Eastern Conference champion Cavs, Celtics or Raptors?

The Eastern Conference Champions is a race between the three front-runners: Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors. The Cavaliers won’t run away with the Eastern Conference with another guaranteed NBA Finals appearance. This could be a fun season in the East despite not having three former Team USA representatives on one team like many teams in the Western Conference.

The best starting five in the East? The Cavs have the edge because they have LeBron James. Isiah Thomas won’t be around for the first half of the season; therefore Derrick Rose may start at point guard. Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith complete the starting five.

The Celtics starters look good on paper with three All-stars: Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford. They are together for the first time and need an adjustment period before we see very good results. Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown are role players.

The Raptors have the dynamic duo: Demar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. The big men Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas are solid. The Achilles heel is the small forward where C.J. Miles is replacing DeMarre Carroll.

Who has the better bench? Most teams will use an eight man rotation which means three key players who come off the bench are major contributors. Once again it is the Cavs with Jae Crowder who can play and guard multiple positions and score. Channing Frye and Kyle Korver three-point shooting specialist. Iman Shumpert a hustle player. Rose will come off bench once Thomas is healthy.

The Celtics bench was a great strength last year now is it a weakness. Aron Baynes, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier. Only Marcus Smart was a key contributor last year. Tatum is a rookie and Rozier is a third year player.

The Raptors have the youngest key bench players: Pascal Siakam, Jacob Poetl, Norman Powell and Delon Wright. Powell and Wright are the veteran with two years’ experience. The two big men will be playing their second season.

Which team in the Eastern Conference is favourite?

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