(via Houston Chronicle)

With Kawhi Leonard having left for Los Angeles, the East has never been so wide-open. Just a summer following LeBron’s departure, teams are given new hope that they might finally take the East.

For the Sixers, that new hope is being translated to confidence.

“It’s a good team, and a good chance of winning,” Sixers wing James Ennis told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The East is going to be wide open. We had a good chance last year. Kawhi (Leonard) is gone. He went to the (Clippers in the) West. So, we are going to walk to the Finals in the East.”

Embiid, Simmons, Ennis, and the rest of the gang were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals by Kawhi and his infamous buzzer-beating game-winner in Game 7. Next season, without Kawhi or LeBron, the East will have a new Champion — but will it be the 76ers?

The Nets, Pacers, Bucks, and Celtics will have something to say about Philly’s newfound confidence.

But, of course, their destiny rides on the stars. The team will only go as far as Embiid and Simmons take them. But in a league where so much has changed, and a whole list of stars are on the move, they might find now to be their best opportunity at something special.

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