August in the NBA is anything but interesting. Everyone knows it, too. Do you really want to ponder the implications of back-of-the-roster signing around the league? Joel Przybilla rumors and Mickael Pietrus rumblings can't sustain Milwaukee Bucks fans forever, so why not go in a different direction and assess the current landscape of the NBA's Eastern Conference. Regardless of how well the Bucks' youngsters played in summer league, success in 2012-13 will be largely determined by the quality of the best eight players Milwaukee can put on the court. That's the reality of NBA basketball.
With that thought in mind, I have complied a list with the projected 2012-13 starting lineups and my best guess at the top trio of backups for every team in the East. Now it's up to you to rank each team in the East in the comments. The responses will eventually be pooled into some sort of Brew Hoop reader projection post, so honest and realistic answers would be helpful.
Here is a look at the projected lineup for every team in the Eastern Conference for 2012-13. This is what the Bucks will be up against in 2012-13, so take an educated guess at how well they theoretically stack up against a healthy set of competition -- yes, I am perfectly aware that Derrick Rose is still recovering from surgery to repair his torn ACL.
Let us know what you come up with in the comments section (rankings in list form are preferred, and please feel free to explain your decisions).
|Team||Starters||Top 3 Bench|
|Atlanta Hawks||Devin Harris||Anthony Morrow||Kyle Korver||Josh Smith||Al Horford||Jeff Teague||Louis Williams||DeShawn Stevenson|
|Boston Celtics||Rajon Rondo||Courtney Lee||Paul Pierce||Brandon Bass||Kevin Garnett||Avery Bradley||Jason Terry||Jared Sullinger|
|Brooklyn Nets||Deron Williams||Joe Johnson||Gerald Wallace||Kris Humphries||Brook Lopez||C.J. Watson||MarShon Brooks||Reggie Evans|
|Charlotte Bobcats||Ramon Sessions||Ben Gordon||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Bismack Biyombo||Brendan Haywood||Kemba Walker||Gerald Henderson||Reggie Williams|
|Chicago Bulls||Derrick Rose||Richard Hamilton||Luol Deng||Carlos Boozer||Joakim Noah||Kirk Hinrich||Marco Belinelli||Taj Gibson|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Kyrie Irving||Daniel Gibson||Omri Casspi||Tristan Thompson||Anderson Varejao||Dion Waiters||Samardo Samuels||Tyler Zeller|
|Detroit Pistons||Brandon Knight||Rodney Stuckey||Tayshaun Prince||Jonas Jerebko||Greg Monroe||Corey Maggette||Charlie Villanueva||Andre Drummond|
|Indiana Pacers||George Hill||Paul George||Danny Granger||David West||Roy Hibbert||D.J. Augustin||Gerald Green||Tyler Hansbrough|
|Miami Heat||Mario Chalmers||Dwyane Wade||LeBron James||Shane Battier||Chris Bosh||Ray Allen||Rashard Lewis||Udonis Haslem|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Brandon Jennings||Monta Ellis||Mike Dunleavy||Ersan Ilyasova||Samuel Dalembert||Beno Udrih||
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|New York Knicks||Raymond Felton||J.R. Smith||Carmelo Anthony||Amar'e Stoudemire||Tyson Chandler||Jason Kidd||Steve Novak||Marcus Camby|
|Orlando Magic||Jameer Nelson||Jason Richardson||Hedo Turkoglu||Glen Davis||Dwight Howard||J.J. Redick||Quentin Richardson||Gustavo Ayon|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Jrue Holiday||Evan Turner||Andre Iguodala||Spencer Hawes||Kwame Brown||Nick Young||Thaddeus Young||Dorell Wright|
|Toronto Raptors||Kyle Lowry||Terrence Ross||DeMar DeRozan||Andrea Bargnani||Jonas Valanciunas||Jose Calderon||Landry Fields||Amir Johnson|
|Washington Wizards||John Wall||Bradley Beal||Trevor Ariza||Nene Hilario||Emeka Okafor||Jordan Crawford||Jan Vesely||Kevin Seraphin|