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Sixers a Contender with Andrew Bynum?

April 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) makes a dunk past Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) in the second half of the game at the Staples Center. Lakers won in double OT 114-106. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

With the acquisition of Andrew Bynum, Sixer fans are feeling an excitement they haven’t felt in a long time. The 7 ft, 285 lb center brings a presence this team has desperately needed.

Obviously the team is better after the trade than before. They essentially gave up first time all star Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless, Nik Vucevic, and draft picks for Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson. Although they will miss Iguodala’s athleticism and superb defense, this trade was a no brainer. With an interior presence combined with shooters such as Jason Richardson, Dorell Wright, and Nick Young  it creates a recipe for winning.

Now the question becomes, how do they compare to the other teams in the Eastern Conference? Although the Sixers are still not better than the Heat, who I expect to be the number one seed, I believe the Sixers can be the third or fourth seed in the east. Chicago should do well even with Rose injured, or not at 100 percent, and although Brooklyn is not as good as they seem on paper, they will be a strong team as well. I think Boston takes a step back with the loss of Allen, an aging,core and although they have added Jason Terry, he isn’t exactly young either.  If the Knicks can ever figure out how to put it together, they would be a strong contender as well, but right now I see the Sixers winning the division and being at the worst, the number four seed in the Eastern Conference.

Topics: Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia 76ers

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