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The writing's been on the wall since 2008 in my opinion.  Sure the Western Conference was more balanced from 1-8 that year but it was arguable the top 2 teams in the league that season were the Celtics and Pistons.  Last season the Magic, Cavs and Celtics were 3 of the 4 best teams in the league.  This year, you'd be hard pressed not to include Atlanta as a top 5 team.  I think at this point they're better than Denver and Dallas and even Phoenix.  I'm not sold on the Suns yet this season despite ESPN's generous Power Rankings- last night's thrashing at the hands of the 4-14 Knicks doesn't make me any more convinced.  Furthermore San Antonio, who was supposed to be the Fakers stiffest competition, has been searching for their identity.

Basically since the first time in a LONG time I believe the NBA's Eastern Conference has surpassed the Western Conference as far as superiority.  Face it even when the Bulls were winning all those titles in the 1990s, the 2nd through about 6th best teams were always in the West.  Phoenix, Utah, Seattle were perennial powerhouses in the 1990s.  Don't forget the Rockets who actually won 2 titles in that decade.

The 1980s I feel was the last time the East was better.  Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit and other teams like Milwaukee made for a much more competitive Eastern Conference than the West, where the Fakers steamrolled over everyone.

It used to be better to be in the East since it wasn't as hard to go deep in the playoffs.  Not anymore.

tb727 12/02/2009 10:11:00 AM Edit
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  1. I think without question the East is better this year especially with the rise of the Hawks and Bucks.

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