Another NBA season is right around the corner. Like, it’s literally breathing down our necks at this point. But we still have to figure out who is going to take the top spot. Starting out East, here’s our look at the conference. The good news is that LeBron James no longer plays for Cleveland.
So let’s find out what the rest of the NBA can do out East.
Here’s where we see each team finishing this season…
15. Atlanta Hawks
Why They’re Below Everyone: Did you see Trae Young in Summer League? That was against defenders who will be playing in Latvia next year. Imagine what NBA defenders will do to him. And the Hawks are going to let him work through it. They bet the farm on him and have no choice but to see it through. That they not only would like to maximize the value of their own draft pick, but keep Dallas’ out of the top-five as well, is only a happy coincidence. The Knicks are trying to tank. Atlanta has no problem with it, but it is going to be forced upon them.