Top 8 Eastern Conference Teams in the NBA

 

Last season’s NBA, the world’s most popular basketball league in the world, was as exciting as ever. We saw a rookie coach win the NBA Championship for a Golden State Warriors team for the first time since 1975. Different players and teams have also made major improvements while the same old names continued to excite and dazzle basketball fans around the world. As the NBA looks to enter a whole new season, we ranked the eight best teams for the Eastern Conference.

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  1. Indiana Pacers

The Pacers almost made it into the playoffs last season despite the Paul George injury as they played with the same tough defense that has made them a household name in the NBA for the past three seasons. They are now looking to move up to a more fast-paced game while playing the same suffocating defense, as their main man is now a hundred percent healthy.

 

  1. Milwaukee Bucks

Despite being the sixth seed last season, we pushed the Bucks by one place this year because of the emergence of other teams. Nevertheless, the Bucks will still be a dangerous team with the improvements in their young core of players composed of the Greek Freak, MCW, Jabari Parker, and John Henson.

 

  1. Washington Wizards

The Wizards will still be a steady team for the Eastern Conference with a solid core composed of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Gortat, and Nene. The loss of their locker room leader and late game finisher Paul Pierce will hurt them badly. But this will help the younger players like Wall, Beal, and Porter to emerge as leaders and late game closers.

 

  1. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have been a steady top-tier team in the East for the last four seasons. However, with a new coach, it may get them a little longer to adjust to a new system. Despite that, the team still has a very good roster. Derrick Rose will seek to come back to all-star form. Jimmy Butler will continue to improve as one of the team’s best players. And, Pau Gasol, coming off a monstrous performance in the FIBA Euro Cup, will look to bring the same dominance back into the NBA.

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  1. Toronto Raptors

This team turned a lot of heads last year despite their best player, Demar Derozan, missing a lot of games. Expect the same kind of greatness from this team next season as they still maintain a good core of players (despite losing Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams) with Lowry and Derozan leading the way together with guys like Terrence Ross, Jonas Valanciunas, and Patrick Patterson.

 

  1. Miami Heat

On paper, the Heat remains one of the best teams in the league. They did not make it into the playoffs last seasons due to an injury riddled year. They now look to barge into the season strong as Wade and Bosh are coming back healthy and in peak condition while leading a good core of young players like Hassan Whiteside and rookie Justise Winslow.

 

  1. Atlanta Hawks

The LeBron-led Cavs in the East Finals swept them last season. But they are still a strong team as their unselfish style and tough defense will continue to make teams struggle. They still retain their core of veteran players who are all seeking for retribution for their failed attempt at the NBA Championship.

 

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers

This is a loaded team full of scorers, defenders, and role players. It also doesn’t hurt that the league’s best player is in their roster together with fellow All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The runner-up team also comes back with a good core of role players like JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov, and Tristan Thompson who played fantastic in the playoffs last season.

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