At the beginning of December I posted a thread about the East being weak. Part of me thought that there was a 'perfect storm' of injuries and coaching adjustments and player-chemistry issues that would be correct during the month of December.
I was wrong.
We are now entering the 10th week of the season, and there are still only 3 teams over .500 in the east, and one of those teams (the Atlanta Hawk) just lost their franchise player (Al Horford) for the season. I do not expect them to maintain their high level of play.
Miami and Indy are the only teams over .500 and the Central Division looks like it may be won by a team that is under .500 (go Raptors!)
In the West there are 8 teams over .500 with a four more teams (T-Wolves, Denver, The Pelicans and the Grizz) that are all likely to finish at .500 or better.
I thought this would even out by the time the new year rolled around, but the East seems to be historically awful, despite having the two best teams in the league (my opinion obviously).
So what are the causes? Is it just bad coaching (Cheeks, Brown, Kidd and Wittman), injuries (NY, BK, CHI, PHI), player decline/lack of chemistry (BK, CHA, CLV), or just teams actually trying to do bad (I won't guess who is intentionally tanking and by 'team' I mean the management, not the players).
What are your thoughts? Is there any one factor here? Or is it a perfect storm?