NBA Free Agency 2012: Updated Eastern Conference Power Rankings

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Updated Eastern Conference Power Rankings
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Dwight Howard could drastically alter the landscape of the Eastern Conference.

Dwight Howard is probably headed to the Lakers. Roy Hibbert might play in Portland next year. Atlanta is shipping Joe Johnson to Brooklyn.

The Earth is shifting under our feet in the Eastern Conference, and it's only Tuesday.

In Chicago, the Bulls can't possibly know how soon Derrick Rose will play like an MVP again. Boston talked KG into sticking around, but still have to persuade Ray Allen to do the same. Meanwhile Philly, Cleveland, Washington and Toronto should all receive major contributions from their draft picks.

Charlotte is still terrible, and Miami is still the best team in the East. Other than that, buckle up, hold on tight, and get ready for a wild ride. It's going to be a lot of fun in the NBA Eastern Conference this year.

Here are my updated power rankings, based on the latest trade rumors...

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