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Power Ranking the NBA Eastern Conference Post-Free Agency 2014

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Ranking the NBA Eastern Conference Post-Free Agency

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The Eastern Conference saw some big changes this offseason as a result of big-name free agents switching teams. With these switches, and other offseason moves, let’s see how all 15 teams in the East stack up against one another heading into the 2014-15 NBA season. Power ranking style.

15. Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic
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15. Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic
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There are a couple of bright spots on this team, but the Orlando Magic are not entering the 2014-15 season with a lot of hype. They very well could finish higher in the standings, but it’s not like they made a huge splash this offseason.

14. Milwaukee Bucks

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14. Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks
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The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off of a horrible season, but at least they landed Jabari Parker in the 2014 NBA Draft. Hopefully he really was the most NBA-ready player in the draft because the team needs a big boost as soon as possible. For what it’s worth, they also landed head coach Jason Kidd.

13. Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers
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13. Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers
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The Philadelphia 76ers seem to be going in an odd direction in terms of their draft picks, but I have high expectations for Nerlens Noel. If he actually does come in and show us all why he should have been the No. 1 draft pick in 2013, the 76ers could surprise some people.

12. Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics
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12. Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics
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The Boston Celtics picked up some solid players in the NBA draft, but like many other teams, did not strike gold in free agency. With that said, Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller could be nice additions.

11. Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons
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11. Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons
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I am predicting Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to have big seasons in 2014. Drummond already showed us what he was capable of last season, but taking an even bigger step is exactly what this team needs.

10. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets
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10. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets
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The Brooklyn Nets lost their head coach and Paul Pierce this offseason. Pierce is probably the bigger loss, but the team will have a new identity no matter what. It would be nice if Deron Williams could have a big year, but that remains to be seen.

9. New York Knicks

New York Knicks
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9. New York Knicks

New York Knicks
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The New York Knicks got Carmelo Anthony back, which was huge. After all, he is one of the best players in the league to say the least.

8. Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks
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8. Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks
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The Atlanta Hawks could be good in the upcoming season if players like Al Horford are able to stay healthy. This team could easily finish higher in the Eastern Conference standings if all goes according to plan for them.

7. Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets
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7. Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets
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The Charlotte Hornets could be an under-the-radar team. They made the playoffs this past season, but managed to add Lance Stephenson this offseason. That is a huge pickup for the team. Teams like Cleveland and Chicago will get a lot of buzz all season long, but watch out for Charlotte.

6. Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards
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6. Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards
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Here is where teams start to get really good. Bradley Beal and John Wall make up one heck of a backcourt duo, but they are not the only talented players on the team. Washington also added Paul Pierce.

5. Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors
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5. Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors
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Bringing back Kyle Lowry was big not only for the upcoming season, but for Toronto’s future as well. This is a Raptors team that very well could finish in the top three of the Eastern Conference standings.

4. Miami Heat

Miami Heat
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4. Miami Heat

Miami Heat
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Miami loses the best player in the world, but people can expect Chris Bosh to take on a bigger role now. Luol Deng was also a nice addition. There are a lot of ifs on this team, though. For instance, IF Dwyane Wade can stay healthy and IF Danny Granger can put up 20+ points per game once again, the Heat could be really good. Sorry if that was too much optimism.

3. Indiana Pacers

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3. Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers
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The Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson, but they still have one of the best players in the league in Paul George. The Pacers have the talent to win the East, like they did this past season, but they can be inconsistent at times.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers
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2. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers
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The Cleveland Cavaliers had the best offseason out of any team. It started with the 2014 NBA Draft when they picked up Andrew Wiggins. Then, the team landed LeBron James. There is a chance that the Cavs pick up Kevin Love, which would make this team look a lot different, but probably better as well.

1. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls
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1. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls
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The Chicago Bulls are coming off of a pretty good season. They were a great defensive team, but needed some help on the offensive side of the ball. Like Cleveland, there is a chance that the Bulls land Kevin Love. Even if they don’t, Pau Gasol joined the team and Derrick Rose is healthy.

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