Feb 06, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers Andrew Bynum (17) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers center Nikola Vucevic (8) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Lakers 95-90. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Andrew Bynum Trade Breakdown Part Two: How the 76ers Stack Up In East

Well I said in part one that the Sixers would probably end up in the top 4. The Atlantic Division race is going to be interesting. Celtics still got game, Nets made some moves and are looking good, Knicks should be decent and then the Sixers have their new roster with a top 2 Center in the league (seriously, who’s as good as Bynum and Howard?). But yeah it’s going to be fun seeing who gets that top spot. Last season I said they would win their division and of course we saw how things went way down south.

Who are the top teams in the East? Heat, Pacers, and Celtics. Nets and Sixers are right there. So 3 of the best 5 teams in the east are from the same division? Yikes. The Bulls will be hanging around too as Kirk Hinrich was a good pickup to sub for Rose. Going on a limb, here’s a slight seeding prediction of the top 6 teams in the east:

  1. Heat
  2. Pacers
  3. Celtics
  4. Sixers
  5. Bulls
  6. Nets

One thing for sure, the Heat are pretty much all alone. The next 5 spots are up for grabs. Sixers could be two, they could be 6. But I do expect these teams to be the top 6. Potential spoilers are the Knicks, Hawks, and maybe Bucks. The basement looks like (in no particular order) the Bobcats, Wizards, Raptors, Cavaliers, and Magic, and Pistons. Bobcats, Magic, and Raptors seem to have no shot. Knicks, Hawks, Cavs, Bucks, even Wizards could compete for the last two spots in the east. If I had to predict who wins the Atlantic Division, I’d go with the Celtics. But it’s won’t be easy.

No matter what, the Sixers are definitely in the contender talks. In part 3, I’ll talk about what needs to happen to be a contender as I don’t think they are there yet.

But boy are they close!

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