Thursday, August 16, 2012

2012-13 Eastern Conference Update

These are my predicted 2012-13 Eastern Conference Final Standings which factor in the four way trade between the Los Angles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Denver Nuggets on August 10th.

Tier 7
15. Cleveland

Tier 6
14. Charlotte

13. Washington

12. Orlando
The Magic did a fair job of maximizing Dwight Howard's trade value. The team was able to acquire a few valuable role players and was able to unload Jason Richardson. The Magic have put themselves in an excellent position to build around a small forward. Hedo Turkoglu is in his last guaranteed year of his contract with next year having a player option; while he has been loyal to the Magic organization, he is at the point of his career at which he is seeking to win an NBA Championship, so I would not be surprised to see him moved to a contender by the trade deadline.

Tier 5
11. Milwaukee

10. Detroit

Tier 4
9. Toronto

8. Philadelphia
Andrew Bynum is an excellent upgrade at the center position; however, the Sixers lost the advantage they had in the Eastern Conference at the two/three spot that they had with Andre Igudala. While Bynum is one of the best centers in the league, every team that I project to finish better than Phily (besides Miami) has a defensive specialist center who will be able to compete with Bynum in the post.

7. Chicago

6. Atlanta

Tier 3
5. Brooklyn

4. New York

Tier 2
3. Boston

Tier 1
2. Indiana

1. Miami

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