With the regular season right around the corner, TSN.ca profiles each NBA division before the first tip. TSN Basketball analyst Jack Armstrong also gives his pick for division champ and a player to keep an eye on this season. We finish our trip around the NBA with the Southeast Conference where the defending champion Miami Heat begin life without LeBron James, John Wall and the Washington Wizards look to emerge as an Eastern Conference power, while the Hornets return to Charlotte for the first time since 2002. Atlanta Hawks Jeff Teague in 2013-14: 16.5 PPG, 6.7 APG, .438 FG% Coach: Mike Budenholzer (second season) GM: Danny Ferry (third season) Last year: 38-44, fourth in Southeast (eighth in Eastern Conference) Playoffs: Lost in first round to Pacers Notable additions: SG/SF Thabo Sefolosha (acquired from Thunder), PF Adreian Payne (drafted) and SG Kent Bazemore ($4M, two-year deal) Notable subtractions: SF Louis Williams (traded to Raptors) and SF/SG Cartier Martin (signed with Pistons) Hawks Depth Chart POSITION STARTER BENCH Point Guard Jeff Teague Dennis Schroder, Shelvin Mack Shooting Guard Kyle Korver Kent Bazemore, John Jenkins Small Forward DeMarre Carroll Thabo Sefolosha Power Forward Paul Milsap Mike Scott, Elton Brand, Adreian Payne Centre Al Horford Pero Antic, Mike Muscala Few teams are looking forward to the regular season more than the Atlanta Hawks and not because of why they should be looking forward to this year. The Hawks should be looking forward to the regular season because they were gamers in the playoffs. Fading down the stretch in the regular seasons, the Hawks looked to be a soft touch in the postseason, but they were a big surprise, taking the top-seeded Pacers to a surprising seventh game in the first round. That should have been a momentum builder for a team struggling to assert itself in the Eastern Conference. Instead, nobody is even talking about the Hawks on the court. The real reason why the Hawks are looking forward to the regular season is because actual basketball might shift the focus away from their front offices disaster of an offseason. Mired in scandal stemming from a racist e-mail sent by general manager, Danny Ferry (now on leave), the Hawks hope that the regular season will provide some sort of respite from this massive PR nightmare. Though, Ferry isnt with the team or involved with day-to-day operations, the longer the situation persists and the longer the team is in search of new ownership, the Hawks have a cloud hanging over them. As the Clippers can attest to last season, off-court issues will distract as best the players attempt to put them on the backburner. This certainly isnt something any of the players have asked for or deserved, but its up to them to persevere. On the court, the Hawks fortunes are tied to Al Horfords health. Horford going down in December with a shoulder injury (his second major shoulder injury in three seasons) limited him to just 29 games last year and ensured that the Hawks would be life-and-death for the playoffs. A two-time All-Star, Horford can take the Hawks from a very average team to a pretty decent one and a club that will contend for the playoffs. Elsewhere, Thabo Sefolosha returns to the Eastern Conference looking for a fresh start. Sefolosha fell out of favour in Oklahoma City, but feels that he can still be a major contributor and can play starters minutes. Hell be afforded the chance to prove his credentials under Mike Budenholzer and the Hawks will gladly welcome a return to form. Still, the team is in for a fight in the East and might not have the horses to make a return to the postseason. They will need more steady production in the back from Jeff Teague and hope that being in a contract year raises the game of Paul Millsap. If anything, after what theyve gone through with this team, Hawks fans deserve a winner or, at the very least, a club that wont embarrass them on the court. Projection: Fourth in the Southeast (10th in the Eastern Conference) Charlotte Hornets Lance Stephenson in 2013-14 (with Pacers): 13.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, .491 FG% Coach: Steve Clifford (second season) GM: Rich Cho (fourth season) Last year: 43-39, third in Central (seventh in Eastern Conference) Playoffs: Lost in first round to Heat Notable additions: SG Lance Stephenson ($18M, two-year deal), SF/PF Marvin Williams ($14M, two-year deal), SG PJ Hairston (acquired from Heat), PF Noah Vonleh (drafted) and PG Brian Roberts ($5.59M, two-year deal) Notable subtractions: PF Josh McRoberts (signed with Heat), PF Anthony Tolliver (signed with Suns) and PG Luke Ridnour (signed with Magic) Hornets Depth Chart POSITION STARTER BENCH Point Guard Kemba Walker Brian Roberts, Jannero Pargo Shooting Guard Lance Stephenson Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal, PJ Hairston Small Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Jeff Taylor Power Forward Marvin Williams Cody Zeller, Noah Vonleh, Jason Maxiell Centre Al Jefferson Bismack Biyombo The Bobcats are the Hornets again (because the Hornets are the