10. Heat: Jimmy Bulter and Bam Adebayo
Before getting into things about the Heat and their duo, let’s make one thing clear, if Joel Embiid and James Harden were healthy, the Sixers would have beaten the Heat in the playoffs this past postseason.
That being written, the Heat should still be one of the better teams in the East despite losing P.J. Tucker to the Sixers is a blow they haven’t remedied. Although it should be noted that they’re in the running for both Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell’s trade sweepstakes. The Heat would be favorites if either player joins their core of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
With Towns becoming a power forward for Minnesota, it can be argued that Adebayo is unquestionable a top-5 center. He’s an elite defender and playmaker at the five spots. He needs to grow as an offensive more if he wants to be a top-3 center moving forward.
It’s a shame the Sixers couldn’t convince Butler to stay with the franchise, but he’s found success with the Heat as their lone superstar. He’s led them to the Finals and Eastern Conference finals during his tenure with them. He’s one of the most unstoppable forces in the playoffs.