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Sunday / December 17.
  • The Sixers are now the No. 5 seed in the East, Ben Simmons massive favorite to win Rookie of the Year

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    The Process certainly appears to be working.

    If the NBA playoffs began today (which, of course, they don’t), the Philadelphia 76ers would be the No. 5 seed in the East. The 5 seed.

    As Sixers’ beat writer Keith Pompey points out, a year ago the Sixers were 4-17 after 21 games. This year they are 12-9.

    The Knicks (11-10) would be the No. 8 seed and would open against the top-seeded Boston Celtics (19-4).

    Meantime, Sixers rookie Ben Simmons is the massive favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors. He’s averaging a near triple-double at 18.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.2 assists.

    Fellow Sixer Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the Draft, is off the board because he’s been hampered by a shoulder injury.

    If the NBA Draft were held today (which, of course, it isn’t), neither the Sixers or the Knicks would be in the Lottery. The Knicks would pick at No. 17 and the Sixers at No. 21.

    Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas own the three worst records in the NBA.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.