SIXERS PROJECT TO TOP OF THE EAST AS SEASON STARTS WEDNESDAY

Says the New York Times:

Key additions: Al Horford, Josh Richardson

Key subtractions: Jimmy Butler, J.J. Redick

Draft: Matisse Thybulle (No. 20), Marial Shayok (No. 54)

Ben Simmons’s hitting a 3-pointer in the preseason set off waves of jubilation in Philly.

With Kawhi Leonard out of the East, the Sixers have reason to be optimistic, given how close they came last season to knocking off the eventual champions.

But … Horford showed signs of slowing down last season. And the Sixers are very tall. Is the spacing going to be an issue on the offensive end?

And let’s not forget that Philly will be without Butler, although Josh Richardson is a solid replacement.

If Simmons starts hitting jumpers, the Sixers will instantly have two top-10 players and will be finals favorites.

If Simmons is essentially the same player as last year, they won’t advance.

www.nytimes.com/2019/10/20/sports/basketball/nba-eastern-conference-preview.html

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