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    So now that free agency, for the most part, is done for now, what is everyone's view on where the East is as of now? My rankings go like this:

    1. Indiana- Yes we lost Stephenson, but we have always been a TEAM not a 2 man superstar led team, we can survive losing Lance and succeed. George Hill will have a big year, David West is still a BAMF, we can still get all-star Hibbert back, I think we will be fine without Lance. We replaced Lance with CJ Miles, who I am a big fan of and his shooting will do wonders for us, and Rodney Stuckey, who is a capable scorer off our bench who can play when Miles shot isn't falling. The most important part is, we have Paul George as well.

    2. Chicago- Well they get Derrick Rose back, what level will he play at? No one knows, but if they can get all-star caliber play from him, which I believe they will, they will be a very, very good team. Their front court is also great with Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, and Nikola Mirotic. Jimmy Butler is a solid player as well, but they have a whole on the wing that needs to be filled by Dunleavy/McDermmot/Snell and I am not a big fan of any of them.

    3. Cleveland- Well they have LeBron, but I am not in love with his supporting cast to tell you the honest truth. They have Kyrie Irving yes, but he has never been on a winning team, let alone even sniffed the playoffs. Andrew Wiggins COULD be good, but the guy is a rookie. Dion Waiters is just awful for that team from a chemistry perspective, and posted on twitter he wouldn't accept a bench role. Thompson is solid, but once again no playoff experience, I just don't know if the supporting cast is experienced enough.

    4. Washington- I actually don't think Washington will be as good this year, I think the loss of Ariza will hurt them, and I don't think Pierce has much left in the tank. However, Beal is a stud, and walking away from that Washington series last year, he was by far their most impressive player to me, and he has a bright future. John Wall is also a very good player... But I don't know if he is good enough to lead a team, and Hill locking him down gives me doubts.

    5. Toronto- They got Kyle Lowry back which is huge for that team. Lowry is an all-star caliber player, and adding him back to a young core of Jonas, DeRozan, and Ross will mean more years of solid basketball up in Toronto. However, they didn't add any new players, so I think its another year of one and done for Toronto again, but they have a bright future.

    6. Charlotte- Well they added Lance to an already solid core. Al Jefferson is the top center in the East, and Kemba Walker is a very solid point guard, and add Stephenson to that mix and you have a solid team. Floor spacing is definitely a key issue with the Hornets, as Walker/Stephenson/Gilchrest is awful from a floor spacing perspective, but they will be decent.

    7. Miami- They kept Bosh and Wade, and added Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts.. Thats a solid top 3 right there and McRoberts is a good role player... But outside of that they suck tbh.

    8. Atlanta- Well they added a solid defender in Thabo and they will get the return of Horford next season, so they will certainly be dangerous when you factor in Millsap and Teague are already there. And I can't forget the Pacer killer Korver either.
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    1. Chicago
    2. Cleveland
    3. Washington
    4. Indiana
    5. Toronto
    6. Charlotte
    7. Miami
    8. Brooklyn

    There's your 8 seeds in perfect order.
    Here we come lottery?

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    1. Chicago
    2. Cleveland
    3. Washington
    4. Indiana
    5. Toronto
    6. Charlotte
    7. Miami
    8. Brooklyn

    There's your 8 seeds in perfect order.
    If it was perfect Toronto would be the 4 seed since they won the Atlantic.

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    1. Cleveland. Irving Lebron and either Wiggins or Love.
    2. Chitown- Mirotic and Pau are the real deal. McBuckets should be an upgrade from Dunleavy. If Rose gives them avg point guard play, they are elite.
    3. Ind- Still got defense
    4. Wiz- PP > Ariza in playoffs. Bench much better
    5. Raps- Everyone gets older, better.
    6. - McBob + Lance. Walker, MKG older, Al Jeff big injury but Zeller should step up.
    7. Atlanta- Spurs East + Horford.
    8. Heat- Good system. Napier should be upgrade over PG abomination last year. Loss of LBJ hurts, but McBob + Deng are still good players.

