Offseason Improvement Rankings: Atlantic Division

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Jul 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; First round draft pick center Nerlens Noel poses with his jersey during a press conference at PCOM. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

76ers – John Adair (The Sixer Sense) 

If only one word could be used to describe the 2013 offseason for the Philadelphia 76ers, it would best be described as hectic. With new GM Sam Hinkie in place, changes were likely to come, but I don’t think anyone expected at this pace.

After a relatively quiet period after being hired, Hinkie pulled off numerous draft day trades, including the blockbuster that sent Jrue Holiday, the Sixers’ lone All-Star a year ago, along with Pierre Jackson to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-rounder. Reports broke the surface during the draft that Brett Brown was hired as the next head coach of the 76ers, but Hinkie later denied the rumor. The former Houston Rockets’ Assistant GM struck a deal with his former team to bring Royce White, the 16th overall pick in last year’s draft to Philly. All in all, Hinkie has come in and at the very least given the 76ers a direction, one that has the future looking bright.

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