ESPN has ranked the Eastern conference: (43-39, good for 6th place)
Cavs, Celtics, Magic, Hawks, Heat, Bulls, 76ers, Wizards (playoff teams)
Our voters have the Bulls winning as few as 30 games and as many as 55,
and perhaps it comes down to what they think of reigning rookie of the
year Derrick Rose,
whose scintillating playoff performance was followed by a tumultuous
summer. In any case, most of our panel is bullish on Chicago overall.
Well except for the Wizards, and swapping the Bulls/76ers, the ESPN writers just picked the same order that the teams finished in the East last year. Apparently they don't see much changing, and I'm not sure I disagree a whole lot.
The only pick I really disagree with on the list is the Wizards, but even then I can't argue them too much further down if they remain even somewhat healthy. I'd probably move the Raptors up to 8th, but it's worth noting that they were tied in predicted record with Detroit just a game back.