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NBA preview: Ranking the 'best' in the Eastern Conference

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 14, 2015 in Oakland. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw

Newsday's Al Iannazzone picks the 'best' of the Eastern Conference in 2015.

BEST PLAYER

1. LeBron James, Cavaliers

2. John Wall, Wizards

3. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks

4. Paul George, Pacers

5. Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers

BEST SHOOTER

1. Kyle Korver, Hawks

2. Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers

3. Bradley Beal, Wizards

4. Kevin Love, Cavaliers

5. Jose Calderon, Knicks

BEST REBOUNDER

1. Andre Drummond, Pistons

2. Kevin Love, Cavaliers

3. Nikola Vucevic, Magic

4. Joakim Noah, Bulls

5. Pau Gasol, Bulls

BEST DEFENDER

1. Joakim Noah, Bulls

2. Jimmy Butler, Bulls

3. LeBron James, Cavaliers

4. Paul George, Pacers

5. John Wall, Wizards

BEST PLAYMAKER

1. LeBron James, Cavaliers

2. John Wall, Wizards

3. Dwyane Wade, Heat

4. Derrick Rose, Bulls

5. Kyle Lowry, Raptors

BEST PLAYER OFF THE BENCH

1. Joakim Noah, Bulls

2. Taj Gibson, Bulls

3. Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers

4. Isaiah Thomas, Celtics

5. Dennis Schroder, Hawks

BEST COACH

1. Mike Budenholzer, Hawks

2. Erik Spoelstra, Heat

3. Frank Vogel, Pacers

4. Stan Van Gundy, Magic

5. Jason Kidd, Bucks

(tie) Brad Stevens, Celtics

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