Pelicans now look, lets not get into this. It actually makes sense, I promise) and Charlotte is a team on the upswing after making only its second postseason appearance in a decade Like its first appearance in the playoffs, last season ended in a first-round sweep, but fortunes are looking up for Michael Jordans club. Lance Stephenson comes over from the Pacers as the teams prized free agent signing. Stephenson led the league in triple-doubles last season with five and represents a massive upgrade at the two. Hes a creative, two-way player with explosive speed. He can also be temperamental as seen in last years playoffs, including the ridiculous episode of blowing in LeBron Jamess ear. The Hornets figure that Stephensons extracurriculars can be reined (as well as his below-average shot selection) in Charlotte and he can get a fresh start with a team crying out for a player of his ilk. His contract isnt remotely egregious and, if Stephenson can perform up to the level hes capable of, he could end up being a steal. His partnership with Kemba Walker will be a fun one to watch this season. The other addition to the Hornets starting five is Marvin Williams to replace Josh McRoberts who headed south to Miami. Williams is a serviceable veteran who can stretch the floor, but hes a downgrade to McRoberts, who was a surprisingly adept playmaker for a guy of his size. The addition of Williams should also be seen as a bit of a warning sign to Cody Zeller. If the fourth-overall pick in the 2013 had any designs of starting with McRoberts gone, those were dashed with Williams coming aboard. Zeller got better as his rookie campaign progressed, but hes still a long ways away from being the impact player that Hornets fans hoped they drafted. This is also a pivotal year for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. While a fine perimeter defender who will gladly welcome the help that Stephenson will provide in that regard, MKG has struggled mightily with his offensive game in the pros. A gifted athlete, Kidd-Gilchrists offensive inefficiency is forgiven due to his tenacity for the most part, but his jump shot needs to improve in a hurry so that his offensive game doesnt go from a detractor to an actual burden for the Hornets. The only lights out member of the Hornets frontcourt is Al Jefferson, who quietly had an outstanding season last year (21.8 PPG and 10.8 RPG). The Hornets have more depth this season, but the absence of McRoberts will hurt. That said, Stephenson is going to help a lot and the Hornets should even win their first playoff game this season. They might not take a series, but you will see progress. Projection: Third in the Southeast (sixth in the Eastern Conference) Miami Heat Chris Bosh in 2013-14: 16.2 PPG, 6.6 APG, 1.0 SPG Coach: Erik Spoelstra (seventh season) GM: Pat Riley (20th season) Last year: 54-28, first in Southeast (second in Eastern Conference) Playoffs: Lost in NBA Finals to Spurs Notable additions: SF Luol Deng ($20M, two-year deal), SF Danny Granger ($4.25M, two-year deal), PF Josh McRoberts ($22.65M, four-year deal), SG/PG Shannon Brown (claimed from Knicks) and PG Shabazz Napier (acquired from Hornets) Notable subtractions: SF LeBron James (signed with Cavs), SF Michael Beasley (signed with Grizzlies), SG Mike Miller (signed with Cavs), SG Ray Allen (unsigned) C Greg Oden (unsigned) and SG/SF Shane Battier (retired) Heat Depth Chart POSITION STARTER BENCH Point Guard Norris Cole Mario Chalmers, Shabazz Napier Shooting Guard Dwyane Wade Shannon Brown, Andre Dawkins Small Forward Luol Deng Danny Granger, James Ennis Power Forward Shawne Williams Udonis Haslem, Josh McRoberts (IR) Centre Chris Bosh Chris Andersen, Justin Hamilton A year ago, it would have sounded utterly bizarre, but the Miami Heat finds itself in the role of underdog for the first time in recent memory. With LeBron James taking his talents away from South Beach and the Big Three down to a duo, there are no more givens in Miami and this team will have to fight for everything it gets this season. Obviously, the best player on the planet is irreplaceable and the hole LBJ leaves is immense, but there are still some very good basketball players on this team and the Heat are far from dead just yet. As the forgotten member of the Miami troika, people tend to overlook just how dominant Chris Bosh has proven himself capable of being. Its not so much that he forgot to how to hack and slash in the paint or be a double-double man every night, menacing the boards when he left Toronto his role changed. He was no longer the focal point of an offence and he dropped back into a tertiary role. With James gone and Dwyane Wades health of constant concern, the Miami Heat is very much Chris Boshs team right now. I dont think anybody is expecting him to score the near 25 points a night he averaged in his final year in Toronto, but youre going to see an assertiveness that Bosh has yet to show with the Heat. Choosing to stick with the Heat, rather than signing with the Houston Rockets and becoming the third guy in another Big Three, Bosh