The trade deadline has passed and the Eastern Conference has taken two superstars from the West.
Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams were sent east by the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, respectively. Anthony joined forces with Amar'e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks. Williams is the first piece in New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's puzzle.
With the addition of these big names to the East, the conference takes on a new look. The big four teams (Celtics, Heat, Bulls, Magic) remain elite. The Knicks took a giant leap toward elite status, but it may take a couple years or another player before they break through. The Nets finally landed a star, but they still have a long way to go.
These rankings show where East teams stand in a conference on the rise.