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JordansBulls
02-22-2011, 10:07 AM
Is the East now stronger than the West with Melo going to Knicks also weakening the Nuggets team?

Big Zo
02-22-2011, 10:16 AM
I think so. Most of the big stars are in the east and the teams in the west are getting old.

ATX
02-22-2011, 10:25 AM
I would say that it has leveled out, but wouldn't go as far to say the East is better.

aussie
02-22-2011, 10:30 AM
well West have more teams over .500 and you need more then .500 to get into the finals out west

Crackadalic
02-22-2011, 10:42 AM
East is more top heavy. West is better overall. You got two teams over 500 in 9th and 10th place in the west.

millerandco
02-22-2011, 10:51 AM
did you not watch the allstar game :P

haha but seriously west is still stronger

JayAllDay
02-22-2011, 11:24 AM
Cavaliers and Nets...

West is so much stronger

Minimal
02-22-2011, 11:27 AM
East is stronger just because it has stronger contenders

NYKalltheway
02-22-2011, 01:05 PM
West has better TEAMS

X12Celtics3
02-22-2011, 01:08 PM
East is more top heavy. West is better overall. You got two teams over 500 in 9th and 10th place in the west.

Good post, I agree.

rhino17
02-22-2011, 02:10 PM
West is better

Storch
02-22-2011, 02:13 PM
East Top heavy teams > West's mediocre .500 teams

thekmp211
02-22-2011, 02:13 PM
west is still deeper, but the east has definitely caught up a lot in the past 2-3 years. thank god, it was ugly for a while.

thekmp211
02-22-2011, 02:14 PM
East Top heavy teams > West's mediocre .500 teams

east's 5th seed on << west's 5th seed on

Dankster
02-22-2011, 02:17 PM
Seems like the balance of power is definitely shifting to the east especially with all this player movement (and potentially more ahead....)

Sly Guy
02-22-2011, 02:23 PM
are we talking all teams, all playoff teams, or all elite teams?

cuz that kind of definition would change my choice.

cwilson21
02-22-2011, 02:32 PM
West:

Against East: 187-138 (.575)

East:

Against West: 138-187 (.425)

Yeah...

Create
02-22-2011, 02:43 PM
West is overall better.

nolin
02-22-2011, 02:43 PM
1-6 East are sronger

7-16 west are stronger


so take your pick . think east having more elite teams make them better

mike_noodles
02-22-2011, 02:44 PM
The bottom half of the West is way stronger than that of the East. I give my nod to the West still.

Jenceman
02-22-2011, 02:50 PM
West:

Against East: 187-138 (.575)

East:

Against West: 138-187 (.425)

Yeah...

This. Total domination so far.

Bravo95
02-22-2011, 02:55 PM
Nope, not yet. Just more to talk about.

chicago lulz
02-22-2011, 02:57 PM
West is still stronger overall. East is top heavy, but it's an improvement.

Raph12
02-22-2011, 03:06 PM
West has stronger lottery teams, East has stronger contenders (1-5/6)...

bathroom_man
02-22-2011, 03:22 PM
east top heavy teams?

west matches that with spurs. mavs . lakers

and for the tie breaker. thunder are better than magic

bad teams in the east:

cavs
nets
wiz
raptors
pistons

semi bad

pacers
bucks
sixers
bobcats

west by a mile.. time after time

B'sCeltsPatsSox
02-22-2011, 03:46 PM
The East is better at the top of the standings but the West is better from there on.

believeinNYK
02-22-2011, 03:54 PM
West is overall better however there are more elite teams that are also younger than the west elite teams

spurs4#5
02-22-2011, 03:54 PM
im glad melo is out of the west i could care less if the east is stronger than the west the more stars that go to different teams in the east the better the chances of my spurs making it to the finals...i guess the same thing could be said about the lakers and mavs

Tony_Starks
02-22-2011, 03:58 PM
Not even close. Melo going to NY makes them more exciting but lets keep it real its not like they're going to instantly be a contender now. The East has 3, maybe 4 legit contenders and the rest are mediocre. The West is pretty solid all the way around.....

