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Philadelphia 76ers: 5 Reasons Sixers Are Contenders in East
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If you began watching NBA basketball this year—with no context or memory to your aide—you would no doubt conclude that the Philadelphia 76ers are one of the Eastern Conference's best teams.

What else to surmise from their 12-5 start, a run that has them in first place by 4.5 games and atop the NBA in scoring differential?

Of course the above scenario is utter nonsense, and we do have ample context telling us the Philadelphia 76ers were an average basketball team just a year ago.

So have they made the jump from middling to elite in six-months time?

They have, for the reasons detailed in the following slides.

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