NBA Analysis: Comparing the Philadelphia 76ers to the East's Top Contenders

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NBA Analysis: Comparing the Philadelphia 76ers to the East's Top Contenders
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With the heart of the 2012 NBA offseason mostly finished and the veteran roster set for the Philadelphia 76ers, I feel it's prudent to start looking ahead instead of dwelling on what was a poor, frustrating offseason from a personnel standpoint.

Doug Collins may be a substandard general manager, but he's still a good coach with a team looking to build off of last year's second-round postseason exit. While the Sixers seemed content to use mid-level free agents and the draft to improve their roster, the rest of the Eastern Conference wasn't necessarily standing still; "Blockbuster" can be used to describe many of the moves made by Philadelphia's biggest conference rivals.

From Brooklyn revamping their starting five to the Celtics replacing Allen with Jason Terry, no one is willing to stand still and let Miami cruise to conference title after conference title.

Can Collins lead his team to stardom, or should the team look to 2012-2013 as a development year? Is Andre Iguodala a pivotal piece, or should he be gone by the trade deadline?

Those are all questions that depend on how the team compares to the East's top contenders, which I'll answer by analyzing the matchups team-by-team to see where the 76ers are headed this season.

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