has reaffirmed his desire to be a number-one scoring option and lead a team. In many ways, this could be the most important season in his career. As for Wade, Erik Spoelstra had the luxury of resting the 10-time All-Star as often as he liked last season, knowing that the scoring would be taken care of from James. It was more important to have Wade ready for a playoff run. That luxury doesnt exist anymore. Not to take anything away from what a Luol Deng or a Josh McRoberts can bring to the table, the Heat will need more from Flash. Wade is an all-time great and will welcome the challenge its all a matter of his body being willing to do so. Hes only 32, but its an old 32, considering the wear and tear. Wade hasnt played anything close to a full season in three years, so it might be optimistic to expect him to do so now. As Wade goes, so will the Heat. Even after Jamess exit, the Heat retain a vast majority of last seasons team. Along with Bosh and Wade, the likes of Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and Birdman Andersen are back in tow. Obviously, the loss of James means big changes in terms of actual systems and a game plan, but Spoelstra has players he can trust and is greatly familiar with to make those adjustments. The Heat will struggle like they havent in sometime, but the post-James era wont be nearly as rough as their first season after Shaquille ONeal left where the team was the worst in the conference. Though not the juggernaut they were, not close, the Heat will still be a playoff team and they have enough veteran savvy and quality to make the team that everybody will want to avoid in the first round. Projection: Second in Southeast (fifth in Eastern Conference) Orlando Magic Victor Oladipo in 2013-14: 13.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.1 APG Coach: Jacque Vaughn (third season) GM: Rob Hennigan Last year: 23-59, fifth in Southeast (12th in Eastern Conference) Playoffs: Did not qualify Notable additions: PF Aaron Gordon (drafted), PF/C Channing Frye ($32M, four-year deal), SG Evan Fournier (acquired from Nuggets), PG Elfrid Payton (acquired from Sixers), SG Willie Green (claimed from Clippers), SG Ben Gordon ($9M, two-year deal) and PG Luke Ridnour ($5M, two-year deal) Notable subtractions: PG Jameer Nelson (waived, signed with Mavericks), SG Arron Afflalo (traded to Nuggets) and SG/PG ETwaun Moore (signed with Bulls) Magic Depth Chart POSITION STARTER BENCH Point Guard Elfrid Payton Luke Ridnour Shooting Guard Evan Fournier Ben Gordon, Willie Green, Victor Oladipo (IR) Small Forward Maurice Harkless Devyn Marble Power Forward Tobias Harris Aaron Gordon, Kyle OQuinn, Channing Frye (IR) Centre Nikola Vucevic Andrew Nicholson, Dewayne Dedmon The Magic were in the basement of the Southeast a year ago and will be back there again this season. The team went with youth in a big way last season with impressive rookie Victor Oladipo being thrown right into the fire, playing 31 minutes a night and finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting. Theyre going to do that again this season, but theyve supplemented the kids with some savvy veterans. Still, this team is going to have trouble scoring and the goal this season will be an attempt to form some sort of identity going forward. In Junes draft, the Magic just missed out on one of the three franchise-changers in Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid and went with a guy considered a reach with the fourth pick in Aaron Gordon. Gordon has a good head on his shoulders and is a superior athlete with impressive smarts. Hes got a good first step and doesnt take plays off. The issue with Gordon is the questions around whether or not hes going to be able to score at an NBA level. He scored 12.4 points a game in his only year at Arizona and doesnt handle the ball particularly well. Hes not the thickest guy in the world and will certainly need to bulk up. Dont look for Gordon to be given the responsibility that Oladipo was last season and thats for the best because Oladipo was much more of a polished product coming out of Indiana. Still, hes only 19 and has room to grow and Orlando is a great situation for that. The teams other first-rounder, Elfrid Payton, Jr., son of CFL Hall of Famer, Elfrid Payton, is likely to see more of a workload than Gordon in his freshman campaign out of necessity. With Jameer Nelson allowed to go in search of a winner, Payton gets to start at the one. A tenacious defender, look for Payton to be among the leagues leaders in steals in a hurry. Hes big for a point guard and cuts well, but will need to work on his shot. Like Gordon (and most rookies, for that matter), Payton is going to need to pack on the muscle. The biggest challenge for the Magic seems to be on whos going to score for this team. With Arron Afflalo and his near 19 points a game back in Denver and Oladipo on the shelf to start the year (next to the absurdly overpaid Channing Frye), theres no obvious offensive leader. Tobias Harris regressed offensively last season and is a potential trade candidate and, while