The NBA season is a few months away, but that hasn't stopped an eventful offseason from grabbing headlines. The free-agency period saw several of the league's biggest names find new homes, which helped shift the landscape of next season.
But why wait for October? Here's a look at the way too early predictions for the Eastern Conference in 2016-'17.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers (1st in 2015-'16)
Key Additions: Mike Dunleavy, Chris Anderson
Key Losses: Matthew Dellavedova, Timofey Mozgov
Were you expecting someone else? The Cavaliers dominated the Eastern Conference during the regular season and postseason before defeating the Golden State Warriors in seven games during the NBA Finals. Cleveland went 12-2 against the East during its first three rounds and had a 10-game winning streak to start the playoffs.
2. Toronto Raptors (2nd)
Key Additions: Jared Sullinger, Jakob Poeltl (draft), Pascal Siakam (draft)
Key Losses: Bismack Biyombo, James Johnson, Luis Scola
Toronto handed Cleveland its only two Eastern Conference playoff losses. The Raptors' biggest task of the offseason was keeping their young nucleus in tact. The franchise re-signed DeMar DeRozan, while also adding Jared Sullinger to replace center Bismack Biyombo, who signed with Orlando in July.
Toronto didn't need to make many changes to its second-place team. The Raptors focused on stability and should return to the No. 2 spot in the conference standings.
3. Boston Celtics (5th)
Key Additions: Al Horford, Jaylen Brown (draft)
Key Losses: Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger
Boston's biggest offseason acquisition was center Al Horford, who signed a max deal. The Celtics also drafted a promising guard in Jaylen Brown at No. 3 overall.
That alone should help Boston improve in 2016-'17, but many expect GM Danny Ainge to make a few more moves this season, using their plethora of disposable draft picks to attempt to challenge the top of the conference.
4. New York Knicks (N/A)
Key Additions: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings, Justin Holiday
Key Losses: Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant
The New York Knicks were the NBA's busiest team this summer, trading for Derrick Rose and Justin Holiday just before free agency, then signed Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings.
If this were 2010-'11, the Knicks would have the best lineup in basketball. But in 2016, there are concerns whether Noah and Rose can stay healthy through a full season.
Still, New York should have enough talent to make the playoffs. If the entire starting five can stay healthy the Knicks could be a contender with former MVP Rose and Defensive Player of the Year Noah playing alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
5. Indiana Pacers (7th)
Key Additions: Al Jefferson, Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young, Jeremy Evans
Key Losses: George Hill, Solomon Hill, Ian Mahinmi
Indiana made some solid moves this offseason, picking up Jeff Teague, Al Jefferson and Thaddeus Young to provide veteran support for star Paul George. The Pacers should be a solid team in their first season under head coach Nate McMillan.
6. Detroit Pistons (8th)
Key Additions: Henry Ellenson (draft), Jon Leuer, Ish Smith, Boban Marjanovic
Key Losses: Anthony Tolliver, Jodie Meeks
The Pistons were young but solid last season and re-signed both Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond, one of the best rebounding duos in the NBA. Adding Tobias Harris at at the trade deadline helped Detroit secure the No. 8 seed and make its first postseason appearance since 2009.
The Pistons remain young with room for improvement. Second-year guard Stanley Johnson and 19-year-old forward Henry Ellison provide developmental opportunities for the Pistons.
7. Atlanta Hawks (4th)
Key Additions: Dwight Howard, Jarrett Jack, Taurean Prince (draft), DeAndre Bembry (draft)
Key Losses: Al Horford, Jeff Teague
Few would consider replacing Al Horford with Dwight Hoard a fair trade-off in 2016. It may have been the best possible move for Atlanta, however, after losing Horford via free agency.
Perhaps the Atlanta native returns to being the league's best big man, but the Hawks have lost several of their key players each offseason during the past few years and may continue to fall in the standings as a result.
8. Chicago Bulls (N/A)
Key Additions: Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant, Denzel Valentine (draft)
Key Losses: Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, E'Twaun Moore, Mike Dunleavy, Justin Holiday
The Chicago Bulls are in a similar scenario as the Knicks in terms of risk and reward. At best, Chicago has a talented lineup including Dwayne Wade, Rajon Rondo, Robin Lopez and Jimmy Bulter, who many expect to be a potential superstar.