The NBA’s Eastern Conference is pretty much Lebron’s land, but have they already wrapped it up? As Lee Corso would say “not so fast my friend!” The East is wide open, in what can be seen as a shift of power, the East could be won by any of three different teams. Before I tell you who is going to win the conference and battle for the title, lets take a deeper look at these three contenders.
Orlando is sort of like the Magic of old. They have the leagues best big man, surrounded him with shooters, and have called it good. The Magic didn’t make any big time moves in the off season. One could call landing Dwight Howard a move, but him along can’t win a title in the East.
The problem with having good shooters and a great big man, people start to watch. They begin to rely on him and his ability to get them an open shot. The Magic don’t have anyone that is a true playmaker off of the ball. They need a strong athletic player who will hustle and can create his own shot with the ball. This would extend the floor and make things easier for Dwight. This isn’t happening soon so the Magic will rely strictly on those shots and try to ride the shoulders of Dwight Howard to the promise land.
Da Bulls are back and better this season than last. They have the reigning MVP in Derrick Rose and a nice supporting cast that will compliment him nicely. The strength of this team is without a doubt their defense. They have hustle players that aren’t afraid to get dirty and push around lazy teams. While Rose may be the most important player on this team, winning the division will be more on Carlos Boozer. He is starting to be looked at as an offensive problem. People question his ability to score which is a problem for this team. He will be splitting time with Joe Noah but if he can’t step up on the offensive side of the ball, then the Boozer to Chicago project will be a failure.
Are the Heat Lebron’s team? Are they Dwayne’s team? Is it a fair statement to say that no one really knows? While D-Wade owns the town, LBJ has a star power that only can be rivaled by Kobe Bryant. Once Kobe retires this will be Lebron’s league hands down. That being said it is his time to win a title in miami. The year after The Decision he couldn’t get it done, but he has a new sidekick on his side. The addition of Shane Battier is a huge move! His defense puts this team in the true top spot in the East, now its time to make it happen. This is the Heat’s year but they haven’t been crowned yet. They still need to make sure they stay healthy and get the ball to Chris Bosh.
The Heat really missed out when they didn’t throw the farm at Chauncey Billups. They desperately need a true point guard! If they could get a Ty Lawson type of player then they will put themselves in a very good position to take the East.
While the East is one injury or two away from a major shift in power, the expected champion is the Heat. Miami made a strong off season move by bringing in Shane Battier but still need a center or PG to be complete. If they pick up either then they will be all but untouchable.
The Bulls are much closer than people think. They have something that is better than everyone else in the division; solid defense. Their ability to keep them into games by preventing the other team to get open shots and score at will, puts them into a very good position to challenge the Heat. If chemistry, ankles, or other things get broken in South Beach the Bulls will be there to steal the show.