NBA Eastern Conference preseason power rankings

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Ranking the projected playoff teams in the Eastern Conference.

Predictions by Bobby Bonett

3. KNICKSOnce healthy, a motivated Baron Davis will
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

3. KNICKS
Once healthy, a motivated Baron Davis will give stability to point guard position. Bench much improved over 2010-11. Amar’e Stoudemire will need his rest for postseason run.
Prediction: Eastern Conference finals

6. 76ERSYoung and deep, Sixers on way up.
(Credit: AP)

6. 76ERS
Young and deep, Sixers on way up. Evan Turner looks to rebound from bad rookie season. Bringing back Thaddeus Young was key. Health may be concern.
Prediction: First round playoff exit

8. HAWKSCan Jeff Teague handle starting at point?
(Credit: MCT)

8. HAWKS
Can Jeff Teague handle starting at point? What will Marvin Williams, Josh Smith bring to table? Plenty of questions, but Al Horford, Joe Johnson still rock solid.
Prediction: First round playoff exit

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