When you get to the top three, this is where the truly elite stand. These next three teams will be battling it out all season for the right to represent the East in the Finals.
The Magic and Celtics could be flip-flopped between second and third, but I place the Magic third.
Dwight Howard leads the charge, as the Magic have made the Eastern Finals for two straight seasons.
Two years ago, they couldn't get past the Lakers, and last season, they couldn't get past the Celtics, and that's why I rank them below Boston.
Their roster is filled with quality players.
A big issue as always for Orlando is the health of Jameer Nelson. Trying to secure the position, they signed Chris Duhon to be the backup; he wasn't much of a starter, but his new role should be more suitable.
With Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis around Howard, the Magic are flying high.