NBA Minute: Five Championship Contenders in the Eastern Conference division

The Bucks are 2-0 (as of this article) in this early season, and their star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is off to a great start.

The NBA season started a little over a week ago, and already there are a few teams in both conferences that look great. And come playoff time, we could see them in the NBA Finals. Here are five contenders of the Eastern Conference.

1.) Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are no strangers to winning. They won a championship in 2021, and every year, they manage to be one of the top teams in the East.

The Bucks are 2-0 (as of this article) in this early season, and their star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is off to a great start. Antetokounmpo averages 32.5 points and in his second game, he had 44 points.

As always, the Bucks are a team to watch, and despite missing one of their key players in Khris Middleton, Milwaukee is not a team to take lightly.

2.) Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics had some controversy before the start of the season, as their head coach Ime Udoka was suspended for what was initially called a “violation of organizational guidelines.” But the suspension has not slowed down the Celtics, and after reaching the finals last year, Boston looks like they want another shot.

The Celtics are currently third in the East with a record of 3-1. Their star forward Jayson Tatum is off to a nice start, as he averages 32.5 points, including a 40-point performance against the Orlando Magic on Saturday. His teammate Jaylen Brown is holding his own as well. Brown averages 24.0 points, and continues to be a valuable second option to Tatum.

Boston is off to a nice start, and with Tatum and Brown leading the way, they could possibly win a championship.

3.) Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers had one of the best (if not the best) offseasons this summer. They brought back veteran guard Ricky Rubio, who did an excellent job of mentoring young players. They brought in another veteran in Robin Lopez around the same time. And out of nowhere, the Cavs made a big trade.

The Cavaliers acquired Donovan Mitchell, as they sent Collin Sexton, Lauri Markannen, rookie Ochai Agbaji and draft picks to the Utah Jazz. Mitchell is already making an impact with the Cavs, and averages 33.3 points this season. He set records in his first few games, including being the first Cavalier to score 30 or more points in their first three games.

Cleveland turned heads last season and barely missed the playoffs. This year, they are a legitimate team that could go far.

4.) Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the top teams of the East. Despite their slow start, the Sixers are a team fans cannot sleep on.

The Sixers started their season 0-3 but managed to pick up a win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday. Philadelphia looked a bit like themselves in this game, as Joel Embiid had 26 points and James Harden had 29.

Embiid and the Sixers will have to turn things around before they are considered true contenders (this year), but as a team that plays well year after year, you have to keep them in the conversation.

5.) Brooklyn Nets

Like the Sixers, the Brooklyn Nets are not off to the best start. But they are a contender nearly every year, so they cannot be counted out. The Nets are 1-2, with their first loss being a 130-108 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Nets stars are playing solid but the team still has to mesh. And with the addition of Ben Simmons, who has fouled out in multiple games, it is going to take some time. Once Simmons is more comfortable, the Nets are a contender. But how far they go is truly up to them. 

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