Beast In the East


As every NBA fan knows, the Eastern Conference pales in comparison to the Western Conference in terms of talent. The pecking order of the playoff teams can be anyone’s guess. While the bottom teams of the East are definitely lacking, there are several very good teams at the top of the conference.

Here is a look at my top five teams in the East.

#5 – Boston Celtics

 

PG – Kyrie Irving

SG – Marcus Smart

SF – Jaylen Brown

PF – Jason Tatum

C – Al Horford

 

Coming into the season the Celtics were considered to be the biggest threat to the Cavaliers but that quickly changed. The gruesome broken leg suffered by recently acquired small forward Gordon Hayward drastically lowered Boston chances of getting to the NBA Finals. Luckily the Celtics have a top 5 point guard and the best ball handler in the NBA in Kyrie Irving plus a young core with a ton of potential to keep them in the mix. They have been doing well so far since losing Hayward by maintaining a 4-2 record.

 

#4 – Milwaukee Bucks

PG – Malcolm Brogdon

SG – Tony Snell

SF – Khris Middleton

PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo

C – Thon Maker

 

The Milwaukee Bucks might not be the deepest team but they have one of the most talented and exciting players basketball has ever seen. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been averaging 31 PPG along with 10 rebounds per game. Antetokounmpo is solidifying himself as a serious MVP candidate. Khris Middleton acts as a second scoring option for the Bucks and has put up a respectable 19.0 PPG so far. The duo of Giannis and Middleton duo seems to be getting the job done.

 

#3 – Toronto Raptors

PG – Kyle Lowry

SG – DeMar Derozan

SF – Norman Powell

PF – Serge Ibaka

C – Jonas Valanciunas

 

Full of veterans who are still in their prime, the Toronto Raptors are a legit contender in the East. Canada’s only basketball team features a backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan who are both three time all stars. Lowry facilitates the offense at the point with Derozan acting as a scorer who they can rely on to drop 20 points a game. Toronto also has one of the best presence in the middle with a big man combo of Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas. They are 3-2 this season.

 

#2 – Washington Wizards

PG – John Wall

SG – Bradley Beal

SF – Otto Porter Jr.

PF – Jason Smith

C – Marcin Gortat

 

The Wizards proved to the NBA world that they should be taken serious by just missing an Eastern Conference Finals appearance last year. John Wall is one of the fastest and most explosive players basketball has ever seen and is a great pair with shooting guard Bradley Beal. You know a team has depth when both of their guards could easily average 20+ points per game and they have a young talent in Otto Porter Jr. who has been dropping 18.3 PPG. Marcin Gortat has also been great by nearly averaging a double-double (12.1 PPG and 9.8 RPG).

 

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers

PG – Derrick Rose (Isaiah Thomas injured)

SG – JR Smith

SF – LeBron James

PF – Jae Crowder

C – Kevin Love

 

Notable Bench Players:

 

PG – Isaiah Thomas (injured)

SG – Dwyane Wade

SF – Kyle Korver

C – Tristan Thompson

 

LeBron and his squad have definitely had their struggles so far but they still are the top dogs in the Eastern Conference. LeBron has been to seven straight NBA Finals and I don’t expect that trend to end this year. The Cleveland Cavaliers are truly a superteam and they stacked up even more this offseason by adding Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, and Dwyane Wade. The Cavs are so talented and deep that their bench is better than most of their NBA counterparts. Don’t let their 4-6 record fool you, they will most likely make it to the Finals and battle it out with Golden State for the fourth year in a row.

 

 

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