Unfortunately, the Southeast Division won't be incredibly competitive this year. It makes the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Southeast Division Preview a little sad to be honest. There's a lot of potential on these rosters, but the Heat look like they'll be the only team truly contending for a championship.
The Heat made an incredible run to the finals last season but ultimately were just another obstacle for the steamrolling run of the Denver Nuggets. Miami return much of their roster and will certainly be the favorites to win the southeastern division.
The Heat lost three rotation players this past offseason: Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, and Victor Oladipo. But their core of Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, and Bam Adebayo remains intact and is sure to lead the Heat to win the southeast division once again.
The most prominent challengers to the Heat are the Atlanta Hawks. They lost athletic big man John Collins in a trade to the Jazz, but they kept the rest of their core. They’ll carry a strong starting lineup of Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Saddiq Bey, and Clint Capela into the 2023-24 season.
The Hornets continue to find drama all around them, and likely won’t contend this season. LaMelo Ball is back to lead an offense supported by Terry Rozier, Miles Bridges (once he’s back from suspension), and young big man Mark Williams.
The Magic could make some noise this season. Led by their young guns Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, and Markelle Fultz, this team could find success if they continue to gel. Still, a playoff berth would be something of a surprise given the team’s complete lack of success in recent history.
2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Southeast Division Preview
New Faces in the Division
- Miami Heat: Jaime Jaquez
- Atlanta Hawks: Kobe Bufkin, Mouhamed Gueye, Seth Lundy
- Washington Wizards: Bilal Coulibaly
- Charlotte Hornets: Brandon Miller, Nick Smith Jr., Amari Bailey
- Orlando Magic: Anthony Black, Jett Howard
There aren’t a lot of clear contributors in this bunch. Anthony Black and Brandon Miller are the most likely to have fantasy-friendly games, but their games don’t appear to be well-rounded enough to give them the playing time they’ll need to put up serious value.
Coulibaly is the biggest sleeper on this list. Once he’s acclimated to the NBA style of play, the 19-year-old will get all the minutes he can handle on this horrid Wizards team. He has 1/1/1 potential with a smattering of rebounds if he plays enough.
Impact Free Agents
Thomas Bryant and Josh Richardson will shore up the Heat bench, and give the front office more leeway in the case of a potential Damian Lillard trade.
Wesley Matthews brings a veteran presence along with a great 3&D skillset.
The Wizards have a wide-open roster this season. Poole should have the green light night after night and has a shot to average 25 points per game with a bevy of three-pointers and a handful of assists. He has a high ceiling, but it’s going to get ugly sometimes in terms of efficiency.
Tyus Jones looks like he’ll find top-70 value through assists, steals, and efficiency, with a few three-pointers sprinkled in.
In general, the rest of the division didn’t make moves via trade. The Hawks traded for Patty Mills, who will slot in as a backup guard behind Young and Murray. Mills isn’t really worth drafting but is worth streaming when the Hawks have a high-volume week.
Draft With Confidence
PG - Trae Young, LaMelo Ball, Tyus Jones
SG - Terry Rozier, Dejounte Murray, Jordan Poole, Tyler Herro
SF - Jimmy Butler, Franz Wagner
PF - Kyle Kuzma, Paolo Banchero
C - Bam Adebayo, Clint Capela, Mark Williams
Category Specific Players
Three-Pointers: Bogdan Bogdanovic
Efficiency: Gordon Hayward
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