NBA Podcast: Predicting Biggest Southeast Division Surprises and Disappointments

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorOctober 2, 2012

Will Josh Smith surprise, disappoint and/or be one of the division's best?
Will Josh Smith surprise, disappoint and/or be one of the division's best?Grant Halverson/Getty Images

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.

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The Miami Heat reloaded for their title defense by adding yet more specialists and wings.The Atlanta Hawks also brought in a host of shooters and trotted out a rather shallow front line.

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

The Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats will be playing only 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.

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