1. MIAMI HEAT (52-14 projected)
Additions: F Shane Battier; C Eddy Curry; C Mickell Gladness; PG Jeremy Wise
Subtractions: C Jamaal Magloire
Shrinking or growing: Growing. Battier is the missing link to the Heat winning not one title, not two, not three … One year of experience for Miami Thrice helps makes this the best team in the league.
2. CHICAGO BULLS (50-16)
Additions: SG Richard Hamilton; G Jimmy Butler
Subtractions: SG Rasual Butler; C Kurt Thomas
Shrinking/growing: Growing. Point guard and MVP Derrick Rose hopefully will remember he has a terrific supporting cast to help him, especially with the wild-card addition of Hamilton.
3. BOSTON CELTICS (41-25)
Additions: F Brandon Bass; SG Marquis Daniels; G Keyon Dooling; F JaJuan Johnson; G E'Twaun Moore; C Greg Stiemsma; PF Chris Wilcox
Subtractions: F Glen Davis; G Delonte West; C Nenad Krstic; G Von Wafer
Shrinking/growing: Shrinking. The Celtics are becoming a relic. They lost a young gun in Glen "Big Baby" Davis to Orlando, and now Jeff Green is out for the season with an aortic aneurysm.
4. ORLANDO (40-26)
Additions: F Glen Davis; PG Gabe Pruitt; F Justin Harper; SG Larry Hughes; G DeAndre Liggins
Subtractions: SG Gilbert Arenas; F Brandon Bass