Here’s how the Eastern Conference broke down:
My take? Chicago is too high, Indiana is one spot too low, Washington is surprisingly fairly rated, Cleveland and Detroit might be interchangeable at the 8 and 9 slots, and I would have very mixed emotions if the Celtics finished with 29 wins.
On the one hand, 29 wins would have tied the Celtics for the eighth-worst record in the NBA last year. That would mean Boston lost a lot of games and probably would end up with a decent draft pick (currently, DraftExpress.com lists Mario Hezonja, currently the top Euro prospect, as the 8th pick in 2014), but it also gives the Celtics some room to win a few games and grow as a team. On the other hand, with plenty of teams tanking hard from the get-go, 29 wins might be a painfully high number that gets the Cs a lot lower in the order than one would hope.
Obviously, it’s much, much too early to be making real judgments about how good or bad a team will be, but how do you all feel about 29 wins?
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