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08:12 AM ET 09.25 | Leading a list of Eastern Conference teams that can surprise this season may be the Philadelphia 76ers. Everybody loved the Andrew Bynum acquisition for the Sixers, but that trade leaves a couple of huge question marks for Bynum's new team. First, is Bynum good enough to lead a team? And secondly, can Bynum stay healthy long enough to lead a team? The answers to those questions will go a long way towards predicting Philadelphia's success this year, because without Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand, Bynum will have to grow up quickly and prove he can make the most of the opportunity he's been given. Also, it will be worth watching to see if Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner take the next step in their careers, but let -- s face it -- Bynum is the big draw here.

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September 25, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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Bynum will have a great *contract* season.But, they will fininsh 3-6.Barring injury, the Heat and Celtics have #1 and 2 on lock.

Am sure the nets & pacers will have something to say about that #2 seed.
Don't forget the celtics were the #3 seed last season.

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September 25, 2012  09:16 AM ET

The nets will be the new east team to watch, everybody will watch the heat & celtics as well.
Personally Bynum may have a good season, but the sixers are no contenders period.
Like the pacers they are pretenders.

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September 25, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Wow....you really think Boston is a 'lock' for the #2 seed?Almost everyone in their division is better, they have no starting sg and pierce looked as old as greg oden in the playoffs I think they probably will win the Atlantic, but a lock #2? Can't agree with you on that one

celtics have Courtnee Lee...
Terry off the bench.

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September 25, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Plus Darko...Oh wait..!

LMAO!

September 25, 2012  09:39 AM ET

First, is Bynum good enough to lead a team? And secondly, can Bynum stay healthy long enough to lead a team?

They answer to both questions is, maybe. If the answer is yes, Philadelphia is a force, if not, they'll be just another team with "promise."

September 25, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Philly is severely underrated. They really added to their team besides Bynums addition. Nick Young and Jason Richardson are also solid additions with Evan Turner and Jrue Holliday improving as well... Solid team that may creep up to the 2 or 3rd seed in the East...

September 25, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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Bynum will have a great *contract* season.But, they will fininsh 3-6.Barring injury, the Heat and Celtics have #1 and 2 on lock.

I got the Nets at #2 followed by Pacers and Knicks.
Boston won't make top 4 simply because KG/PP won't play big minutes regular season.

CLE will be lucky if they make #8!!!!

September 25, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Duh.

X2

DUH

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September 25, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Good Luck To You, Bro.

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