The Philadelphia 76ers dramatically remade their roster this summer, which is somewhat of a surprise after coming within one game of making the Eastern Conference Finals this past spring.
After falling to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the ECF, the Sixers decided to blow things up and threw their hat into the Dwight Howard trade bonanza. They emerged from the mayhem with Andrew Bynum on their roster, a legitimate big man and now the best center in the conference.
All it cost was longtime team leader, Andre Iguodala—who is now with the Denver Nuggets—and a first-round pick.
This cunning maneuver by team president Rod Thorn now has Philly positioned to make another run to the postseason and puts his team in a better situation to advance through it without needing as much luck (i.e. the season-ending injury to Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose in Game 1 of the opening round).
Will the Sixers be able to repeat their regular-season success and earn a top seed in the playoffs? Will Bynum play with an edge that makes him the undoubtedly premiere big man in the East? Does this team have what it takes to challenge the Miami Heat for the right to go to the Finals?
Read on to find some answers to those questions and more in the 2012-13 Philadelphia 76ers season preview.