Atlantic Notes: Sixers, Lange, Raptors, Gay

In today's mailbag, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star writes that he doesn't like Chris Wright's chances of catching on with the Raptors in training camp.  Smith views Wright as more of a perennial camp and summer league fixture, adding that if anyone is going to make the cut, he would put his money on Carlos Morais.  Here's this morning's look at the Atlantic Division..

  • The Sixers hired former Villanova assistant Billy Lange to join first-year head coach Brett Brown on his staff, writes Dei Lynam of  Lange joins Chad Iske and Lloyd Pierce as assistants to Brown, who was the last head coach to be hired this offseason.  Lange left Villanova in 2004 when he was hired as the head coach at Navy. Lange coached Navy for seven seasons, posting a 93-113 record during that span.
  • Joel Brigham of HoopsWorld looks around the league to try and find who might be in line to make their first All-Star team in 2013/14.  First on the list is the Raptors' prized acquisition from last season, Rudy Gay.  He’s only averaged over 20 PPG once in his career, but he should get there this season on a team where he is the unequivocal leader.
  • Jon Marks of Sheridan Hoops gives us five things to watch when it comes to the Sixers.  Marks wonders when Nerlens Noel will make his debut and even throws out the idea that this Sixers team could put up one of the worst records in NBA history.  That's a distinction belonging to the 9-73 Sixers of 1972-73 (.123) or the 7-59 Charlotte Bobcats of the 2011-12 lockout season, depending on who you ask.

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