The NBA season starts tonight, and we've already looked at the Southwest, Pacific, Northwest, Southeast, and Central Division. Last, but certainly not least, is the Atlantic Division preview.

5. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn is likely going to be the worst team in the NBA this season. Their big move of the offseason was to sign point guard Jeremy Lin, who is an average point guard still basking in the glow of his "Linsanity" run in Manhattan four years ago. Brook Lopez is still an impact player at center, but after a moderately healthy season, the Nets would be smart to trade him and tank the season away.

4. Philadelphia 76ers

Jerryd Bayless is out for at least a month with a wrist injury and Elton Brand retired, leaving the Sixers with no veteran presence to lead the way. Their young guys are also dealing with injuries, as Nerlens Noel is hurt for an indeterminate period of time and top overall draft pick and franchise savior Ben Simmons is out until at least January. All eyes are on the health of Joel Embiid, who has looked good in the preseason but was forced to miss the first two years of his NBA career.

3. New York Knicks

The Knicks are trending in the wrong direction. Instead of skewing young to build around talented Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis, president Phil Jackson went out and acquired Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and Brandon Jennings, three players with questionable futures in the league.

He seems to believe this is a win-now team with Carmelo Anthony; every analyst thinks otherwise.

2. Toronto Raptors

The brief NBA contention window for the Raptors may be on the verge of closing quickly. They lost do-it-all backup center Bismack Biyombo to free agency, and while they were able to retain DeMar DeRozan, star point guard Kyle Lowry is expected to test the free agent market in the summer of 2017.

The talent is there, but the team looks pretty stagnant when looking at it compared to last year's Eastern Conference finalists.

1. Boston Celtics

The Celtics completed their monumental rise back into the NBA title conversation by poaching center Al Horford from the Atlanta Hawks this summer. The team is talented enough that they were able to cut last year's first round selection, R.J.

Hunter. Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder are two of the most underrated players in the league, and while Thomas is already the subject of trade rumors, having Brad Stevens at the helm of this team this season makes them a real threat to Cleveland's conference dominance.

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