NBA capsules: Team by team

  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, center, watches as the referee calls a penalty on the Celtics in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, center, watches as the referee calls a penalty on the Celtics in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) waves to fans during a timeout of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in Miami. The Nets won 108-87. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) waves to fans during a timeout of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in Miami. The Nets won 108-87. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, center, watches as the referee calls a penalty on the Celtics in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) waves to fans during a timeout of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in Miami. The Nets won 108-87. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(In predicted order of finish)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ATLANTIC DIVISION

Brooklyn Nets

Coach: Jason Kidd (first year).

Last year: 49-33 (4th in East).

Key returning players: Deron Williams (18.9 ppg., 7.7 apg., 2.6 rpg.); Joe Johnson (16.3 ppg., 3.5 apg., 3.0 rpg.), Brook Lopez (19.4 ppg., 6.9 rpg.)

Key additions: Kevin Garnett (14.8 ppg., 7.8 rpg.), Paul Pierce (18.6 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 4.8 apg.), Jason Terry (10.1 ppg.).

Outlook: The Nets are an aging team but are going for it this year. Garnett brings some needed toughness and the Nets are a major Eastern Conference contender.

New York Knicks

Coach: Mike Woodson (278-320).

Last year: 54-28 (2nd in East).

Key returning players: Carmelo Anthony (28.7 ppg., 6.9 rpg.), J.R. Smith (18.1 ppg., 35.6 three-pt. percentage), Tyson Chandler (10.4, ppg., 10.7 rpg., 1.1 bpg).

Key additions: Andrea Bargnani (12.7 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 30.9 three-pt. percentage), Metta World Peace (12.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg).

Outlook: Bargnani could give the offense a major lift while Metta World Peace adds needed toughness.

Toronto Raptors

Coach: Dwane Casey (110-160).

Last year: 34-48 (10th in East).

Key returning players: DeMar DeRozan (18.1 ppg., 3.9 rpg.), Rudy Gay (18.2 ppg., 6.1 rpg.), Kyle Lowry (11.6 ppg., 6.4 apg.).

Key additions: Tyler Hansbrough (7.0 ppg., 4.6 rpg.), Austin Daye (4.5 ppg., 2.2 rpg.) Dwight Buycks (rookie guard from Marquette).

Outlook: Acquiring Gay at midseason boosted the offense. The Raptors could make a run at a low playoff seed.

Boston Celtics

Coach: Brad Stevens (first year).

Last year: 41-40 (7th in East).

Key returning players: Jeff Green (12.8 ppg., 3.9 rpg.), Rajon Rondo (13.7 ppt., 11.1 apg., 1.8 spg.), Avery Bradley (9.2 ppg., 2.1 apg., 1.3 spg.).

Key additions: Kelly Olynyk (first-round pick from Gonzaga), Gerald Wallace (7.7 ppg., 3.6 rpg.).

Outlook: Green averaged 20.3 points in the playoff series loss to the Knicks and will now be the leader of a young team. The return of point guard Rondo, coming off ACL surgery, isn’t yet known.

Philadelphia 76ers

Coach: Brett Brown (first year).

Last year: 34-48 (9th in East).

Key returning players: Thaddeus Young (14.8 ppg., 7.5 rpg), Spencer Hawes (11.0 ppg., 7.2 rpg.), Evan Turner (13.3 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 4.3 apg.)

Key additions: Point guard Michael Carter-Williams (first round pick from Syracuse).

Outlook: The consensus projection is that the Sixers are the worst team in the Eastern Conference and possibly the NBA.

CENTRAL DIVISION

Indiana Pacers

Coach: Frank Vogel (111-74).

Last year: 49-32 (3rd in the East).

Key returning players: Paul George (17.4 ppg., 7.6 rpg., 4.1 apg.), Roy Hibbert (11.9 ppg., 8.6 rpg., 2.6 bpg.), David West (17.1 ppg., 7.7 rpg., 2.9 apg.)

Key additions: Luis Scola (12.8 ppg., 6.6 rpg.), C.J. Watson (6.8 ppg., 2.0 apg.), Chris Copeland (8.7 ppg., 2.1 rpg.).

Outlook: George, armed with a new contract extension, is emerging as one of the top two-way performers in the NBA.

Chicago Bulls

Coach: Tom Thibodeau (157-73).

Last year: 45-37 (5th in the East).

Key returning players: Derrick Rose (21.8 ppg., 7.9 apg. in 2011-2012), Luol Deng (3.0 apg.) 16.5 ppg., 6.3 rpg.) Joakim Noah (11.9 ppg., 11.1 rpg., 2.1 bpg.)

