Anyone for the Toronto Raptors to worry about from the Southeast Division?

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TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 29: Malcolm Delaney /

As we prepare for the Toronto Raptors 2018-2019 season, we take a look at across the league, including the Southeast Division.

The Toronto Raptors are stuck in the hardest division in the Eastern Conference. The Southeast Division is exactly the opposite of that.

The Southeast Division is one mixed with re-building teams and underperforming teams. This trend will continue into the 2018-2019 NBA season where there could be as few as two teams from the division represented in the playoffs.

Other teams in the Eastern Conference will look forward to facing this division and the Western Conference will enjoy their road trips that are heavily weighted in opponents from this division. In such a blah group, most exciting teams in the Southeast are the Washington Wizards and the Miami Heat.

The Washington Wizards are an enigma, they have the parts to be an elite team, but perhaps lack the coaching to help them reach their potential. The Miami Heat have a championship front office and coaching staff but are a few pieces away from the top tier of the conference.

The rest of the group is far from good and perhaps not even average.

The Charlotte Hornets have some exciting pieces but seem to be floundering in the bottom half of the league. The Orlando Magic are in the middle of a re-build but seem to be trending in the right direction of the pieces in both the front office and young personnel. Finally, the Atlanta Hawks are further behind in their re-build but could have the potential to make a few steps forward with some of their team pieces.

So let’s take a look at the entire division, starting with the lowly Atlanta Hawks.