Boston ranks seventh in the East, behind the Cavs (2), Hawks (9), Heat (10), Bulls (11), Bucks (12) and Raptors (13). The departure of Paul Pierce was apparently enough for Stein to bump the Celts ahead of the Wizards (15), an Eastern Conference semifinalist in 2014-15.
Also of note to Celtics fans, the Mavericks are in prime position to fork over a lottery pick at No. 18 (Boston gets Dallas' 2016 first-round draft choice if it's outside the top seven), while the Nets are No. 26 (the Celtics own Brooklyn's unprotected first-round pick next year).