The best player for each franchise in the Atlantic Division

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New York Knicks

Despite the Knicks making good additions to their roster in the summer, Carmelo Anthony is still their best player. 

Derrick Rose may be a former MVP but injuries have taken a toll on his body leaving him a shell of his former self. The same can be said for Joakim Noah while Kristaps Porzingis is only a sophomore - despite having the hopes of the franchise resting on his shoulders.

Still, Melo has never had such a star-studded roster and his Knicks career averages of 25.2 points per game will look much better if he has the supporting cast to boot. 

Top three: 1) Carmelo Anthony, 2) Kristaps Porzingis, 3) Derrick Rose

Toronto Raptors

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are one of the most likeable duos in the NBA right now - they do everything together, and in terms of ability, it is hard to split them. 

It's tight, their stats are very similar - DeRozan averaged 19.2 and 21.5 points respectively in the playoffs while Lowry produced 16 and 14.7 - but it is the advanced stats that swing it for the point guard.

Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Five

His PER was at 18 in the regular season while DeRozan was at 16.3 while his VORP was a huge 26.6 compared to DeMar's 3.6.

Top three: 1) Kyle Lowry, 2) DeMar DeRozan, 3) Jonas Valanciunas

Boston Celtics

Isaiah Thomas may have been the biggest name on the Boston Celtics roster last season as he made his debut at the All-Star Game but the arrival of Al Horford has demoted him to second.

The Dominican Stallion is seen as the piece to the puzzle that could finally propel the franchise back into the title frame and it is clear to see why. 

Boston Celtics Media Day

The four-time All-Star averaged 17.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season and his departure seriously weakens the Atlanta Hawks. 

Top three: 1) Al Horford, 2) Isaiah Thomas, 3) Avery Bradley

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are the worst team in the NBA heading into the season. There is no sugarcoating the reality - despite the great work Sean Marks has done as GM, they are still extremely poor.

Jeremy Lin will have a lot to prove playing so close to the Knicks, but their leader will be Brook Lopez. 

Charlotte Hornets v Brooklyn Nets

He has consistently put up good numbers at the Barclays Center but has too often been let down by the play of his teammates. 

Top three: 1) Brook Lopez, 2) Jeremy Lin, 3) Bojan Bogdanovic

Philadelphia 76ers

Without even playing a game in the NBA, the hopes of a franchise have fallen onto Ben Simmons. The Australian franchise is already being branded a mini LeBron.

The Sixers have some strong pieces around him and the return to fitness of Joel Embiid is extremely exciting, but Simmons' potential makes him their best player.

Philadelphia 76ers Media Day

His jump shot leaves a lot to be desired, but his game incorporates a bit of everything; he is strong, smart and elegant - a lethal combination in the NBA. 

Top three: 1) Ben Simmons, 2) Joel Embiid, 3) Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel
Philadelphia Sixers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors
Boston Celtics
Carmelo Anthony
Brooklyn Nets
Brook Lopez
Kyle Lowry

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