Team 2012-13 Record 1. Indiana 49-32 In: Copeland, Scola, Watson, Hill (R) Out: Augustin, Green, Hansbrough, Pendergraph 2. Chicago 45-37 In: Dunleavy, Murphy (R), Snell (R) Out: Belinelli, Hamilton, Cook, Radmanovic, Robinson, Thomas 3. Milwaukee 38-44 In: Delfino, Mayo, Pachulia, Ridnour, Knight, Neal, Middleton, Antetokounmpo (R), Raduljica (R), Wolters (R) Out: Dunleavy, Mbah a Moute, Redick, Ayon, Ellis, Gooden, Jennings, Przybilla 4. Detroit 29-53 In: Billups, Datome, Smith, Jennings, Caldwell-Pope (R), Siva (R), Mitchell (R) Out: Calderon, Knight, Kravtsov, English, Middleton, Maxiell 5. Cleveland 24-58 In: Bynum, Clark, Jack, Felix (R), Karasev (R), Bennett (R) Out: Casspi, Ellington, Livingston, Speights, Gibson, Walton, Quinn Indiana got much tougher with the additions of Scola, Copeland and Watson. Their bench is much stronger and they will be a primary contender for the 1st in the division. They are a proven playoff team and will be one of the top contenders to knock off Heat and go to the finals. In addition they added McMillan to their coaching staff to replace Shaw. Chicago’s performance will largely depend on Rose's health. Supposedly he has recovered and should be ready at the season’s beginning. I was expecting that Bulls would make some other moves after signing Dunleavy. The pickings are slim at this point and Robinson left, so the team needs someone at the backup PG spot. The starting five on this team are strong, however their bench is extremely thin and I am not sure if the team can continue putting their starters out on the court for 40 min most nights and expect them to produce and remain healthy. If they can find quality additions and if Rose is healthy, the Bulls will be a top challenger to Indiana. Milwaukee is going through a big changeover. A completely new backcourt including a young and largely unproven PG will make this season interesting to say the least. It is tough to see the team even repeating last year’s results with the way the roster currently structured. It will also be interesting to see how many points they will be giving up with this roster. Overall, many question marks about this team. Detroit has definitely upgraded and the expectations are definitely higher after a very productive off-season. Smith and Jennings bring new dimensions to the team that have been sorely lacking: an actual PG, who can score and also set the others up and a strong defensive player who can also score. The team is definitely better and is positioned to finish higher than last season. How high will depend on how the coach utilizes the players, how the new roster will mash on the court, and if the new signings can play “smart” basketball. Could finish 3rd in the division. Cleveland has potentially gotten better, but that really depends on Bynum's health and development of Waiters. Jack will help this team and he could also step in if Kyrie is injured again. They also have an excess of bigs on the roster, so it would be interesting to see if any of them are moved to possibly obtain more scoring. This team could be potentially very good but there are many question marks here as well which include player health, chemistry, and where the points will come from.