4. Miami Heat
The Heat announced that they are going for it this year, adding Kyle Lowry to a group that already includes Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. While they might not overtake some of the heavy hitters in the East, this team is without question much better than it was last year.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
The Ben Simmons offensive questions still have not been answered, but a team that featured Joel Embiid as the main centerpiece, Tobias Harris as a secondary scorer, and Doc Rivers as the coach will have a very high floor. However, with Simmons’ inability to shoot still present, Philadelphia is stick at No. 3.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The champs are going to be one of the best teams in the league, as Giannis Antetokounmpo is only getting better. With Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday proving to be perfect secondary and tertiary options, Milwaukee making it to the Finals again would surprise no one.
1. Brooklyn Nets
Assuming that everyone stays healthy, this is going to be one tough puzzle to solve. In addition to Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving providing an automatic 75 points a night, Brooklyn managed to add plenty of talented role players. If the Raptors want to make a run at the division, they have their work cut out for them.