Re: East is powering up....
East is certainly getting more competitive and less... trash. I think they have more and more teams that can finish with a winning record and get in the playoffs. And can make the conference look more respectable. However, the West still has more legit title contenders and arguable 6 teams better than the East's best atleast as the Heat and Pistons currently look. Definately 3 teams better than the East's best.
And the only teams that have really gotten better are bottom tier teams, none of the ones at the brink of contention or already there. Teams like Washington need to make moves, NJ could use a more proven post player (though people think Krstic has improved in the post and can provide that), Cleveland, Miami.