The NBA's most competitive division from top to bottom, the Southeast looks tougher than ever for 2013-14.
Near the floor (there really is no basement here), the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks underwent some massive offseason roster changes. Will the respective young guns or old hands get into the playoff fringe? Whoever first discovers their chemistry and ensures real depth is likely to have the upper hand.
The Memphis Grizzlies always seem to be overlooked, but they're sure bets for the postseason due to their stellar starting five, gritty style and improved depth. But do they have enough to stave off their rivals in the conference arms race?
What to make of the newfangled Houston Rockets?
Flush with talent, a high ceiling and just as many questions, they're prime competitors for what the Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs previously owned outright. Yet every time one questions the Spurs, they outpace expectations and remain a contender. So who ensures they can do it again?
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We'll preview the key storylines for the entire division while predicting the outcome and final standings, and we're especially interested to hear your take on the situation in the comments section!
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