It's always a dumb idea to annoint teams prematurely.
You can make a case for Philly being up there - after all they did win 40 games last year without Brand. But then again, they were like the Raptors
a season before - completely under the wire and off teams' radar screens. While they gain a low post threat in Brand (and make no mistake, he will be huge), they will have to cut the minutes of Reggie Evans, and his absurd rebounding rate (7.5 boards in 22 minutes!) will be missed.
They have a solid team though and a good mix - solid starting PG in Dre Miller, great stud in recently overpaid Iguodala, solid defensive centre in Sammy D and now low post threat in Brand, great young bench players in Thad Young and Louis Williams.
But for F's sakes, have we not learned anything yet about the Wizards? They play no D! (Caron Butler aside) They lost their spark plug! (Roger Mason) They have one of the worst front courts in the NBA!
Also, last I checked, the Pistons still have Chauncey, Rip, Rasheed, Tay Prince, McDyess, Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiel!!!!! Plus they even have solid bench warmers with Kwame (overpaid at $4M a season), Hermann, Amir Johnson, and Cheick Samb.