round. And Bradley Beal even went as far as saying he thought Washington was the best team in the conference. Now I can safely say that the Wizards will be better than Cleveland next season and that’s as far as I’m going with compliments where they’re concerned. Owner Ted Leonis said the goal this season is to reach the Eastern Conference finals. And I say there’s nothing like wishful thinking. Oh, and did you hear Dwight Howard now plays in the nation’s capital?
It’s an understatement to say that Hasaan Whiteside and the Heat weren’t happy with each other last season and ESPN’s Jorge Sodano thinks it’s in MIami’s best interest to part ways with the 7-foot center.
“If Pat’s [Heat president Pat Riley] smart, he’ll take whatever he’s got to take back to just get him off the books because I just don’t think this is going to work,” Sedano said.
It’s pretty clear him and coach Erik Spoelstra don’t see eye to eye, Hassan and Spo, You’ve got to move him. He’s not a winning player. He reminds me — and I loved Michael Beasley as a guy — but he reminds me of a 7-foot Michael Beasley but a little more cantankerous and a little more destructive in the locker room.
First round draft pick Trae Young had plenty of struggles in the summer league, which elicited a whole lot of “bust” predictions. It’s way too early for that kind of talk, but I do have a pretty strong gut feeling that a number of players selected after Young will have better NBA careers.
The Hornets have had back-to-back 36-46 seasons in which they failed to make the playoffs and the forecast doesn’t look bright much brighter this year. If they’re out of the playoff picture early, the big question will be if they look to trade impending free agent Kemba Walker.
Jonathan Isaac, who was the 6th overall pick in 2017 and was limited to 27 games due to an injury-plagued rookie season, will be the player I will have my eye on most in Orlando. The Magic need Isaac to show the potential they saw in him that led them to select him over the likes of Donovan Mitchell, Lauri Markkanen and Dennis Smith Jr.