After the biggest summer in NBA history, the landscape of the league has severely changed. For better or worse, the powers of the league have shifted.
What a difference a year can make
I wrote this same article last season when the Miami Heat ranked sixth out of seven teams on the slide show. Now, after the acquisitions of Lebron James and Chris Bosh, the Heat are early favorites to make it out of the East, and potentially dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA title.
Many of my predictions last year didn’t go as planned: for instance the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers were two teams I expected to make the playoffs. Turns out they were owners to the first and second overall picks in this year’s draft.
On the other hand, I had the Milwaukee Bucks finishing dead last in the Eastern Conference; however, led by point guard Brandon Jennings, they made the playoffs and took the Atlanta Hawks to seven games.
Some of my predictions did go right, for instance I knew the Atlanta Hawks were going to be among the East’s top four, as I had them ranked as the best middle of the road team in the East.
This slide show won’t feature teams like the Heat, Magic or Celtics. It will feature teams who are just a tier below in the Eastern Conference.
These are just predictions, but one thing I know for sure: this season will be nothing like the previous.