The 2019-2020 NBA season is officially in full swing, and it goes without saying that it has started off with a bang. We’ve already seen some huge performances from established superstars, bona fide legends, and young blood rookies, but this raises one major question, which conference is doing better at this point in time?
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While previously, it was constantly stated by fans and pundits alike that the western conference would be the one to dominate them all this NBA season, and to a certain extent, they’re not wrong. However, there are many sleeper hit teams coming out of the eastern conference as well, which are certainly not to be slept on at all. In this article, we’ll break down the top 4 teams as the rankings stand now in the NBA eastern conference.
Currently ranked #1 in the east, with a 5-1 record, the Celtics are sitting pretty at the start of this season. Boston appeared to be having a disastrous offseason, losing two off their big three all-stars Kyrie Irving, and Al Horford, the former of which stung Bostonians particularly hard. However, superstar guard Kemba Walker was a huge acquisition for the team, and has done a lot in helping the fortune of the boys in green. Not to mention, last year’s big Celtics signee, Gordon Hayward has been putting on incredible performances to boot.
Of course, second come the conference finalists from last year, the Milwaukee Bucks. Presently sitting on a 6-2 record, right behind the Celtics in the rankings, however, they have played two more games, so the fate remains to be decided with it being this early in the season. With plays bookended by the best young talent in the league, Giannis, the Bucks are sure to make a huge splash this season, perhaps even more than the previous one, which was monumental enough as is.
Coming to the third entry on our list, the Miami Heat. It goes without saying that the Heat have seen better days, pretty much dominating the NBA with the legendary trio of LeBron, Bosh, and Wade. However, inclusion of young, yet bankable player Jimmy Butler, the Heat have managed to secure the third berth at this point in the season. Holding a record of 5 wins and 2 losses thus far, their long term seasonal performance is yet to be seen, but the way it’s looking, Miami appears to be a real force to be reckoned with in the East.
Last but not least, we come to the fourth and final entry on our list the Philly 76ers. While a hugely hyped team, which made big moves in the summer, one would expect them to be a little higher. They are a conference top 4 team though, holding a win loss record of 5-2, tied with the aforementioned Heat, and the following ranked team, the Raptors. Philly has a great underdog story, and we would personally love to see them win the big one.