For the start of the new season, Jordan Bellant and Ben Gulker are bringing you a full preview of the Eastern Conference.
Jordan and Ben invite a guest to discuss each division in the conference. On for the Southeast Division is Jacob Kuyvenhoven, frequent podcast guest who is also covering the Grand Rapids Drive this season.
The Southeast starts with the Orlando Magic (2:40). Unlike the Atlantic, the bottom teams in the Southeast might actually be competitive and worthy of playoff consideration. The defense might improve, but the offense had the potential to be terrible (5:35). Ben sees potential for a dominant front court duo in Biyombo & Ibaka (7:00). Then, the attention turns to the many young and exciting players on the Magic (11:25). To close the Magic, a conversation about where new coach Frank Vogel ranks among his peers in the Southeast (16:40).
The fourth team in the Southeast is the Miami Heat (20:25). Could the Heat copy what the Blazers did last season (24:00)? Ben compares Justise Winslow to Stanley Johnson (27:35) and Jacob breaks down Josh (not Jason) Richardson’s game (28:35). We all know Erik Spoelstra has ringz, but how good is he (30:45)? Last words on the Heat; Ben and Jacob discuss the franchise and their unsettled future (33:15).
Moving on to the top three teams in the Southeast, it starts with the Wizards (36:05). Chemistry is a potential issue for the Wizards and new coach Scott Brooks (39:40). Wall vs. Beal is the main story, but what about the rest of the roster (41:55)? Really, this team is in desperate need of "someone else who can do something" (46:15).
The Hawks come in at #2 in the division, with the guys giving them a shot at the top spot (50:20). Jacob and Jordan are unsure on their opinion of the Hawks, but Ben has an idea on their ceiling (51:50). Injurires aside, there are some new faces that could determine the Hawks fate this season. Starting with Dwight Howard (53:30), the trio discuss what to expect from D12 in ATL. A conversation about Denis Schroder leads Ben to compare his situation to Reggie Jackson’s career (1:01:05). After Jacob offers a trade package for Paul Millsap (1:02:35), the word "volatility" gets thrown around when trying to project wins and losses (1:04:40).
The Charlotte Hornets check in as the top team in our Southeast Preview (1:06:40). Jacob and Ben share their reasons to be optimistic about the Hornets. This was a team that lost three rotation players, so Jordan challenges that optimism (1:11:30). Ben analyzes how the team matches up to the other top teams in the East (1:14:40). Jacob brings up another intriguing trade (1:18:00), but still thinks the team is top notch.
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