With the way the NBA is going the Eastern Conference is going to end up with only 4 teams that are competitive and only a handful of stars which will make the All Star game uninteresting. With the likes of Jimmy Butler and Paul George now with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively, the Eastern Conference has lost two top 10 players and has taken a main piece from two teams in the East that were on the fringe of being competitive and also has effectively taken both the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers out of the picture for playoff contention. Sure, neither the Bulls or Pacers have made any serious noise even when they have made the playoffs, but at least the Bulls pushed the Celtics, until Rondo's injury. The Pacers were looked at maybe a team that could compete if only they had another piece or two or three.
Now it's looking like it's LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and that's pretty much it for the East. The Wizards have John Wall, but Wall hasn't exactly been a top 5 star. The Celtics have Isaiah Thomas and he has star potential, but his defensive inefficiencies will be the biggest knock against him even though he has twice the heart of most players in the association. Wall and Thomas are good players on contenders (even though any team in the East can be considered a contender) but there is a real lack of star power in the East and the commissioner should be concerned, but there is little he can do to adjust where free agents sign. Even though Gordon Hayward is now going from Utah to Boston the power scale will still be severely tilted in favor of the West. If you thought last season was boring brace yourself for an even more boring regular season and playoffs for that matter.