Nikeman
02-22-2011, 04:20 PM
People keep saying west is stronger, but I see only two teams that can come out of the West. Lakers or Spurs.. this regular season doesn't matter. East can have Miami, Boston, Orlando, Bulls easy.. and NYK are better than west's 5 seed easy

JNA17
02-22-2011, 04:22 PM
still not close yet. The teams in the west are still much better then the east

Lloyd Christmas
02-22-2011, 04:39 PM
Its getting closer but not yet.

1. Celtics or Spurs (About even)
2. Miami or Dallas (East)
3. Chicago or LA (West)
4. Orlando or OKC (West)
5. Atlanta or Portland (Depends on Roy's health)
6. NY or NO (East if the Knicks quickly develop chemistry)

7-15 West and not even close.

sunnydayin'zona
02-22-2011, 04:49 PM
People keep saying west is stronger, but I see only two teams that can come out of the West. Lakers or Spurs.. this regular season doesn't matter. East can have Miami, Boston, Orlando, Bulls easy.. and NYK are better than west's 5 seed easy

out of the teams you named,

spurs and lakers have 9 championships out of the last 12...heat and celtics have one each.

but that doesnt really matter, just making the point that spurs and lakers (these specific spurs lakers teams) have won A LOT recently.
dont get me wrong, hate 'em both, but i see them taking any of those east teams.

lakers spurs and mavs are all contenders, only boston is clearly better than these teams. miami has a good case too, but it could go either way. otherwise, orlando's not having a good year. bulls vs those west teams is a toss up. knicks havent played a game on the court and honestly arent much better now for all that they lost.

JordansBulls
02-22-2011, 06:37 PM
still not close yet. The teams in the west are still much better then the east

Who is much better?

marlinsfan24
02-22-2011, 06:47 PM
Its getting closer but not yet.

1. Celtics or Spurs (About even)
2. Miami or Dallas (East)
3. Chicago or LA (West)
4. Orlando or OKC (West)
5. Atlanta or Portland (Depends on Roy's health)
6. NY or NO (East if the Knicks quickly develop chemistry)

7-15 West and not even close.

I'd give the slight edge to the Celtics, but other then that, I agree with this post completely.

the_jon
02-22-2011, 07:07 PM
East Top heavy teams > West's mediocre .500 teams
Most of those "mediocre .500 teams" would be well above in the East. Not getting to play 8-10 scrub teams 4 times a year each can have that affect on your record.


EDIT: Raptors fan.

knicksfan42
02-22-2011, 07:09 PM
Yell yea East is stronger than the west, we got Balkman now.

Mudvayne91
02-22-2011, 07:10 PM
I saw West is stronger, but the gap is closing. I think East may surpass them by next year.

LTBaByyy
02-22-2011, 07:16 PM
Its getting closer but not yet.

1. Celtics or Spurs (About even)
2. Miami or Dallas (East)
3. Chicago or LA (West)
4. Orlando or OKC (West)
5. Atlanta or Portland (Depends on Roy's health)
6. NY or NO (East if the Knicks quickly develop chemistry)

7-15 West and not even close.

Ummmm the Mavs are 3-0 against the Heat this season? :eyebrow:

And 2 of them were when the Heat were at full strength

Lloyd Christmas
02-22-2011, 07:34 PM
Ummmm the Mavs are 3-0 against the Heat this season? :eyebrow:

And 2 of them were when the Heat were at full strength

I still think the Heat are a better overall team then the Mavs. The Mavs lost how many games against the Warriors during the "We Believe" season? I still think the Mavs were a better team then the Warriors but that was just a tough matchup for them.

I'm not saying that the Heat are head and shoulders better then the Mavs but they are better in my opinion.

Jewelz0376
02-22-2011, 07:39 PM
Like some have already said...East is more top heavy, but after the first 6 teams in the Easy there is a HUGE drop...so ima still have to say the west is stronger..playing in the east you get more games that are gimmes than teams in the west get

marlinsfan24
02-22-2011, 07:45 PM
Ummmm the Mavs are 3-0 against the Heat this season? :eyebrow:

And 2 of them were when the Heat were at full strength

Heat and Mavericks only play twice a season..


And the Heat went 0-2 vs the Mavs in 2006 too ;) (doesn't mean much now, but I like saying it lol)

BkOriginalOne
02-22-2011, 07:48 PM
It is a tie right now, but wait until Paul and Williams come east, then. the top 4 point guards will play in the east.
Paul, D will, Rose, Rondo.

