NBA Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?  

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List Rules Vote up the Eastern Conference NBA teams that are performing the most consistently this season.

Halfway through the 2016-2017 NBA season, the competition in the Eastern Conference continues to heat up. As the Cleveland Cavaliers hope to defend their championship, the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics are only a few games away from becoming the best NBA team in the Eastern Conference this season. 

Led by the young bloods Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, the Milwaukee Bucks have been performing better than expected. Adding Dwight Howard to the roster turned out great for the Atlanta Hawks who are currently first in the Southeast Division. However, the Eastern Conference is still dominated by LeBron James and his Cavs. 

For the Miami Heat, losing Dwyane Wade to the Chicago Bulls made their 2016-2017 seasons extremely difficult. Sitting near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the once-unstoppable team is now a non-contender. The New York Knicks are also having another unfortunate season, even with the additions of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Brandon Jennings. 

Vote up the best NBA teams in the Eastern Conference in the 2016-2017 season. Current standings, winning streaks, and even individual performances all affect the team's record. Then visit the other coast and vote for the best NBA Western Conference team in 2016-2017

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299 156
Boston Celtics is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
1968 NBA Finals, 1962 NBA Finals, 1974 NBA Finals

2
216 131
Toronto Raptors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?

3
273 217
Cleveland Cavaliers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?

4
136 110
Philadelphia 76ers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
1967 NBA Finals, 1983 NBA Finals

5
144 131
Milwaukee Bucks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
1971 NBA Finals

6
119 136
Indiana Pacers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
1970 ABA Playoffs, 1973 ABA Playoffs, 1971 ABA Playoffs

7
115 142
Washington Wizards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
1978 NBA Finals

8
97 141
Miami Heat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
2006 NBA Finals, 2012 NBA Finals

9
72 114
Charlotte Hornets is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?

10
69 113
Detroit Pistons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
2004 NBA Finals, 1990 NBA Finals, 1989 NBA Finals

11
77 143
Chicago Bulls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
1998 NBA Finals, 1993 NBA Finals, 1996 NBA Finals

12
57 132
New York Knicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
1970 NBA Finals, 1973 NBA Finals

13
50 149
Atlanta Hawks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?
1958 NBA Finals

14
39 124
Orlando Magic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?

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37 129
Brooklyn Nets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Best Team In The Eastern Conference Right Now?