Nikola Vucevic looks to be a double-double guy every night, hes not a dynamic scorer. The Magic are a couple of year away from contending for a playoff spot, but they have a couple of very nice pieces, and, by the time the team will be fighting for the postseason, the likes of Oladipo, Gordon and Payton will be just at the cusp of their best years. Couple that with another high lottery pick this year and the Magics cupboard is far from bare. Projected finish: Fifth in Southeast (12th in Eastern Conference) Washington Wizards John Wall in 2013-14: 19.3 PPG, 8.8 APG, .351 3P% Coach: Randy Wittman (third season) GM: Ernie Grunfeld (12th season) Last year: 44-38, second in Southeast (fifth in Eastern Conference) Playoffs: Lost in Eastern Conference semi-finals to Pacers Notable additions: SF Paul Pierce ($10.85M, two-year deal), PF/C DeJuan Blair (acquired from Mavericks), PF/C Kris Humphries (acquired from Celtics) and SF Rasual Butler ($1.45M, one-year deal) Notable subtractions: SF/SG Trevor Ariza (traded to Rockets) and PF Trevor Booker (signed with Jazz) Wizards Depth Chart POSITION STARTER BENCH Point Guard John Wall Andre Miller, Garrett Temple Shooting Guard Glen Rice, Jr. Martell Webster, Bradley Beal (IR) Small Forward Paul Pierce Otto Porter, Jr., Rasual Butler Power Forward Nene Hilario DeJuan Blair, Drew Gooden Centre Marcin Gortat Kris Humphries, Kevin Seraphin The Washington Wizards would have gladly driven LeBron Jamess personal effects back to Akron, Ohio had he asked. The team that gained the second-most with James returning to the Cavs, the Wizards smell blood in the Southeast. The team is positioned to capture their first division crown since 1979 when the Bullets made an NBA Finals appearance. But it wont come without adversity. The first challenge facing the Wizards is an injury to one half of the House of Guards in Bradley Beal. Breaking his wrist in the preseason, Beal was lucky not to incur any ligament damage, which would have put his entire season in question. As it stands, Beal should be out until mid-December, though, the two-guard himself is optimistic about coming back earlier than that. The 21-year-old is coming off of a breakout campaign in his sophomore season and forms, along with John Wall, one of the most dynamic young backcourts in the NBA. The sooner Beal is back, the better. Randy Wittmans team feels prepared to weather the storm of his absence, namely because of Wall. Blistering speed, supreme vision and no shortage of panache have made the 24-year-old one of the best point guards in the NBA with a claim to perhaps being the best. An absolutely mind-blowing statistic about the emergence of Wall: the former Kentucky Wildcat assisted on 43 per cent of every field goal made when he was on the court last season. Even with Beal out, the Wizards backcourt is in good hands with Wall, but Beal isnt the only injury concern there. Veteran Martell Webster is still feeling the aftereffects of a lingering back injury and Glen Rice, Jr., is banged up with an ankle sprain. Otto Porter, Jr., a forward by trade, will start the year at shooting guard. Though out of position, the Wizards believe that Porters athleticism is enough to adequately defend at the two. If youre talking about the Wizards and health, youd be remiss not to mention Nene. With Paul Pierce, who proved last season that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated (just ask Kyle Lowry), and Marcin Gortat, who just missed out on averaging a double-double a night in his first year in DC (and was rewarded with a bumper new deal), comprising two-thirds of a solid frontcourt, the onus falls on the big Brazilian to stay fit. Nenes two full seasons in Washington havent exactly been that, missing 21 games two years ago and 29 games last year. When hes healthy, Nene is fine contributor on both sides of the ball and an imposing figure in the paint. The acquisitions of DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries provide depth when it comes to bigs, but this Wizards team will be at its best if Nene is playing significant minutes. If the team can manage Beals early injury, make up for the loss of Trevor Arizas athleticism and get close to a full season out of Nene, the Wizards win this division. None is a given, but all three can be done and the Miami Heat are looking at the usurpers of their division crown. Projection: First in Southeast (fourth in Eastern Conference) Jack Armstrongs Pick: Bradley Beal in 2013-14: 17.1 PPG, 3.1 APG, .402 3P% Washington Wizards - The Wizards will deal with the early injury to Bradley Beal just fine and the leadership of Paul Pierce will help. Theres a good talent level there and John Wall is still emerging. They gotta keep Nene healthy, though. Hes a bit fragile. Jack Armstrongs Player to Watch: Dwyane Wade in 2013-14 (54 games): 19.0 PPG, 4.7 APG, .545 FG% Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat - Its funny how just a few weeks ago NFL fans were questioning how much Tom Brady had left. Well, not anymore. Those same questions exist here with Wade and they might be more relevant. Can he still bring it? Yes. Can he do it 75-80 times a year? Not anymore. Hell still be Flash, but not as consistently as in past years. Yeezy 350 v2 Static Pas Cher . 