NBA Standings: The East is still the least

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

At 8-6 the Atlanta Hawks are currently in third place in what has been a lackluster start for the Eastern Conference.

There is some good news for teams like the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets who are struggling to start the season. The East as a whole has been lackluster at best and those teams that are struggling right now aren't digging themselves too big of a hole just yet.

Indiana is by far the cream of the crop in the East winning 12 of their first 13 games. The Heat are rolling along at 10-3 and the Hawks currently lead the next group with an 8-6 record. Chicago has slipped to 6-5 on the season and are going to be without Derrick Rose for some time due to another knee injury. Toronto currently sits in fourth place thanks to the abomination that is the Atlantic Division. There is no better time than this to plug Zach Lowe's recent article on why divisions should be eliminated in the NBA.

To put the struggles of the East in proper context you need only look at the Milwaukee Bucks. Larry Drew and company have lost eight straight and are 2-10 overall. Yet they reside just 2.5 games behind the Washington Wizards who are in eighth place in the conference.

Here is a look at the up to the minute Eastern Conference Standings:

Eastern Standings

Indiana Pacers 13 12-1 .923
Miami Heat 13 10-3 .769
Atlanta Hawks 14 8-6 .571
Toronto Raptors 13 6-7 .462
Chicago Bulls 11 6-5 .545
Charlotte Bobcats 14 7-7 .500
Philadelphia 76ers 15 6-9 .400
Washington Wizards 13 5-8 .385
Detroit Pistons 12 4-8 .333
Boston Celtics 15 5-10 .333
Orlando Magic 12 4-8 .333
Cleveland Cavaliers 14 4-10 .286
New York Knicks 12 3-9 .250
Brooklyn Nets 12 3-9 .250
Milwaukee Bucks 12 2-10 .167

Here is how the Western Conference looks currently:

Western Standings

San Antonio Spurs 13 12-1 .923
Portland Trail Blazers 14 12-2 .857
Oklahoma City Thunder 11 8-3 .727
Los Angeles Clippers 14 9-5 .643
Dallas Mavericks 14 9-5 .643
Houston Rockets 14 9-5 .643
Golden State Warriors 14 8-6 .571
Memphis Grizzlies 13 7-6 .538
Minnesota Timberwolves 15 8-7 .533
Phoenix Suns 12 6-6 .500
New Orleans Pelicans 12 6-6 .500
Denver Nuggets 12 6-6 .500
Los Angeles Lakers 13 6-7 .462
Sacramento Kings 12 4-8 .333
Utah Jazz 14 1-13 .071

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