So what teams in the Eastern Conference did the most to improve for the 2015-16 season? The availability of cap space and the status of retaining one's own free agents factors into what teams are able to do. The countdown starts with teams that did the least to enhance its roster -- and depending on the team that could be a good thing.
No. 12, Sixers
Last season's record: 18-64.
Finish: 14th, next to last, in East.
Key additions: C Jahlil Okafor, third overall pick in 2015 draft. Free agents F Carl Landry and F Jason Thompson. SG Nik Stauskas acquired in a trade.
The skinny: The Sixers have banked on rebuilding themselves with a host of draft picks, a lot of them second-rounders, and the hopes that their lottery choices pan out. So far, Joel Embiid (No. 3 pick in 2014) has yet to play a game because of foot injuries. Wile C-PF Nerlens Noel can be a defensive force, he's a long way from being equally adept on offense. To have any chance of this working, Okafor must be everything that he's projected to be or it's going to be a very, very long rebuild.
Projected finish: In terms of making the postseason for the first time since 2012, the Sixers don't stand a chance. Their roster looks similar to last season's with Henry Sims, Jerami Grant, Ish Smith, Robert Covington and Tony Wroten. Staying out of last place will be an accomplishment alone for a team that has size and potential on the inside with not much to complement it otherwise. Stauskas was a lottery pick of the Sacramento Kings just last season but hasn't shown any indication that he can live up to that status. The East has gotten much better and deeper, too, making the task of being anything other than 15th place difficult to imagine.
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