The 2013 NBA standings shed light on the Eastern Conference Playoffs already, possibly even setting the stage for which eight teams are going to make the postseason. Even at this early point of season, the top eight teams in the East are pulling away from the pack.
The eighth seed in the East is the Boston Celtics, a team struggling to stay around .500, but their 16-17 record is still much better than the teams behind them. The ninth place team is currently Philadelphia 76ers with a 15-20 record, but it's certainly possible they could turn things around if Andrew Bynum ever suits up for them.
If Bynum doesn't ever take the court for 76ers, it's hard to envision that team turning it around. Behind them in tenth place in the East are the Detroit Pistons with a horrid 13-22 record. This sets the stage for a very ugly finish to the season out East, with almost no drama about which teams will make it into the top eight seeds and qualify for the playoffs.
The 2013 NBA standings are even uglier when glancing at the teams residing at the bottom, including the 4-27 Washington Wizards, the 8-27 Cleveland Cavaliers, and the 8-24 Charlotte Bobcats. This could quickly start taking away from the entertainment value that many teams are providing their cities.
Do you agree that the separation in the Eastern Conference has reached obscene levels? Any ideas on how the league can fix what has become stagnant basketball in many cities?