The NBA season is not far off. The summer saw some major changes in the NBA landscape, lead by Lebron James and Chris Bosh joining Dwayne Wade in Miami. Those moves catapulted the Miami Heat in to contender status, but are they favorites? Here is a look at some of the Eastern Conference contenders.
The Boston Celtics are still the class of the Atlantic Division, but their competition is starting to show signs of improvement. The 76ers added Evan Turner and the Knicks signed Amare Stoudemire. But Boston proved last season that they can turn it on the playoffs. The Celtics added Jermaine O Neal as well as Shaq. That should provide them with enough size and depth to take the division.
The Central Division will see some change. The lost of Lebron means the Cavaliers should fall off. Milwaukee is a solid team, but the Chicago Bulls should take the division. The development of Derrick Rose and the addition of Carlos Boozer mean the Bulls could threaten in the Eastern Conference.
The Southeast has some solid teams in Atlanta and Charlotte, and Washington has the top draft pick in point guard John Wall. But this division will come down to the Florida teams. Miami added major star power in James and Bosh, and added some key role players like Mike Miller. Orlando has been a solid contender for a couple of seasons now. Lead by Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson, Orlando will be a serious threat to Miamis resurgence.
The Eastern Conference favorites figures to come down to four teams with Miami, Boston, Orlando, and Chicago capable of winning. Miami may take some time to gel, but Boston and Orlando are ready. This could be the last chance for the aging Celtics, and they will do their best to take full advantage. Their experience and depth should make Boston the team to beat in the playoffs.
NBA Eastern Conference Champion
|New Jersey Nets||1-1|
|New York Knicks||18-1|