The Orlando Magic will be the best in the class of the teams coming from the Eastern Conference.
There are definitely plenty of naysayers who believe that the Magic can't stack up against the other elites in the NBA. In my honest opinion; these naysayers should really remove their heads from their butts.
Otis Smith has done what he believes will help this team, not to mention the Magic are coming off of their best season ever. Smith has already proved that he is the best GM in the league. A 59-23 record is nothing to scoff at. Being the underdog all season long, and making it to the finals is more than an overrated team can produce.
Cleveland is most likely the most overrated team in the east, even with the addition of Shaquille O'neal. Shaquille did show significant improvement last season, but he is still 40 years old and way past his glory days. It will be interesting to see how O'neal's ball hogging mentality meshes with Lebron. I forsee some chemistry issues with the Cav's this season. Mike Brown is a decent coach, but he's not championship material. Should Mo' Williams learn how to run an offense, Shaq refrain from demanding the ball, and Lebron not try to do everything himself, they'll probably make a return trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. But that is as far as they can go.
Boston should also be decent this year, but I really don't feel that acquiring Rasheed Wallace was the best idea. Boston is an old team still trying to hang on to a championship that came against a weak eastern conference, and weak Lakers team. Last year they were good, but during the regular season the Magic matched up quite well against them going 2-2 during the season and winning the conference semi-finals in seven without then injured point guard Jameer Nelson. Kevin Garnett still has a few good years, Ray Allen has lost his step, and Rasheed is a big crybaby. I don't see things going as well as they have for Boston.
They let an overpaid Hedo Turkoglu, an overrated rookie in Courtney Lee, an unaccomplished Tony Battie, and a streaky Rafer Alston go. They acquired a proven superstar in Vince Carter, a promising Ryan Anderson, an incredible big-man Brandon Bass, and they retained Marcin ''Polish Hammer'' Gortat.
Orlando's starting five Will most likely be PG J. Nelson, SG V. Carter, SF Rashard Lewis, PF Brandon Bass, and C Dwight Howard. Every one of these guys are All-Star caliber players. Most naysayers believe that This line-up is not going to make the finals. This team is more than capable of going to the finals and taking out last years champs.
All star PG Nelson should be back to form, giving this, the Magic have a capable distributor and pure scorer. Rashard Lewis is going back to his natural position so he should add to his already high numbers. Brandon Bass gives Dwight help with banging the glass, grabbing rebounds, and protecting the paint. Vince Carter brings his ability to make his own plays, hit the three, and spread out the defense.
The Magic made the finals last year with less, so watch the so-called master of panic master a championship trophy with this team.