ShakeN'Bake
02-22-2011, 08:01 PM
East is more top heavy. West is better overall. You got two teams over 500 in 9th and 10th place in the west.

This

NYMetros
02-22-2011, 08:02 PM
The west is still better, but the gap's been narrowed. The west is just way more of a grind. The east has a ton of cupcake games.

Hawkeye15
02-22-2011, 08:04 PM
depends how you measure "strength". There is far more depth out west. There are currently two teams under .500 (one of which is 6 game below) in the east that would make the playoffs if the season ended today. The worst team in the west's playoff field would be a #6 seed out east.

The middle of the west is waaaaaaay stronger than the east. The top of the east is better than the west. The bottom of the west is better than the east.

Basically, the east is top heavy, but the west still has more depth, the current champions, and is the deeper, stronger conference.

JordansBulls
02-22-2011, 08:26 PM
Ummmm the Mavs are 3-0 against the Heat this season? :eyebrow:

And 2 of them were when the Heat were at full strength

They only play twice

DODGERS&LAKERS
02-22-2011, 08:35 PM
depends how you measure "strength". There is far more depth out west. There are currently two teams under .500 (one of which is 6 game below) in the east that would make the playoffs if the season ended today. The worst team in the west's playoff field would be a #6 seed out east.

The middle of the west is waaaaaaay stronger than the east. The top of the east is better than the west. The bottom of the west is better than the east.

Basically, the east is top heavy, but the west still has more depth, the current champions, and is the deeper, stronger conference.

But you have to wonder if those top teams in the east would have such a great record if they did not get to play so many cupcakes throughout the season as well.

At least you can now say the top teams in the East would give the top teams in the west a run for their money, or might even beat them. That was not the case at all just 3 years ago. The east needs to keep stealing all the talent. That way, the Lakers can finally have a cake walk to the finals :D

BrahCake954
02-22-2011, 08:37 PM
did you not watch the allstar game :P

haha but seriously west is still stronger

whats ur point? east won last yr

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bathroom_man
02-22-2011, 09:57 PM
depends how you measure "strength". There is far more depth out west. There are currently two teams under .500 (one of which is 6 game below) in the east that would make the playoffs if the season ended today. The worst team in the west's playoff field would be a #6 seed out east.

The middle of the west is waaaaaaay stronger than the east. The top of the east is better than the west. The bottom of the west is better than the east.

Basically, the east is top heavy, but the west still has more depth, the current champions, and is the deeper, stronger conference.

why is everyone saying the east is top heavy? the top 3 teams in each division have 45 losses combine coming into todays play. its a break even so say the least...and the thunder are 2 games better than the magic. so the top of the west is better than the east.

and there are 5 terrible teams in the east and another 4 semi-terrible teams.

so i said it again every year the west has own the east by a large margin.

bathroom_man
02-22-2011, 10:05 PM
and after today's game if the lakers the beat the hawks, the west will have a 1 game lead over the east (top 5 teams in each division record wise) so top heavy, yeah whatever

JordansBulls
02-23-2011, 01:23 AM
and after today's game if the lakers the beat the hawks, the west will have a 1 game lead over the east (top 5 teams in each division record wise) so top heavy, yeah whatever

I don't consider Atlanta a contender.

Lakers4ItAll
02-23-2011, 01:34 AM
East is more top heavy. West is better overall. You got two teams over 500 in 9th and 10th place in the west.

Exactly

tredigs
02-23-2011, 01:48 AM
Interesting to call the East more top heavy when the West have the back to back defending champs, their elite hold a much better head to head record versus the Heat (until the Heat get a center, they're going to face trouble against all elite teams), and one of their elite teams didn't blow itself midseason this year in an attempt to stay relevant. Until the Knicks get anything resembling an NBA contender level bench, or an NBA caliber starting center, they are not sniffing the elite. It may very well happen - but they are a ways away.

The West is better than the East: At the top - in the middle - and at the bottom.

kobe24>lebron23
02-23-2011, 02:52 AM
Can't believe the east is leading the poll!
West has better overall teams and they won the all-star game this year!

kobe24>lebron23
02-23-2011, 02:54 AM
whats ur point? east won last yr

******** comment

Kobe was injured lol

ElMarroAfamado
02-23-2011, 03:15 AM
Kobe and Durant > Lebrick and Carmelo

ElMarroAfamado
02-23-2011, 03:15 AM
and the East is leading the poll because people are still excited about Carmelo going to the Knicks

JordansBulls
02-23-2011, 12:42 PM
Can't believe the east is leading the poll!
West has better overall teams and they won the all-star game this year!

