It's a question we've alluded to a number of times since the 2011-12 season ended in a blaze of Kevin Garnett open jumpers, Brandon Bass dunks, and Rajon Rondo "wait, seriously?" threes. The Sixers almost missed the playoffs in last year's lockout-shortened season, and the middle of the East has, by all accounts, gotten stronger since last season.
The Bucks added a few pieces and will have a full year of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings (LOL). The Brooklyn Nets will, in all likelihood, HOVA themselves into a playoff spot, maybe even as high as #2. Chicago should still be good enough without D-Rose to score a spot. If Orlando keeps Dwight, maybe. Indiana, Washington, Boston, Toronto, and Cleveland even -- all possibilities.
The Sixers, meanwhile, have lost their leading scorer, however BOSSy he may be, their best interior defender, despite his impending brittleness, and their starting shooting guard/three-point specialist. Regardless of how you feel about those three players, this team will certainly have roles to fill going into next season. They've replaced them with an eclectic bunch of guys. Dorell Wright, Nick Young, Arnett Moultrie, Moe Harkless, Kwame Brown, Royal Ivey. Some are less worthless than others.
If the Sixers defense holds up, they should still be able to scrape by with a playoff spot. But it's certainly no guarantee, and considering their major deficiencies in the front line, a strong case could be made for them missing the playoffs entirely. I'm hoping that's the case, but you may not be. So my question to you is just that - if this is the Sixers team going into November, do they make the playoffs?
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