Mike Woodson was fired, Lebron could leave Cleveland. Now Joe Johnson will be a free agent.. Those changes all will involve 2 of the top 3 Eastern Conference. Now both Atlanta and Cleveland are bound to fall off next year. Toronto, Detroit and Washington are bound to rise next year. The Pistons have Prince, Hamilton, Villanueva, Ben Gordon and Ben Wallace, all playoff-built player along with rising stars Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko. Toronto might lose Chris Bosh but they are deep enough to be a home court advantage team with Bargnani, Turkoglu, Jack, Weems, Belinelli, DeRozan and Calderon. Washington is a very talented team, only with chemistry problems. The Cavaliers are garbage without Lebron.
My Eastern Conference predictions:
1.Boston. Only Boston and Orlando remain standing as ATL and Cleveland could be on a free fall. 2.Orlando. They will be fighting Boston for the top seed in the East.
3.Toronto. Without a doubt, a 50-win roster with the development of Andrea Bargnani.
5.Detroit. They have a talented roster. The Billups-Iverson trade was for their future, not their present.
6.Washington. As long as they solve those chemistry problems, they are a playoff team.
7.Charlotte. A sweep of Orlando hurt. But they will have more playoff experience.