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Preview NBA 2014-2015 Eastern Conference
What can I say about the worst team in the league last season. After a disappointing season full of struggles scoring and injuries the Bucks should not be the worst team in the league. Jabari Parker will add another scoring dimension to O.J. Mayo giving them a much needed duo. Perhaps the biggest additions are the ones that are already in the league. A healthy Larry Sanders and the additions of Jared Dudley and Kendall Marshall possibly off the bench makes them better how much is the question.
Who to look out for: Giannis Antetokounmpo's growth
The team future looks bright, but it seems like they might be up for the first pick again. They added Alexey Shved and Hasheem Thabeet to the already young roster. The biggest addition is Joel Embiid who is perhaps their best player, but he will most likely not play most of the season if not any this year. I do not have much to say about this team. Hopefully MCW can step up and take his team to the next level and win at least 30 games this season.
Who to look out for: Nerlens Noel potential
The legendary organization is going to have a hard road, but they can overcome with good management and coaching. You have potential that can come together in the right situation. If injuries do not persist with their injury prone scorers. Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, and Rondo can create a competitive team that can win on any given night. The hardest thing the Celtics will have to deal with is the attitudes on the team with Rondo trade rumors and Marcus Smart's short fuse.
Who to look out for: The other players and how they grow into better players Bass, Bradley, Olynyk and etc.
The team has the most potential on the roster if nurtured correctly. You add Aaron Gordan and Elfrid Payton to Victor Oladipo and you have the best defensive young team in the league. They will be a hard working and force teams to fight like the Bulls. They do not have a lot of scoring potential still though. The addition of Channing Frye and Ben Gordan are opportunities to add some much needed scoring, but they will most likely come off the bench.
Who to Look Out For: Elfrid Payton how will he strive as an NBA PG
The Winner Is
Who will win the East
A dysfunctional team with players that should lead them to the top of the East. You have Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith on the same team. Two of the most talented players at their respective positions who have the worst Basketball IQ in the league. If Stan Van Gundy can bring them into the team mindset with the greatness of Andre Drummond and skill of Greg Monroe they can do damage.
Who to look for: Stan Van Gundy you have the talent but can you bring it together
The biggest question is will they make the playoffs this year. The Hawks started off fast last year till they lost Milsaps for large part of the 2nd half of the season and Al Horford for the season. They have one of the top Front Courts in the East. Jeff Teague is beginning to be a player you must see at the PG position. Add Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha you add much needed depth. The distractions in the off season might be too much to overcome, but we shall see.
Who to look for: Adreian Payne will the rookie make the Hawks the best front court in the East?
Around the Corner
The Nets bet all of their money on a few season, and I don't think it is working out too well. They traded so much for Garnett who did not play much, and Paul Pierce who has now ran off to greener pastures in Washington. Brook Lopez has been injured a lot and Deron Williams seems to perhaps be a product of Jerry Sloan system. Williams will have to prove that statement wrong in order for the Nets to be a success this season. They lost depth and money issues have led the team not to do much in the offseason
Who to look out for: Joe Johnson if Williams does not step up can he iso his way to the playoffs
Not much has happened in Canada this off season and that's a good thing. Keeping Kyle Lowry and keeping the 3rd seed in the East with a great young core is the best they could've done. DeMar DeRozan has quietly established himself as an all star. Terrence Ross is a good player who would need to step up to all star quality to make them a serious championship threat.
Who to look out for: The back up guard position Vasquez and Williams can create havoc for most teams giving Lowry a break
A team going downhill since the all star break. Paul George alleged off the court issues appeared to bother him for a little bit till he broke out of it later in the season. He is now injured and this leaves the Pacers in a bad place. Roy Hibbert regressed so far last year from the 2013 playoffs it led many people wondering if he had problems in the locker room. They lost their best ball handler in Lance Stephenson which is major. The good is you have David West toughness and leadership still on the team. Can he lead the team to overcome their problems and be a respectable team.
Who to look for: The Backcourt Can Stuckey replace Stephenson and will George Hill improve his handles
The Hornets are back in Charlotte and are looking good. Al Jefferson was dominate last year for MJ's team. He led Charlotte to the playoffs for the first time since returning to the NBA. Kemba Walker finally showed the promise he did in his championship run at UConn. The team need much needed scoring to go along with their top two players, and they got it. This offseason they added Vonleh, Hairston, and a veteran ball handler in Lance Stephenson.
Who to look for: Hairston if he can come off the bench like a young James Harden the Hornets will be a scary team
New York Knicks
Phil Jackson is back for his first full season as GM. They seemed to fix the chemistry issues in the locker room by getting rid of both players and the coach who it is assumed caused them. Derek Fisher finally brings an offensive system to New York instead of iso JR and Melo. Calderon add a playmaking PG and can shoot 3s which is needed in the Triangle. We'll see how well the Knicks mesh and we must see if Phil and the boys can defend the basket instead of all scoring
Who to look for: Cleanthony Early and his promise as a young talent giving Melo a break from his large minutes
The Eastern Conference champs might have lost the most this offseason in one player Lebron James. They will still be a great team that will be a tough out in the playoffs. We will now get to see Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh show off their talent completely. Lebron often dominated the ball which made others game watchers at his greatness. The two stars cannot hold back and Wade must stay healthy to compete for an Eastern Conference championship. Add Luol Deng and a hopefully angry Mario Chalmers they should do good. Danny Granger and Mcroberts lessens the Lebron factor also.
Who to look for: Shabazz Napier if Chalmers don't step up can Napier because the Heat will need a new PG without Lebron
The interesting team in the league this year. The young backcourt of Beal and Wall can be the most dynamic in the league. If they both can take another step forward in their progression we might see them in the championship. The player who could take them to the next level would be Paul Pierce a veteran who knows what these young players are going through. Nene and Gortat gives them a strong front court. The bench must step up in order for them to be a championship team. Otto Porter and Glenn Robinson Jr must step up on offense and defense to not wear down the starters
Who to look for: The Bench can they thrive if fatigue or injuries occur
No team in the league hopes might not depend on one player knees as it does with Derrick Rose. If Rose is back in form the Bulls will be the team to beat in the East and perhaps the NBA. If not they will still be formidable. The addition of offense to Tom's system will be well received from the fans in Chicago. Pau Gasol gives them an elite front court presents on both sides of the ball. Noah will be the all star player he has always been. The bench is also strong this year with the ability to change up for match ups.
Who to look out for: Dougie Mcbuckets and Nikola Mirotic and the way they help the offense and can they play enough defense for Thib to let them in the game
The Cleveland Lebron's I mean the Cavs are the favorite to win the East and they should be. They have the best player in the league with two of the best offensive players in the league in Love and Irving. This team is more talented than the Heat teams mostly due to injuries to Wade. If Lebron and the coaching staff can convince K. Love and Kyrie to play Defense their might not be a chance for another team to beat them. They have depth with Dion Waters, Anderson, and some shooters coming off the bench. Tristan Thompson can thrive with Lebron in the fast break, but will he improve his overall game. The thing to watch is the half court offense with many people who need the ball.
Who to Watch: Ray Allen will he be the nail in the coffin for the forecasted #1 team in the conference
The East is looking a lot better this year than in previous years. The potential this conference has is strong, but youth in the conference might keep them from taking over the West for the next few years. There are many questions in the East that we won't know till the season carries on. What do you think did I forget somebody or something.