Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks: Stacking Them Up Piece by Piece

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks: Stacking Them Up Piece by Piece
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The Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks have brought forth surprising starts to their campaigns thus far.

The much-talked about Knickerbockers have fallen well short of their "new beasts of the east" expectations. While on the other side of the spectrum, the not-so-talked about Sixers have ultimately risen from the ashes of mediocrity, to a team alive with competitive aspirations.

But with an easy schedule slowly getting harder, the Sixers' winning ways are in danger of becoming as big of a fluke as Tim Tebow's first NFL playoff victory.

Either way, coach Collins has done a great job in unifying his young roster.

Philadelphia has legitimate talent—a team full of budding stars. 

Yet we must not forget to look at the unconditionally loved Knicks either—who seem to attract a steady stream of fanatic supporters to their home games no matter how bad they are—as they too possess a solid group of gifted athletes.

The question is, then why do they currently sit with a losing record?

Why isn't the rest of the world (outside of Madison Square Garden) ready to jump on the Big Apple bandwagon just yet? 

Perhaps the explanation lies in the fact that Mike D'Antoni's "offensive experiment" has failed to create the cohesion among his players that sent the Sixers flying right out of the gate.

The Knicks are simply confused as to how they can fully utilize their roster in a successful fashion.

But in all fairness to the Knicks, the following slideshow is not going to identify who has the advantage in terms of chemistry or dynamics—as the Sixers would clearly be the winners—but will be based on pure skill level.

Nonetheless, here's an in-depth look into how the two teams stack up talent-wise, position-by-position.

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