This year the Eastern division is totally different from last season. With many trades and injuries, teams have shifted in terms of ranking.
Last season it was easy to predict that either the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers would come out on top from the East. The Cavaliers were not even on the map to come out on top, but this year, things have shifted as the Cavaliers in my opinion will be the best in the East.
A lot has happened around the league this offseason to shift the teams. The Cavaliers have received many new players including two of the best players in the league, LeBron James and Kevin Love. With those two, and Kyrie Irving added to the mix, they make for a very strong offensive team. Last season the Cavaliers went 33-49 in the win/loss column with only a one game winning streak, putting them out of the top 8 in the Eastern Conference. This year, expect the Cavs to turn last year’s record on its head, if not even better.
Last season the top two teams to contend with in the Eastern Conference were the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat. The Indiana Pacers suffered a tremendous loss, as all-star Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury in early August during a scrimmage with team USA. The injury is expected to leave him out for the entire 2014-2015 season. The Pacers also traded forward Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Bobcats. With these two key players out of the picture for the Pacers, they do not seem as much of a threat this season and not likely to win the East.
Miami was the best in the East last season as they won the Eastern Conference and made it to the NBA finals but fell short when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. With LeBron James going back to Cleveland, the Heat lose their most valuable asset. I do not see the Heat making a big impact on the Eastern Conference this time around, if anything they might make the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Here’s how I see the Central Division shaking out:
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Chicago Bulls
- Detroit Pistons
- Indiana Pacers
- Milwaukee Bucks
The Cavaliers have a good road paved for them if they can stay focused and healthy. With James and the rest of the revamped roster there is not a team in the East that the Cavaliers can’t take apart. Legit basketball is back in the Land.