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    1) Cleveland -- Yeah Lebron makes that much of a difference in record, especially since Irving and the others will actually play instead of Wade...I predict they go higher than the 55 the Heat won last year.
    2) Washington -- Like the addition of Pierce and more growing up will make them better.
    3) Indiana -- Still a very good team with a chance to go back to the ECF
    4) Toronto -- The default Atlantic division winner, probably will not beat or have home court against the 3rd place Central team
    5) Chicago -- Still can't trust Rose until I see a full season from him, but could be higher if he's healthy and his MVP self
    6) Miami -- I think being way overlooked, Bosh is going to be a beast this year, Deng will be a good addition, and Wade will probably be better and more used in regular season
    7) Charlotte -- Interesting team, could work out really well for them, or could be a total disaster, not sure where exactly
    8) Brooklyn -- Another team people are forgetting, Lopez back and healthy makes them a sleeper team, still got the players to make the playoffs

    Atlanta didn't really improve outside of getting Horford back and the East did overall improve a little bit. The Knicks still aren't that good, and Detroit, Milwaukee, Orlando, Boston and Philly (order from 11 down imo) are all not that good.
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    1. Cleveland
    2. Washington
    3. Chicago
    4. Toronto (because they are the best team in the Atlantic)
    5. Miami
    6. Indiana
    7. Charlotte
    8. Atlanta

    5 through 8 are all really close and pretty much all better than Toronto.

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    1. Cleveland
    2. Washington
    3. Chicago
    4. Toronto (because they are the best team in the Atlantic)
    5. Miami
    6. Indiana
    7. Charlotte
    8. Atlanta

    5 through 8 are all really close and pretty much all better than Toronto.
    How is Miami without LeBron better than Indy? I don't get that at all...

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    How is Miami without LeBron better than Indy? I don't get that at all...
    I think they have a better coach, the players, even without LeBron, have better chemistry than ours. Luol Deng is a really good replacement on both ends. I think Chalmers and Cole got a bad wrap from the playoffs and are still solid options at point guard. Josh McRoberts has ended up as a really good power forward, and they still have the MLE and biannual exception available. I think they will have a rough start to the season, but as they go on they'll get a primary ballhandler established and Spoelstra will have adjusted to the lack of LeBron.

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    I think they have a better coach, the players, even without LeBron, have better chemistry than ours. Luol Deng is a really good replacement on both ends. I think Chalmers and Cole got a bad wrap from the playoffs and are still solid options at point guard. Josh McRoberts has ended up as a really good power forward, and they still have the MLE and biannual exception available. I think they will have a rough start to the season, but as they go on they'll get a primary ballhandler established and Spoelstra will have adjusted to the lack of LeBron.
    They used their MLE on McRoberts and their Bi-Annual Exception on Danny

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    They used their MLE on McRoberts and their Bi-Annual Exception on Danny
    They would have if they had signed LeBron. They signed before they went over the cap.

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    1. Wiz
    2. Cavs
    3. Bulls
    4. Raptors
    5. Pacers
    6. Hornets
    7. Knicks
    8. Bucks (Bucks or Orlando for the surprise!)

    Heat just miss.
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    1.Cleveland
    2.Indiana
    3.Washington
    4.Toronto
    5.Chicago(4th seed but Division)
    6.Charlotte
    7.Miami
    8.Atlanta
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    1. Cleveland
    2. Pacers
    3. Washington
    4. Toronto
    5. Chicago - Will have a better record than TOR
    6. Charlotte
    7. Atlanta
    8. Miami

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    1. Cleveland
    2. Chicago
    3. Indiana
    4. Washington
    5. Toronto
    6. Miami
    7. Atlanta
    8. Brooklyn

    Think Charlotte and New York are close. Milwaukee, Detroit, Boston in the next group, and Orlando and Philadelphia still blow.

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    1) Chicago*
    2) Indiana
    3) Washington*
    4) Toronto*
    5) Cleveland (3rd best record)
    6) Atlanta
    7) Miami
    8) Charlotte

    *-Division winners

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    1) Chicago*
    2) Indiana
    3) Washington*
    4) Toronto*
    5) Cleveland (3rd best record)
    6) Atlanta
    7) Miami
    8) Charlotte

    *-Division winners
    Spot on, possibly with a reversal of Chicago and the Pacers. At any rate, I think the conference title is a toss-up between your 1-4 teams.

