Look Into The Crystal Ball:The 2010-2011 Eastern Conference Standings

July 9th, 2010 by Hunter Alexander Leave a reply »
Now that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have joined forces in Miami, it's time to reassess the Eastern Conference.  Below is how I see the regular season playing out.

1) Miami—I know that they have plenty of holes to fill and I don't think they are a lock to win the championship (or even the Eastern Conference finals).  But here's the way I see it: if LeBron James can win 60+ games with a below average supporting cast, then James, Wade, and Bosh and a below average supporting cast should lead this team to the No. 1 seed relatively easily. 2) Orlando—The core of Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Jameer Nelson, and Rashard Lewis is still in place and I fully expect them to give the Heat a run for their money for the No. 1 seed.  J.J. Redick seems to be on his way out of town, so another shooter is needed, but solid bench players like Chris Duhon, Mickael Pietrus, and Marcin Gortat will help guide the Magic to a top seed and, potentially, an epic conference finals against Miami. 3) Atlanta—Easily the most quickly forgotten good (OK, half-decent) team in the league, the Hawks return their top nine players from the th ...

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