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The cream of East's not-so-vintage crop

The top five teams in the NBA still all play in the West. But who are the East's five best teams?

Updated: August 8, 2003, 2:17 PM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to identify the top five teams in the Eastern Conference. Good luck. You'll need it.

Sure, we can always make a list of the top five teams in the Eastern Conference. Just try getting to No. 3. I'm already at the Carolina Bobcats -- and they don't even play next season. Identifying the top five teams in the East is akin to identifying the top five wines by Boone's Farm.

The widening gap between East and West is even greater now, given ...

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