6 Reasons the Philadelphia 76ers Must Be Feared as Legitimate Contenders

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6 Reasons the Philadelphia 76ers Must Be Feared as Legitimate Contenders
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With a strong belief in themselves and lineup versatility, the Sixers are striking fear throughout the NBA.

Please believe it. The Sixers believe in themselves, and that confidence breeds fearlessness. A team without fear almost necessarily strikes fear in the opposition.

Skeptics who oppose my line of thinking could point out the fact that Philly has only beaten two teams with winning records this season. Whose fault it that? NBA schedule makers, maybe. But the 76ers are beating those losing teams by healthy margins.

The winning Heat caught the Sixers on a back-to-back night while Miami was well rested. They didn't have Dwyane Wade, but the 76ers didn't have Spencer Hawes, who is playing the best ball of his career.

Hawes' teammates share the ball and care less about who the leading scorer is on any given night. They have most of the pieces to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Plus, they know that the Atlantic Division is weak this year. Philadelphia holds a sizable lead over New York and Boston for now, and I expect them to win the Atlantic.

They haven't done that since the Allen Iverson days. Join me now to find out the answers to the question: Why does Lake believe other NBA teams should fear Philly?

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