Key additions: Mike Dunleavy (10.5 ppg., 42.8 three-point percentage), Tony Snell (first-round draft pick, University of New Mexico).

Outlook: With the return of Rose who missed last year due to ACL surgery, Chicago is a viable Eastern Conference contender.

Detroit Pistons

Coach: Maurice Cheeks (first year with Pistons, 284-286).

Last year: 29-53 (11th in the East).

Key returning players: Greg Monroe (16.0 ppg., 9.6 rpg., 3.5 apg.), Andre Drummond (7.9 ppg., 7.6 rpg.), Rodney Stuckey (11.5 ppg., 3.6 apg.)

Key additions: Brandon Jennings (17.5 ppg., 6.5 apg.), Josh Smith (17.5 ppg., 8.4 rpg., 4.2 apg.), Kentavious Caldwel-Pope (first round pick Georgia).

Outlook: The Pistons will have to survive early-season injuries to Stuckey and Jennings but this should be among the improved teams.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Coach: Mike Brown (314-167).

Last year: 24-58 (13th in the East).

Key returning players: Kyrie Irving (22.5 ppg., 5.9 apg., 1.5 spg.), Dion Waiters (14.7 ppg., 3.0 apg.), Tristan Thompson (11.7 ppg., 9.4 rpg.).

Key additions: Anthony Bennett (overall No. 1 pick from UNLV), Andrew Bynum (18.7 ppg., 11.8 in 2011-2012, didn’t play last season with Sixers)

Outlook: Bynum is still having knee problems and Anderson Varejao, who missed 92 games the past two years, must stay healthy.

Milwaukee Bucks

Coach: Larry Drew (128-102).

Last year: 38-44 (8th in the East).

Key returning players: Ersan Ilyasova (13.2 ppg., 7.1 rpg.), Larry Sanders (9.8 ppg., 9.5 rpg., 2.8 bpg.), John Henson (6.0 ppg., 4.7 rpg.)

Key additions: O.J. Mayo (15.3 ppg., 4.4 apg., 3.5 rpg.), Caron Butler (10.4 ppg., 2.9 rpg.), Brandon Knight (13.3 ppg., 4.0 apg.)

Outlook: Drew takes over a team in transition and must replace its top two scorers, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION

Miami Heat

Coach: Erik Spoelstra (260-134).

Last year: 66-16 (1st in East).

Key returning players: LeBron James (26.8 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 7.3 apg.), Dwayne Wade (21.2 ppg., 5.0 rpg. 5.1 apg.), Chris Bosh (16.6 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 1.7 bpg.)

Key additions: Greg Oden (hasn’t played since 2009-2010 season), Michael Beasley (10.1 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)

Outlook: Even though age is creeping on the Heat and Wade has to show he can stay healthy, any team with James remains and a solid supporting cast remains the NBA favorite.

Atlanta Hawks

Coach: Mike Budenholzer (first year).

Last year: 44-38 (6th in the East).

Key returning players: Al Horford (17.5 ppg., 8.4 rpg., 1.8 bpg.), Jeff Teague (14.6 ppg., 7.2 apg.), Lou Williams (14.1 ppg., 3.6 apg.

Key additions: Paul Milsap (14.6 ppg., 7.1 rpg.) Dennis Schroder (first round pick, Germany), Elton Brand (7.2 ppg., 6.0 rpg.)

Outlook: After losing Josh Smith in free agency, the Hawks may take a step back.

Washington Wizards

Coach: Randy Wittman (147-291).

Last year: 29-53 (12th in East).

Key returning players: John Wall (18.5 ppg., 7.6 apg., 4.0 rpg.), Bradley Beal (13.9 ppg., 3.8 rpg.), Nene (12.6 ppg., 6.7 rpg.).

Key additions: Al Harrington (5.1 ppg., 2.7 rpg.), Otto Porter (first-round pick from Georgetown).

Outlook: The Wizards were 5-28 without Wall and after getting a contract extension is intent on leading the Washington to its first playoff berth since the 2007-2008 season.

Charlotte Bobcats

Coach: Steve Clifford (first year).

Last year: 21-61 (14th in the East).

Key returning players: Gerald Henderson (15.5 ppg., 3.7 rpg.), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (9.0 ppg., 5.8 rpg.), Kemba Walker (17.7 ppg., 5.7 apg.).

Key additions: Cody Zeller (first round draft choice from Indiana), Al Jefferson (17.8 ppg., 9.2 rpg.)

Outlook: Jefferson, who was sidelined with an ankle injury during the preseason, gives them needed scoring.

