Itu2019s way too early for postseason predictions, but Washington has one of the most balanced teams in the NBA, with excellent depth courtesy of the Westbrook trade and a star in Beal who will only get better as the season progresses. Thatu2019s impressive considering what many believed to be an offseason of recalibration, with Jonas Valanciunas u2014 arguably the teamu2019s best regular season player in 2020-21 u2014 being shipped to New Orleans. Milwaukee Bucksnn
The Bucks started the season in a slump, but the return of Khris Middleton has put them right back atop the Eastern Conference hierarchy. The Suns made the Finals last season and look every bit as dominant this season, with a balanced offense under Chris Paulu2019s guidance and one of the NBAu2019s best defensive cores in Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges.