While many will predict the Cleveland Cavaliers to dominate the Eastern Conference yet again in the NBA next season, there may well be another contender.
The Cavaliers brushed past the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Finals this past season on their way to glory, but will potentially have a new foe in the East.
This is according to Jae Crowder of the Boston Celtics, who is claiming his team have absolutely no worries about the Raptors and are only focused on LeBron James and co.
Speaking in an interview with Tom Hestermann of MassLive.com, Crowder claimed that the Celtics have their eyes firmly on the Eastern Conference Finals heading into the 2016/17 NBA season.
"I think our ceiling is the Eastern Conference finals," he said.
"Toronto is not a team we're worried about. I think Cleveland is the top team. That's what it comes down to."
After capturing Al Horford from the Atlanta Hawks in free agency, big things are predicted for the Celtics in the near future. While it will probably take a while for them to get there, that doesn't mean the hype train hasn't already started.
"My guys were telling me that Bleacher Report says we'll win 59 games," Crowder added.
"That's a lot of wins, but I want to get past the first round of the playoffs. That's my goal to be honest with you."
"I know we can win games. I'm just trying to advance, advance, advance. Looking at how the playoffs played out the last two years, I feel like we have a good chance."