Orlando Magic

Coach: Jacque Vaughn (20-62).

Last year: 20-62 (15th in East).

Key returning players: Arron Affalo (17.3 ppg., 8.5 rpg.), Jameer Nelson (14.7 ppg., 7.4 apg.), Nik Vucevic (13.1 ppg., 11.9 rpg.)

Key additions: Victor Oladipo (first round pick from Indiana), Jason Maxiell (6.9 ppg., 3.8 rpg.).

Outlook: This is a team that is rebuilding and could struggle to match last year’s win total.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

NORTHWEST DIVISION

Oklahoma City Thunder

Coach: Scott Brooks (234-137).

Last year: 60-22 (1st in the West).

Key returning players: Kevin Durant (28.1 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 4.6 apg.), Russell Westbrook (23.2 ppg., 7.4 apg., 5.2 rpg.), Serge Ibaka (13.2 ppg., 7.7 rpg. 3.0 bpg.).

Key additions: Steven Adams (first round draft choice from Pittsburgh).

Outlook: A key will be how well Westbrook returns from his knee injury because without him, the Thunder struggled in the playoffs.

Denver Nuggets

Coach: Brian Shaw (first year).

Last year: 57-25 (3rd in the West).

Key returning players:

Ty Lawson (16.7 ppg., 6.9 apg.), Danilo Gallinari

(16.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg.).

Key additions: Nate Robinson (13.1 ppg., 4.4 apg.), Randy Foye (10.8 ppg., 2.0 apg.)

Outlook: Denver appears just below the top teams in the Western Conference.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Coach: Rick Adelman (1002-707).

Last year: 31-51 (12th in West).

Key returning players: Kevin Love (18.3 ppg., 14.0 rpg., 2.3 apg.), Nikola Pekovic (16.3 ppg., 8.8 rpg.), Ricky Rubio (10.7 ppg., 7.3 apg.)

Key additions: Kevin Martin (14.0 ppg., 2.3 rpg.), Corey Brewer (12.9 ppg., 2.9 rpg.); Shabazz Muhammad (first round pick from UCLA acquired in a trade).

Outlook: The Wolves should be improved and Martin gives them some needed shooting, but a lack of depth will hurt.

Utah Jazz

Coach: Tyrone Corbin (87-89).

Last year: 43-39 (9th in West).

Key returning players: Gordon Hayward (14.1 ppg., 3.1 rpg., 41.5 three-point percentage), Derrick Favors (9.4 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 1.7 bpg.).

Key additions: Trey Burke (first round draft choice from Michigan), Richard Jefferson (3.1 ppg., 1.5 rpg.).

Outlook: The Jazz could take a step back, but they are building with solid young players like Hayward and Favors.

Portland Trail Blazers

Coach: Terry Stotts (148-217).

Last year: 33-49 (11th in West).

Key returning players: LaMarcus Aldridge (21.1 ppg., 9.1 rpg., 1.2 bpg.), Damian Lillard (19.0 ppg., 6.5 apg.), Nicolas Batum (14.3 ppg., 5.6 rpg., 4.9 apg.)

Key additions: Mo Williams (12.9 ppg., 6.2 apg.), Dorell Wright (9.2 ppg., 3.8 rpg.), C.J. McCollum (first round pick from Lehigh.

Outlook: There are some good young players but not enough depth. A foot injury is expected to sideline McCollum until December.

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles Clippers

Coach: Doc Rivers (first year with Clippers, 587-473).

Last year: 56-26 (4th in West).

Key returning players: Chris Paul (16.9 ppg., 9.7 apg.), Blake Griffin (18.0 ppg., 8.3 rpg.).

Key additions: Darren Collison (12.0 ppg., 5.1 apg.), J.J. Redick (14.1ppg., 90.0 FT percentage, 36.6 three-point percentage)

Outlook: The Clippers will be a major contender in the Western Conference.

Golden State Warriors

Coach: Mark Jackson (70-78).

Last year: 47-35 (6th in West).

Key returning players: Stephen Curry (22.9 ppg, 6.9 apg., 45.3 three-point percentage), David Lee (18.5 ppg., 11.2 rpg.).

Key additions: Andre Iguodala (13.0 ppg., 5.4 apg., 5.3 rpg.), Marresse Speights (8.3 ppg., 4.9 rpg.).

Outlook: Center Andrew Bogut must stay healthy and the addition of former Sixer Iguodala drastically improves the defense.

Los Angeles Lakers

Coach: Mike D’Antoni (428-371).

Last year: 45-37 (7th in West).