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    Top three could end in any order
    1. Indiana
    2. Chicago
    3. Cleveland

    Five of these nine will make playoffs
    4. Miami
    5. Washington
    6. Toronto
    7. Atlanta
    8. Brooklyn
    9. Charlotte
    10. New York
    11. Boston
    12. Detroit

    Bottom dwellers
    13. Milwaukee
    14. Orlando
    15. Philadelphia

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    Top three could end in any order
    1. Indiana
    2. Chicago
    3. Cleveland

    Five of these nine will make playoffs
    4. Miami
    5. Washington
    6. Toronto
    7. Atlanta
    8. Brooklyn
    9. Charlotte
    10. New York
    11. Boston
    12. Detroit

    Bottom dwellers
    13. Milwaukee
    14. Orlando
    15. Philadelphia
    Exactly what I was thinking.

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    1) Cavs
    2) Bulls
    3) Wizards
    4) Heat
    5) Raptors
    6) Hornets
    7) Random team that did more than us in the offseason
    8) Pacers, because the East sucks

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    Top three could end in any order
    1. Indiana
    2. Chicago
    3. Cleveland

    Five of these nine will make playoffs
    4. Miami
    5. Washington
    6. Toronto
    7. Atlanta
    8. Brooklyn
    9. Charlotte
    10. New York
    11. Boston
    12. Detroit

    Bottom dwellers
    13. Milwaukee
    14. Orlando
    15. Philadelphia
    Was typing mine up and I was almost identical to this one here. Wizards are getting WAY too much credit on this board IMO.

    As this post says.

    Conference Contenders: Pacers, Bulls, Cavs (One will get the 5 seed)

    Could Upset the Top 3: Heat, Wizards, Raptors, Hawks

    Battling For 8th Spot: Knicks, Hornets, Nets

    Most Likely Out: Celtics, Pistons, Sixers, Magic, Bucks

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    I don't see how people think the Nets will be a playoff team. Losing Pierce, Blatche, and Livingston will hurt a lot (assuming Blatche doesn't re-sign).

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    I think many of you buy too much into the hype of Cleveland and Chicago.

    Cleveland - Irving and James, who is running this offense? Kyrie needs the ball, but its Lebron's team. Wiggins, he needs the ball as well. Bennett? Who the hell knows. Mike Miller is about the only known role on the team.

    Chicago- Derrick Rose healthy? Can he play at the NBA speed and intensity for a whole season? Log Jam at the 4-5. Can McDermot find his stroke early and defend well enough to stay on the floor. Will Noah stay healthy enough to play with feet hurting? Remember he wears those French shoes that are probably killing his feet.

    Hard to rank these teams but here goes

    1)Indiana
    2)Cleveland
    3)Toronto
    4)Chicago
    5)Miami
    6)Washington
    7)Charlotte
    8)Atlanta


    With one major note here. The None of the 8 playoff seeds will finish under .500. The East will be very close. If you look at last years teams. They all got out of the gate very slow, and every single team had great 2nd halves.
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    this thread is way too early. Too many dominoes left.

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    this thread is way too early. Too many dominoes left.
    Exactly what I was thinking.

    Rosters are not set and will not be until the start of the season.

    If CLE trades for Love, then that changes everything. If IND continues to shop Roy and sends him off then that changes everything. CHI is supposedly still looking at making moves. We don't know the actual status of D. Rose in CHI, we have heard for two seasons that he will return, so if he does, that could change things.

    This thread is way too early.

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    Exactly what I was thinking.

    Rosters are not set and will not be until the start of the season.

    If CLE trades for Love, then that changes everything. If IND continues to shop Roy and sends him off then that changes everything. CHI is supposedly still looking at making moves. We don't know the actual status of D. Rose in CHI, we have heard for two seasons that he will return, so if he does, that could change things.

    This thread is way too early.
    Why is it too early? If they make moves, then come on here and change your opinion, its not a big deal.

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