Marty Burns of Sports Illustrated thinks it's time that pundits put aside their conventional wisdom and start looking anew at who could win it all. Beyond the Miami's, Detroit's, San Antonio's, Dallas's, etc., says Burns there are five "second tier favorites" who are just as likely to win it all. At the top of the list: the Nets. What are the chances of the team with the best starting lineup in the East winning it all: "Better than a lot of people think."
- These second-tier favorites have Finals aspirations - Marty Burns - Sports Illustrated