NBA Preseason Power Rankings: Eastern Conference No. 1 to No. 8

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NBA Preseason Power Rankings: Eastern Conference No. 1 to No. 8
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1. Miami Heat

There’s no doubt about it: As soon as LeBron decided to "take his talents to South Beach" and join forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat cemented their place as the NBA’s most talked-about team. Whatever you think of their decision, the presence of these three alone automatically makes the Heat one of the most exciting and dynamic teams in the NBA.

Once the three stars had signed, the big question was who the Heat would add around them. But credit to Pat Riley, he’s come through pretty big with the cap space he had. The Heat have added not only sharpshooter Mike Miller and re-signed role players Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem, but also a host of established veterans desperate for a ring. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Juwan Howard, Jerry Stackhouse, Jamaal Magloire and Eddie House have all been added to the roster. The Heat still have everything to prove, but it will certainly be interesting.

Likely Starting Five: Chalmers—Wade—James—Bosh—Joel Anthony

It could all hinge on: Chris Bosh. Hold on, before you call me crazy for picking the least talented of the big three, just hear me out on this one. We all know that both LeBron and D-Wade are locks to perform at superstar level all season as long as they remain healthy. Bosh’s situation is slightly different. He could be anything from an 18-8 man to a 25-12 man this season depending on his desire to dominate and his fit within the Heat’s system.

Prediction: Talk of a 70-win season or a procession to the NBA title seems premature, but the Heat are certainly the most talented team in the East, should win over 60 games and top the East and would be a good bet to reach the NBA Finals. Beyond that it’s difficult to tell, but if LeBron and Wade are healthy, then anything is possible.

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