NBA preview: Eastern Conference outlook

  • Updated: October 29, 2012 - 11:24 PM

Eastern Conference

1. MIAMI

Eric Spoelstra is trying to morph the Heat into a team of position-less players -- LeBron James is his "4" and Chris Bosh his "5," or are they? -- but the new Heat's tack is clear as they aim for a title repeat: Add shooters Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis (and Mike Miller, too) around their big stars.

2. BOSTON

Don't count the old guys out just yet, because the Celtics have retooled with Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and rookies Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. This is Rajon Rondo's team more than anything.

3. PHILADELPHIA

If his knees hold up, newly acquired Andrew Bynum just might prove there's reason to vote a center to the revamped All-Star Game ballots that now exclude the position.

4. INDIANA

The Pacers retained big Roy Hibbert and bring back Danny Granger and David West, but taking the next step might depend on if 6-8 shooting guard Paul George is ready to become a real star.

5. BROOKLYN

New city, new name, new logo, new vibe, and a remade team that re-signed Deron Williams and Brook Lopez and added a third max-salary guy, guard Joe Johnson, as well. Suddenly, the Nets might be the best team in New York.

6. NEW YORK

Linsanity is gone to Houston, and old-timers Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace have arrived. A knee injury that could keep Amare Stoudemire out for the season's first six weeks won't help.

7. CHICAGO

They just might have challenged Miami for the East's No. 1 seed if Derrick Rose hadn't torn his ACL in last spring's playoffs, but he did. The former league MVP won't be back until late February, and he admits he could miss the entire season.

8. ATLANTA

The Hawks have reached the playoffs five consecutive years, but never really have gone anywhere. New GM Danny Ferry has traded away Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams and is building around Al Horford as well as Josh Smith, who could be dealt at the trade deadline.

9. WASHINGTON

John Wall will start the season sidelined because of a knee injury, but the new-culture Wizards will appear more stable with Nene, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and rookie Bradley Beal.

10. TORONTO

The Raptors will be better with the arrival of Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunias, Landry Fields and Terrence Ross, but will it matter?

11. MILWAUKEE

The Bucks possess a potentially electrifying backcourt with having Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis for a full season, but not enough elsewhere.

12. ORLANDO

Yes, Dwight Howard is gone, but don't forget Ryan Anderson is, too. This may be Glen "Big Baby" Davis' team for now.

13. CLEVELAND

This is reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving's time, even if it isn't the Cavs' time just yet.

14. DETROIT

The Pistons have some nice pieces -- Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and intriguing rookie Andre Drummond -- but you don't win with some nice pieces.

15. CHARLOTTE

The Bobcats have added new coach Mike Dunlap and new players Ben Gordon, Ramon Sessions and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, so they will be better. That's not saying a whole lot.

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Cincinnati - M. Latos 6:05 PM
Baltimore - B. Norris
Boston - J. Kelly 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - S. Greene
Detroit - K. Lobstein 6:05 PM
Cleveland - C. Carrasco
NY Mets - J. Niese 6:10 PM
Miami - B. Penny
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick 6:10 PM
Atlanta - M. Minor
Toronto - R. Dickey 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Hellickson
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - J. Arrieta
LA Angels - C. Wilson 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Peacock
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 7:10 PM
Minnesota - T. Milone
Texas - D. Holland 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Guthrie
Pittsburgh - J. Locke 7:15 PM
St. Louis - A. Wainwright
San Francisco - Y. Petit 7:40 PM
Colorado - J. Lyles
Seattle - J. Paxton 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
Washington - D. Fister 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw
Arizona - W. Miley 9:10 PM
San Diego - O. Despaigne
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
Buffalo 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
New Orleans 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta
Minnesota 9/7/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Cleveland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Jacksonville 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Oakland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Cincinnati 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Washington 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Tennessee 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
New England 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Tampa Bay
San Francisco 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Indianapolis 9/7/14 7:30 PM
Denver
Utah State 7 FINAL
Tennessee 38
SMU 0 FINAL
(10) Baylor 45
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
Louisville 31
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(7) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(22) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(14) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(16) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(2) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
(25) Washington
(15) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(11) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(18) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(8) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(19) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(6) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(15) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(13) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(21) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(5) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(7) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 9:00 PM
Phoenix
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