(via NBC Sports)

With LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard now looking at the Pacific Ocean, the Eastern Conference has never been so wide-open.

Obviously, there are multiple teams competing for the empty throne and among them are the Sixers, who are looking to take a step forward after their appearance in the Eastern Conference Semis last season.

For what it’s worth, statistically speaking, they are on track to meet those goals.

After their 129-128 win over the Blazers tonight, the 76ers are now 5-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season, the same season, and the last time, they made it to the NBA Finals.

Of course, the Sixers went on to lose that series, thanks to the performances of Koba and Shaq who, at the time, were virtually unstoppable together.

Today, the Sixers are probably in their best position in years to not only make the Finals but win them. With Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, they have a star duo that can lead them almost anywhere. With Al Horford and the rest of the supporting cast, they have depth that can bring quality support to those stars.

As they compete with the Bucks and others in the East, things are sure to get tense down the stretch. But, so far, the Sixers are off to a better start than they could have hoped for.

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