The 2021 field is set with the new "play-in round" to include ten teams from each conference. The winner of the 7 vs 8 game becomes the 7th seed, and the winner of the 9-10 game plays the 7-8 loser to acquire the 8th seed. Here's a shell overview of the each team. I hope I didn't miss anybody! Western Conference 1. Utah Jazz Starters: Joe Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovich Rotation: Reserves: Ersan Ilyasova The Jazz are a well-rounded team and both white starters are key contributors if not superstars. Bogdanovich is having his best year yet, and Ingles has aged like fine wine. 2. Phoenix Suns Starters: Rotation: Frank Kaminsky, Dario Saric Reserves: Two white bigs might earn some rotation minutes based on matchups. 3. Denver Nuggets Starters: Nikola Jokic, Facundo Campazzo Rotation: Reserves: Vlatko Cancar The Nuggets should be a CF favorite simply because of Jokic. The whole team rides on him, so any playoff success will be attributed to him. Campazzo, a 29 yr old rookie from Argentina, is now the starting point guard after Jamal Murray's season-ending injury. 4. Los Angeles Clippers Starters: Rotation: Ivica Zubac, Luke Kennard Reserves: Kennard has flashed starter-level talent throughout his career but belongs to a franchise that will never give him that endorsement. 5. Dallas Mavericks Starters: Luca Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis Rotation: Maxi Kleber Reserves: JJ Redick, Boban Marjanovic, Nicolo Melli Doncic is an All-NBA prodigy, Porzingis is an all-star when healthy, and both Redick and Marjanovic are very competent if called on for spot minutes. Obvious CF favorite. 6. Portland Trail Blazers Starters: Jusuf Nurkic Rotation: Enes Kanter (Turkish) Reserves: TJ Leaf, Zach Collins Nurkic has been coming on strong of late after the string of injuries that have marred his last two seasons. Collins has spent the entire year rehabbing. Kanter is one of the league's best rebounders. 7. Los Angeles Lakers Starters: Rotation: Alex Caruso, Marc Gasol Reserves: Caruso is a fun-to-watch glue player, but realistically, every red-blooded American wants LeBron to lose early. 8. Golden State Warriors Starters: Rotation: Reserves: Nico Mannion, Alen Smailogic The Woke Warriors are one of the most white-unfriendly teams in the NBA. 9. Memphis Grizzlies Starters: Jonas Valanciunas Rotation: Grayson Allen Reserves: Jonh Konchar, Sean McDermott Valanciunas is an elite rebounder and solid second-tier center in the league. Grayson Allen has been sitting with an injury but will hopefully be available to push for a couple of wins and snag the 8th seed. 10. San Antonio Spurs Starters: Jakob Poeltl Rotation: Reserves: Luka Samanic Poeltl is a top shot-blocker and has developed into a quality starter this year after an extensive racial apprenticeship. Eastern Conference 1. Philadelphia 76ers Starters: Rotation: Reserves: Furkan Korkmaz (Turk) The Sixers have nothing to cheer for. 2. Brooklyn Nets Starters: Joe Harris Rotation: Reserves: Joe Harris has carved out a comfy role for himself as a spot-up shooter. He gets open looks playing off of "the big three" and has produced by far the top 3-point percentage in the league. Despite the points and minutes, he will never be a star on this team. 3. Milwaukee Bucks Starters: Donte DiVincenzo, Brook Lopez (white hispanic) Rotation: Pat Connaughton Reserves: Sam Merrill DiVincenzo was promoted to the starting lineup this season. Hopefully, his production makes a jump in the coming year or two. Connaughton is still one of the premier athletes in the entire league. I'm a bit disappointed that his physical tools never translated into much of an offensive game. 4. New York Knicks Starters: Rotation: Reserves: Luca Vildoza The Knicks almost achieved the diversity singularity, but they signed the Argentinian Vildoza away from his Spanish club at the beginning of the month, probably to meet the secret quota. It's not impossible that he becomes their point guard next year, but I doubt they'll thrust him into the lineup at this stage. 5. Atlanta Hawks Starters: Kevin Huerter, Bogdan Bogdanovic Rotation: Danilo Gallinari Reserves: Credit to Atlanta for developing Huerter into a well-rounded starter and getting the other Bogdanovic his shots. 6. Miami Heat Starters: Duncan Robinson Rotation: Tyler Herro, Goran Dragic Reserves: Nemanja Bjelica The Heat have thinned their roster a bit (Kelly Olynyk, Meyers Leonard) but still have three solid white contributors. Herro still shows all-star potential in his second season and can score in bunches. Dragic is a prolific veteran, and Robinson is one of the best deep threats in the league. Whereas Joe Harris cleans up open threes for the Nets, Robinson does more of the opposite and spaces the floor for his teammates, as he's now part of the opposing team's defensive gameplan. 7. Boston Celtics Starters: Rotation: Payton Pritchard Reserves: Luke Kornet No need to root for a Boston upset. 8. Washington Wizards Starters: Rotation: Davis Bertans, Raul Neto, Robin Lopez (white hispanic) Reserves: Deni Avdija (Jewish) Bertans is a premier 3-point shooter. Avdija didn't get much traction after being the top "white" player drafted in 2020 and is on the shelf with an injury. Neto may also miss the play-in games with an injury of his own. 9. Indiana Pacers Starters: Domantas Sabonis Rotation: TJ McConnell, Doug McDermott Reserves: Goga Bitadze The Pacers are the top rooting interest for these play-in games Tuesday and Wednesday. Sabonis is a top star and always a triple-double threat. McConnell ranks second in the league in steals, is a potential 6th man of the year, and plays starters minutes. McDermott is a reliable veteran contributor. All three are leaned on every game. 10. Charlotte Hornets Starters: Rotation: Cody Zeller Reserves: Gordon Hayward Hayward has been ruled out for the play-in games - he's been out injured since the beginning of April.