With the NBA regular season set to kick off in less than a week, its high time to look at what's to come.
The hype surrounding the 2010-2011 season is arguably the highest it has been in recent memory, which is in large attributed to the realignment of a bevy of NBA stars. With the rise and fall of certain basketball empires, last year's results are not necessarily the most accurate indication of how this season may play out.
As the tumultuous offseason demonstrated, the fate of an entire franchise can change faster than you can say Jim Gray.
For the past decade or so, the Eastern Conference has played little brother to the exceedingly dominant Western half of the country. It seems however, that the dominant run of the wild West may slowly be coming to a halt.
The rise of superpower Miami Heat, a developing Bulls squad, and established contenders Orlando and Boston have boldly declared the Eastern Conference as a force to be reckoned with.
Combine these elite squads with an array of steadily developing franchises, and you've got yourself quite the compilation of talent, excitement, and entertaining basketball.
Let's take a look at one analyst's take on how the Eastern Conference will pan out. If you don't like where you're team was placed, be sure to thank the B/R god's for the creation of the comments section.