Analyzing the Leastern Conference

After taking two days to preview the West, Bill Simmons breezes through the East in Part 3 of his NBA preview.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:20 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

After previewing the best of the West on Thursday and the dregs on Wednesday, here's one man's horrified look at the East, from worst to best. Please note: In this case, we're using the word "best" very, very loosely. Anyway ...

15. Atlanta Hawks After winning 35 games last season, here were the Hawks' big moves this summer: They swapped their second-leading scorer (Glenn Robinson) for a guy who can't play anymore (Terrell Brandon). They hired a new coach named "Terry Stotts" (which might ...

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