Few could have predicted how the Philadelphia 76ers' offseason would take such a dramatically positive turn. Now that Andrew Bynum is aboard, are they a real threat in the Eastern Conference?
In this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA Lead Writer Josh Martin joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes as they break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Sixers.
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Philly had plenty of positivity to build off of after its first-round upset of the top-ranked Chicago Bulls. However, adding Bynum to this young core really does take the Sixers to the East's next level.
Yet, how will Doug Collins mesh a true big man like Bynum with the rest of this fleet-footed roster? Can they play at such a fast pace like they did last season? Will the starting lineup have to be more traditionally constructed with the second unit switching to a track-meet tempo?
Will Jrue Holiday take a big step forward, backing up his boasts about being a max contract player? How will other newcomers like Jason Richardson, Nick Young, Dorell Wright and Kwame Brown be utilized?
There's no denying the Sixers got better, but where do they stack up amongst the strongest Atlantic Division competition in years?
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