Key returning players: Kobe Bryant (27.3 ppg., 5.6 rpg., 6.0 apg.), Pau Gasol (13.7 ppg., 8.6 rpg.), Steve Nash (12.7 ppg., 6.7 apg.).

Key additions: Nick Young (10.6 ppg. 35.7 three-point percentage), Chris Kaman (10.5 ppg., 5.6 rpg.).

Outlook: Bryant’s return from a torn Achilles tendon is still unknown. Nash has to prove he can remain healthy and even at full strength, and the Lakers stand a good chance of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-2005 season.

Sacramento Kings

Coach: Mike Malone (first year).

Last year: 28-54 (13th in the West).

Key returning players: DeMarcus Cousins (17.1 ppg., 9.9 rpg., 2.7 apg.), Jason Thompson (10.9 ppg., 6.7 rpg.), Isaiah Thomas (13.9 ppg., 4.0 apg.)

Key additions: Ben McLemore (first-round pick from Kansas), Carl Landry (10.8 ppg., 6.0 rpg.).

Outlook: The fact that Landry will miss the first 3-4 months with a torn hip flexor won’t help, but the Kings still look like an improved team.

Phoenix Suns

Coach: Jeff Hornacek (first year).

Last year: 25-57 (15th in West).

Key returning players: Goran Dragic (14.7 ppg., 7.7 apg.), Markieff Morris (8.2 ppg., 4.8 rpg.).

Key additions: Eric Bledsoe (8.5 ppg., 3.1 apg.), Alex Len (first-round pick from Maryland), Archie Goodwin (first-round pick from Kentucky).

Outlook: The Suns have a chance to be the worst team in the Western Conference.

SOUTHWEST DIVISION

San Antonio Spurs

Coach: Gregg Popovich (905-423).

Last year: 58-24 (2nd in the West).

Key returning players: Tim Duncan (17.8 ppg., 9.9 rpg., 2.7 bpg.), Tony Parker (20.3 ppg., 7.6 apg.), Manu Ginobili (11.8 ppg., 4.6 apg., 3.4 rpg.)

Key additions: Marco Belinelli (9.6 ppg., 35.7 three-point percentage).

Outlook: As long as Duncan can stay healthy, the defending Western Conference champions will again be a factor.

Memphis Grizzlies

Coach: David Joerger (first year).

Last year: 56-26 (5th in the West).

Key returning players: Zach Randolph (15.4 ppg., 11.2 rpg.), Mike Conley (14.6 ppg., 6.1 apg.), Marc Gasol (14.1 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 1.7 bpg.)

Key additions: Mike Miller (4.8 ppg., 41.7 three-point percentage), Nick Calathes (played in the Russian Professional Basketball League), Jamaal Franklin (rookie from San Diego State).

Outlook: Miller’s addition should improve the perimeter game and the key will be developing consistent bench scoring.

Houston Rockets

Coach: Kevin McHale (118-124).

Last year: 45-37 (8th in the West).

Key returning players: James Harden (25.9 ppg., 5.8 apg., 4.9 rpg.), Chandler Parsons (15.5 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 3.5 apg.), Jeremy Lin (13.4 ppg., 6.1 apg.)

Key additions: Dwight Howard (17.1 ppg., 12.4 rpg., 2.4 bpg.).

Outlook: Howard should be much better more than a year removed from back surgery. He has shot under 50 percent from the foul line each of the past two years.

New Orleans Pelicans

Coach: Monty Williams (94-136).

Last year: 27-55 (14th in West).

Key returning players: Anthony Davis (13.5 ppg., 8.2 rpg., 1.8 bpg.), Eric Gordon (17.0 ppg., 3.3 apg.), Ryan Anderson (16.2 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 38.2 three-point percentage).

Key additions: Jrue Holiday (17.7 ppg., 8.0 apg., 1.6 spg.), Tyreke Evans (15.2ppg., 4.4 rpg., 3.5 apg.).

Outlook: Holiday, an all-star last year with the Sixers, will run the offense and both he and Evans will add a lot to the offense.

Dallas Mavericks

Coach: Rick Carlisle (520-366)

Last year: 41-41 (10th in West)

Key returning players: Dirk Nowitzki (17.3 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 2.5 apg.), Vince Carter (13.4 ppg., 4.1 rpg)

Key additions: Jose Calderon (11.1 ppg., 7.4 apg.), Monta Ellis (19.2ppg., 6.0 apg., 3.9 rpg.), Samuel Dalembert (6.7 ppg., 5.9 rpg.)

Outlook: The Mavs are attempting to stay competitive while rebuilding. — The Philadelphia Inquirer