5. New York Knicks (50-32)
Additions: Cole Aldrich; Andrea Bargnani; C.J. Leslie; Jeremy Tyler; Metta World Peace; Beno Udrih.
Subtractions: Earl Barron; Marcus Camby; Chris Copeland; Jason Kidd; Steven Novak; Quentin Richardson; James White.
NBA Draft: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Comment: After one of the best seasons in recent memory, the Knicks this season could begin their descent back to mediocrity. Three conference rivals have surpassed them, and nothing about this roster seems sustainable.
6. Cleveland Cavaliers (45-37)
Additions: Andrew Bynum; Earl Clark; Jarrett Jack.
Subtractions: Omri Casspi; Wayne Ellington; Kevin Jones; Shaun Livingston; Chris Quinn; Marreese Speights
NBA Draft: Anthony Bennett; Sergey Karasev; Carrick Felix.
Comment: The folks in Cleveland will gladly welcome a 21-game improvement and wrap their arms around this team on the rise. Everyone else should just enjoy Kyrie Irving. He's special.
7. Washington Wizards (44-38)
Additions: Al Harrington; Eric Maynor.
NBA Draft: Otto Porter Jr.; Glen Rice Jr.
Comment: When John Wall returned from injury, Washington went 24-25 in the final 49 games after a 5-28 start without him. There's reason for optimism in the nation's capital.
8. Detroit Pistons (42-40)
Additions: Chauncey Billups; Will Bynum; Luigi Datome; Josh Harrellson; Brandon Jennings; Josh Smith.
Subtractions: Jose Calderon; Kim English; Brandon Knight; Viacheslav Kravtsov; Corey Maggette; Jason Maxiell.
NBA Draft: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope; Tony Mitchell; Peyton Siva.
Comment: There's much more talent in the Motor City. But Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith are worrisome as a tandem, and who knows whether new coach Maurice Cheeks will be able to mold this bunch?
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