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June 19, 2008
Draft preview: Atlantic Division

Wednesday: Southwest Division.
Today: Atlantic Division.
Friday: Northwest Division.
Saturday: Southeast Division.
Sunday: Central Division.
Monday: Pacific Division.

Boston Celtics (66-16 in 2007-08)

Picks: 30, 60

Needs? Who cares. The Celtics just got the only thing they really needed.

Since the hangover will likely clear within the next week, at least within the front office, Boston could use depth at point guard, since that was 38-year-old Sam Cassell getting 12.6 minutes a game in the playoffs as the backup. The last pick in the first round puts the Celtics in Mario Chalmers/Kyle Weaver territory.

Toronto Raptors (41-41)

Pick: 17

They finished 20th in rebounding and started Rasho Nesterovic 39 times and played him 20.9 minutes a game in all, so getting a big man to ride shotgun to Chris Bosh is a logical direction. The Raptors are right in the range of what should be a run on centers and physical power forwards: Robin Lopez, JaVale McGee, Kosta Koufos, Marreese Speights, Roy Hibbert probably not far behind.

Philadelphia 76ers (40-42)

Pick: 16.

The second-half push provided meaningful optimism for the future, but obvious problems remain, if not being able to score or stop teams from scoring are considered problems. Power forward is a particular need, as part of a necessary upgrade of interior offense at any position.

New Jersey Nets (34-48)

Picks: 10, 21, 40.

Welcome to the summer of decisions. Dealing Jason Kidd in February was the big move, but now comes a lot of important ones, in the draft and in deciding whether to part with Richard Jefferson. Having two first-round picks, their own in the lottery and the Mavericks selection, provides the Nets the ability to address a poor inside game.

New York Knicks (23-59)

Pick: 6.

It's already been a productive offseason -- Isiah Thomas got walked to the door. The updated list of needs: everything else.

The Knicks still have a respected guard, Jamal Crawford. They also have two big men capable of starting and producing, but Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph are also so unreliable and troublesome that the new management is more stuck with them than committed to them. It's an underwhelming draft for bigs, though.

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