Biggest winners and losers in free agency: 76ers now surging as rivals fall off

Here are the biggest winners and losers from free agency, headlined by the Philadelphia 76ers and their fast rise in the East as their rivals fall off.
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Loser: NBA crystal ball enthusiasts

Talent in the NBA is overflowing, and one might argue that the 12-man lineup on the All-Star teams should be increased by 50 percent to cater to that. Overall, the league has just become so unpredictable, even independent of uncontrollable factors like injuries. As a result, the crystal ball enthusiasts are probably operating with more imagination than ever before.

Take the West, for example. It’s difficult to envision how a healthy Grizzlies team fails to crack the top-six, but it’s equally tedious to plot the points for another playoff team’s decline. Heck, the Spurs could either make the playoffs outright or be the third-worst team in the West, and the Rockets could become a top-six team or just implode under the same premise of their talented roster.

In the East, are the Pacers a fluke or a rising East powerhouse? Will the Heat finally thread a healthy season and make a stark run to the No. 1 seed like they did not too long ago? Predicting all these things have become nearly impossible, and playing with the popular ranking talks seems like a fruitless venture at this juncture.

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