West just got weaker today

NYMetros
02-23-2011, 12:46 PM
Can't believe the east is leading the poll!
West has better overall teams and they won the all-star game this year!

Because the all-star game is definitely the end-all be-all of which conference is better. :rolleyes: I agree with you that the west is better, but using the ASG to prove it is ridiculous.

Baller1
02-23-2011, 12:48 PM
Well, it's definitely shifting. Now send Paul to the East... :laugh2:

Madtown22
02-23-2011, 12:50 PM
Yes, For Sure

koreancabbage
02-23-2011, 12:50 PM
if one more major trade favors the east coast, i.e. top player going to the Eastern team, then probably the East has an edge. thought team chemistry is killing everyone 7 and down,

rhino17
02-23-2011, 12:50 PM
the West just took a big hit, I will change my position, 2 top 10 players were just traded to the east, they might be better or at least the same now

NYKalltheway
02-23-2011, 12:54 PM
Can I change my vote? :D

gotoHcarolina52
02-23-2011, 01:00 PM
We need a new poll. This thread is dated. Start over. Actually, there was a Knicks fan that started a new thread but the OP, too proud to see his thread overtaken, closed it. :facepalm: This thread is whack and tainted. Need a new one. Or at least a new poll.

Giantwarrior
02-23-2011, 01:11 PM
East 51% West 49%

Heediot
02-23-2011, 01:51 PM
Untill someone dethrones the Lakers, No!!

Heediot
02-23-2011, 01:53 PM
1-6 East are sronger

7-16 west are stronger


so take your pick . think east having more elite teams make them better

However, one could argue 1-2 west stronger

ne3xchamps
02-23-2011, 02:05 PM
I think so. Most of the big stars are in the east and the teams in the west are getting old.

this. but so are the celtics.:(

_Supreme_
02-23-2011, 02:15 PM
Actually the East already was stronger than the West, and the balance only shifted more since last weekend.

footballer2369
02-23-2011, 02:23 PM
However, one could argue 1-2 west stronger

Disagree with this... The Celtics are either 1 or 2 and the Heat have been better than the Lakers all year.

http://espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/powerrankings

Says the East have 1, 3, 4, 5....

Crackadalic
02-23-2011, 02:27 PM
West is still better overall but damn did the east get crazy strong just now

COOLbeans
02-23-2011, 02:29 PM
we'll see. i'd say the west is still more competitive but the east had gotten better.

spurs4#5
02-23-2011, 08:14 PM
actually the east got weaker...more talent in the east playoffs=more energy spent beating teams=more 6 or 7 game serious=a lot more tired when getting to the finals=spurs or lakers winning the championship!

bathroom_man
02-23-2011, 09:30 PM
I don't consider Atlanta a contender.

thats if you wanna go deeper and compare the top 5 teams in each division. the first 3 teams is each division is break even, but oklahoma got orlando beaten by 2 games... but if you wanna go further, thats why i mention the 5th seed Hawks

even with dwill and melo on the east roster now, the east is still very very bad at the bottom. so west still got the east beaten..

Heediot
02-23-2011, 09:32 PM
Disagree with this... The Celtics are either 1 or 2 and the Heat have been better than the Lakers all year.

http://espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/powerrankings

Says the East have 1, 3, 4, 5....

lets forget about power rankings and the regular season. the lakers and spurs are built to win in the playoffs. the celtics u can argue with, but miami is still an unknown.

those hollinger rankings always kiss lebrons behind. they always had the cavs atop the standings when lebron was there. imo i always thought miami (preseason prediction) would have the best regular season record and then fail in the playoffs (2nd or 3rd round exit).

bathroom_man
02-23-2011, 09:36 PM
Actually the East already was stronger than the West, and the balance only shifted more since last weekend.

because theres 9 bad teams in the east and 5 bad teams in the west? right


phi, ind, mil, tor, cha, was, cle, det, nj = 9

lac, gs, min, sac & hou = 5

Heediot
02-23-2011, 09:38 PM
because theres 9 bad teams in the east and 5 bad teams in the west? right


phi, ind, mil, tor, cha, was, cle, det, nj = 9

lac, gs, min, sac & hou = 5

only sac and min would not contend for a playoff spot in the east.