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Siddikur, who shot a bogey-free first round to share the lead with five others, eagled the par-5 first hole before bogeying twice and rebounding with six birdies.RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- With a spectacular swivel-and-strike, James Rodriguez provided one of the highlights of the World Cup and gave Brazil reason to worry. Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday -- setting up a meeting with the host nation. Rodriguez added to his growing list memorable moments in Brazil when he gave his team the lead with a long-range volley as he turned in the 28th minute. He scored the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated an Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez. "I think now the toughest is coming up," Rodriguez said of the quarterfinal match against Brazil. "Im happy because we are making history and as a young man I dreamed of being here. And of course we want to do even more." Rodriguez now has a tournament-leading five goals in Brazil and further enhanced his status as perhaps the World Cups biggest revelation. In the absence of injured star Radamel Falcao, the Monaco winger has become the focal point of a Colombia team that won all three of its group games with impressive attacking play. Uruguay, meanwhile, simply couldnt find anyone to fill the absence of Suarez. The team struggled badly in attack and replacement striker Diego Forlan was substituted in the 53rd after a disappointing performance in what was likely his final World Cup appearance. Colombia is playing its first World Cup since 1998 and has already achieved its best-ever result. "Congratulations to all the Colombian people," said coach Jose Pekerman, who is from Argentina. "The people in Colombia deserve this." Colombia will play Brazil in the quarterfinals on July 4 in Fortaleza after the host nation beat Chile in a penalty shootout earlier Saturday. But Rodriguez showed once again that the Brazilians have every reason to be wary of Colombia. The opener was his most spectacular goal yet. He chested the ball down with his back to goal well outside the area and in one fluid motion turned around and fired a left-foot volley that went off the underside of the crossbar and into the net. It was a goal that came seemingly out of nowhere and provided another example of the technique and creativity that has madee Rodriguez one of the standout players of the tournament.dddddddddddd Uruguay defender Alvaro Pereira tried to clear the ball with a diving header, but it went straight to Abel Aguilar, who headed it forward toward Rodriguez. His manoeuvr only took a split second and left goalkeeper Fernando Muslera flailing helplessly as the ball looped over him and into the net. Rodriguez ran over the corner flag and thrust both hands out to his sides in a "how about that" gesture. "I think he is the best player of the tournament so far," Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. Rodriguezs second was a perfectly executed team move as Colombia worked the ball over from the right flank to the left, where Pablo Armero sent in a cross that was met by Juan Cuadrado at the far post. Cuadrado headed back across goal toward Rodriguez, who slotted in from just a few yards (meters) out. This time, the entire team ran over the corner flag for a celebratory dance. Tabarez tried to respond with a double substitution, taking off Forlan and Alvaro Pereira for Gaston Ramirez and Cristhian Stuani. That livened up the attack, with goalkeeper David Ospina having to make good saves from Cristhian Rodriguez and Maxi Pereira before diving to push away a shot from Edinson Cavani in the 84th. But in the end Uruguay simply couldnt cope without Suarez, who was banned for four months for biting an opponent in the group-stage victory against Italy that sent the team through to the next round. Suarez also missed Uruguays first game of the tournament, a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, before scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over England. "We all knew what happened, but we had to forget about it and think positive," Tabarez said. "Suarez is a great player, and I dont need to say it. He is very important. But we knew he wasnt going to play." ------ Lineups: Colombia: David Ospina; Cristian Zapata, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero, Juan Zuniga; Carlos Sanchez Abel Aguilar, Juan Cuadrado (Fredy Guarin, 81), James Rodriguez (Adrian Ramos, 85); Teofilo Gutierrez (Alexander Mejia, 68), Jackson Martinez. Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Diego Godin, Alvaro Pereira (Cristhian Stuani, 53), Cristian Rodriguez, Martin Caceres; Jose Gimenez, Maxi Pereira, Egidio Arevalo, Alvaro Gonzalez (Abel Hernandez, 67); Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan (Gaston Ramirez, 53). ' ' '