Community Shootaround: Eastern Playoff Team Most Likely To Slide?

Last week, one of our Community Shootaround discussions focused on this year’s non-playoff teams in the East, asking which of those clubs had done the most to improve its roster so far this summer. The Knicks and Sixers received the most support, but several lottery teams got positive reviews from Hoops Rumors commenters for their offseason work.

Today, it’s time to look at the other eight teams in the East. The Cavaliers, Raptors, Heat, Hawks, Celtics, Hornets, Pacers, and Pistons all earned spots in the postseason. How many of those teams will be back in 2017, and how many will drop out?

The Heat had the most notable departure of any of those eight playoff teams, when Dwyane Wade left Miami to sign with his hometown Bulls. But Miami wasn’t the only club to lose a notable player. The Hawks saw Al Horford depart, and the Raptors parted ways with breakout rim-protector Bismack Biyombo.

The Hornets and Pistons, meanwhile, managed to re-sign their own key free agents, including Nicolas Batum and Andre Drummond, and added some complementary pieces. But Charlotte, at least, will have to deal with some notable departures as well, including Al Jefferson, Jeremy Lin, and Courtney Lee.

Finally, the Cavaliers, Celtics, and Pacers have all received solid reviews for their summer decisions — in Cleveland’s case, it’s simply enough to bring back most of the team that beat the 73-win Warriors for the championship. For Boston and Indiana, the changes are more notable — the C’s added Horford and No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown, while the Pacers brought in Jefferson, Thaddeus Young, and Jeff Teague, among others.

What do you think? Which of the Eastern playoff teams is most likely to slide down the standings in 2016/17? How many of these eight clubs do you expect to finish in the lottery next year? Is Miami the most obvious candidate to take a step or two backwards, or is there another team more in danger of underachieving?

Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the Cavs, Raptors, Heat, Hawks, Celtics, Hornets, Pacers, and Pistons. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Alex
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Alex
2 months 9 days ago

Gotta be the Heat. No DWade, big ? with Chris Bosh, lost Deng and Joe Johnson to free agency.

slapnuts
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slapnuts
2 months 9 days ago

Definitely the Hawks

aarongill
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aarongill
2 months 9 days ago

Heat will slide.

netsusck
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netsusck
2 months 9 days ago

The nets. Cuz they’ll always suck.

Jensan
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Jensan
2 months 9 days ago
Raptors did sign a Demar Derozan, and added the Oliver Miller look a like in Jared Sullinger, the fall off defensive blocks will be made up by the increase of offense out of the PF position, let it be a 2nd team PF or C rotation player. Additionally, the ability to trust Norman Powell, will allow the starters to have an extra 3 minutes a game rest. A trade for a backup outside shooting 3 may occur as well. The Heat may not be as well off if Bosh does not come back from injury, but, with Whiteside and Tragic… Read more »
zmay718
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zmay718
2 months 9 days ago

Hornets slip the most, Pacers take the biggest step forward. Celtics v Cavs Eastern conference finals this year.

mikey
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mikey
2 months 9 days ago

Heat. They are gonna start a rebuil by next year I guarantee.

EP
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EP
2 months 9 days ago

Can’t see the Heat in the playoffs. Charlotte & Atlanta are definitely sliding. Milwaukee,Knicks & maybe Orlando could snap those 3 spots.

Bondley 12
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Bondley 12
2 months 9 days ago

I think the Heat are going to slide the largest with the Hornets and Hawks also sliding. The other teams should make the playoffs again.

Jack
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Jack
2 months 9 days ago

I think all the teams named will struggle, especially with Chicago and New York adding marquee free agents. Most of you guys are right; the Heat are losing a bunch and the Hawks are in a bad sitaution. My predicted playoff seeds for 2017: 1. Cleveland, 2. Boston, 3. Indiana, 4. Toronto, 5. Chicago, 6. Detroit, 7. Charlotte, 8. New York

hill
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hill
2 months 9 days ago

That’s pretty good. I’m going
1. CLE
2. BOS
3. TOR
4. IND
5. DET
6. ATL
7. NYK
8. WAS

CHA and MIA biggest falls.

9. CHI
10. CHAR
11. MIA
12. MKE
13. ORL
14. PHI
15. BKN

danieldash428
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danieldash428
2 months 8 days ago

Washington in the playoffs??

Oryan99
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Oryan99
2 months 9 days ago

Heat and Pistons move out. Knicks and Bulls move in.

Larry Bird
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Larry Bird
2 months 9 days ago

You are a fool. The Pistons have the best young core in the east and they added nice complimentary pieces.. Lol Knicks and Bulls..

lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
2 months 9 days ago

I rather have Milwaukee’s young core.

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