TI Roundtable: Predicting the 2023-24 NBA season

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Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket while defended by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34). Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports /

Predicting the NBA Eastern Conference Standings

Rylan Stiles, Editor in Chief, @Rylan_Stiles on Twitter: 

  1. Bucks
  2. Celtics
  3. Cavs
  4. Knicks
  5. 76ers
  6. Nets
  7. Heat
  8. Pacers
  9. Hawks
  10. Magic
  11. Raptors
  12. Bulls
  13. Pistons
  14. Wizards
  15. Hornets

Alex Mcewan, Contributor, @EFlame_717 on Twitter: 

  1. Celtics
  2.  Bucks
  3. Cavaliers
  4.  Heat
  5. Sixers
  6. Knicks
  7. Magic
  8. Hawks
  9. Nets
  10. Hornets
  11. Pistons
  12. Bulls
  13. Raptors
  14. Pacers
  15. Wizards

Ivan White, Contributor, @Ivanbball13 on Twitter:

  1. Bucks
    As expected, Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a regular season wins machine.
  2. Celtics
    Boston’s big four will carry it to another very successful season in the Tatum era.
  3. Cavaliers
    Cleveland makes another step forward and may have even been a Finals dark horse before the Celtics’ and Bucks’ recent moves.
  4. 76ers
    James Harden may or may not be there, but Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey will be enough to keep them in the top four.
  5. Hawks
    Quin Snyder helps turn this team around to get Atlanta moving in the right direction again.
  6. Knicks
    It’s just a small regression from the Knicks after last season’s success.
  7.  Heat
    Miami got worse in the offseason, but it really only cares about the playoffs anyway.
  8. Magic
    Outside of the Thunder, the Magic will be the most fun young team to watch this season.
  9.  Bulls
    Chicago is stuck in mediocrity for now, but it will likely blow it up after this season.
  10. Pacers
    Tyrese Haliburton helps the Pacers get back to the play-in for the first time since 2021.
  11. Raptors
    Without Fred VanVleet, the Raptors take a step back and may make some big moves at the trade deadline.
  12. Nets
    Mikal Bridges is great, but the rest of the roster is not.
  13. Hornets
    The Hornets should be better, but betting on their health is a difficult thing to do.
  14.  Pistons
    Detroit has some young, promising players, but that won’t translate to wins this season.
  15.  Wizards
    Jordan Poole will get buckets, and the Wizards will get losses.