8. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are going for it this offseason, as the combination of Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, and former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan gives them plenty of scoring punch. It’s fair to wonder how this team will mesh, as it could take some time to figure out who gets to shoot the most.
7. New York Knicks
The Knicks surprised plenty when they earned the No. 4 seed in the conference last year, and while they could be in for a minor regression, Julius Randle is as deadly as ever, and the combination of Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker provides them with much better depth than they had last year.
6. Boston Celtics
With Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown back in the lineup, Boston should be in the postseason as a fixture for years to come if they continue to improve. Failing to find some additional scoring could make it much harder for them to earn a playoff spot in this specific season, especially with Brad Stevens off the sideline.
5. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks proved that they are not a team that can be trifled with, as Trae Young, Clint Capela, and John Collins have more than enough ability to lead this team deep into the postseason. Still, this roster has some holes as currently constructed, and Atlanta has a ceiling on how high they can fly in 2021.