LA_Raiders
02-23-2011, 09:50 PM
East has loaded teams, West has talent teams...

JordansBulls
02-23-2011, 11:58 PM
thats if you wanna go deeper and compare the top 5 teams in each division. the first 3 teams is each division is break even, but oklahoma got orlando beaten by 2 games... but if you wanna go further, thats why i mention the 5th seed Hawks

even with dwill and melo on the east roster now, the east is still very very bad at the bottom. so west still got the east beaten..

The West is no better at the bottom.

mzgrizz
02-24-2011, 12:27 AM
No because Stern would be moving us to the East to try and **** us over again

bathroom_man
02-24-2011, 01:46 AM
The West is no better at the bottom.

check the standing buddy
teams with less than 20 wins

east at the bottom: nj, tor, was, cle =4
west at bottom: min, sac = 2

not even close

JordansBulls
02-24-2011, 09:30 AM
check the standing buddy
teams with less than 20 wins

east at the bottom: nj, tor, was, cle =4
west at bottom: min, sac = 2

not even close

Why would that matter? Those teams aren't making the playoffs.

Trace
02-24-2011, 09:53 AM
Is the East now stronger than the West with Melo going to Knicks also weakening the Nuggets team?

Nuggets didn't get worse though. I think they actually got better with the trade in regards to depth and trade assets.

bathroom_man
02-24-2011, 10:08 AM
Why would that matter? Those teams aren't making the playoffs.

of course they wont. and they dont matter.

because you state that the west bottom is no better than the east bottom....so i put out the bottom teams for ya

DitchDat
02-24-2011, 12:16 PM
I know some people are calling it a "power shift" to the East, but I wouldn't be that blunt. Realistically, the bottom-feeding teams in the East still outnumber the Western bottom teams, and traditionally the West has more above-.500 teams. However, how do the top-8 teams in both conferences stack up against each other? I'd have to say the East has the edge for the first time in a number of years.

Who are top-8 teams in each Conference?
How do they stack up against each other?
What Conference has a brighter future?

Discuss, and please be respectful.

nickdymez
02-24-2011, 12:18 PM
Two Playoff teams in the west just lost there best players.

IBleedPurple
02-24-2011, 03:17 PM
East is more top heavy. West is better overall. You got two teams over 500 in 9th and 10th place in the west.

This

JordansBulls
02-24-2011, 08:56 PM
Damn now the Thunder and Blazers just got better.

kyubi256
02-24-2011, 09:07 PM
I say East is better if you think of it as in All Star Game type. But in terms of "Finals" and stuff... It's questionable.

I think the Celtics are the best team in basketball right now with the Lakers right there. But that's just me

NBAfan4life
02-25-2011, 12:23 AM
People have been saying the east will become stronger for many years. Until it happens I think the West is stronger. Not to mention who walks away with a title in the last decade? Lakers and spurs multiple times and Boston and Detroit.

JordansBulls
02-26-2011, 09:25 PM
People have been saying the east will become stronger for many years. Until it happens I think the West is stronger. Not to mention who walks away with a title in the last decade? Lakers and spurs multiple times and Boston and Detroit.

The East has gotten stronger.

SANDBURG23
02-26-2011, 09:30 PM
Maybe top to bottom, but it's the top 4 or 5 in each division that really matter right. There they are still pretty even.

DaBear
02-27-2011, 12:14 AM
Can't believe the east is leading the poll!
West has better overall teams and they won the all-star game this year!

And two of the players who helped the West win are now in the East..

cutiepie80
02-27-2011, 12:15 AM
If anyone thinks the west they are nuts.

Dr. A
02-27-2011, 12:24 AM
Ha ha East has improved but overall top to bottom West is tougher..yes the elite teams from East rival the West elite but the West has still better teams up and down

KnicksSUK4EVA
02-27-2011, 12:27 AM
everyone except knicks

PrettyBoyJ
02-27-2011, 12:34 AM
west 1-10 over .500 east 1-6 over .500... the west is clearly better