The Eastern Conference is very top heavy with multiple power house teams at the top including Boston, Miami and Orlando. Once you pass the top five, you start to see the records start to go well below .500.
One team that looks to crack that top four this year are the 76ers.
The Sixers are closing in fast and rapidly moving up the Eastern standings. They currently sit in the seventh seed, only one and a half games back of New York. The way they are playing, they could easily finish the year as high as the fifth seed, after going 27-55 last season.
After a 3-13 start, the Sixers have gone 23-15.
The Sixers have risen up the standings thanks to many factors. Here are some reasons why the Sixers can, and will, continue to rise up the Eastern Conference, and potentially turn heads come playoff time.