2012 NBA Offseason: Moves That Will Make Philadelphia 76ers Contenders

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2012 NBA Offseason: Moves That Will Make Philadelphia 76ers Contenders
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Sixers Coach Doug Collins has his team going in the right direction. This summer's moves can help to accelerate that progress.

The Sixers' surprising run in this year's playoffs can certainly be attributed to a significantly improved, well-coached team that played stifling defense and unselfish basketball. However, it can also be attributed to a fortunate set of circumstances, including timely injuries to key opposing players (Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah) and a favorable matchup against an inconsistent, aging Boston Celtics team.

Regardless, you play the cards you are dealt and, by Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, most observers and fans alike would agree that Philly was playing with house money.

With that said, expecting further progress by sitting on the current makeup of this roster would be more than a little foolish.

Although surrounded by a solid, young nucleus of still-improving players such as Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Lavoy Allen, Thaddeus Young and perhaps even Nikola Vucevic, there are still several key components the Sixers lack which make a contender, most glaring of which a go-to scorer and a dominant post presence.

With the opportunity to possess an astounding amount of cap space this summer and only six players remaining on the books for next season, it is safe to say that this is the most important offseason Philadelphia has had in many years, and can go a long way in determining if this season was the beginning of a new era or just the beginning of the end.

The following moves can, in this writer's opinion, ensure the former and prevent the latter. Let's take a look...

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