Commentary

East Forecast: Ranking worst to first

This conference will have several power teams alongside a collection of doormats

Originally Published: December 21, 2011
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Dwyane Wade, LeBron James & Chris Bosh  Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesWith a full season together under their belts, these three amigos in Miami look like East favorites.

Life isn't fair, and neither is the distribution of talent in the Eastern Conference, where four teams hoard the A-list stars and leave the rest fighting for scraps. While I wrote the other day that the West standings likely will be very compressed this season, the East is just the opposite.