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NBA teams tanking or rebuilding?

"Tanking" has been a buzzword this season in the NBA, what with a talented 2014 draft class coming and teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers placing little emphasis on winning now. But new commissioner Adam Silver refuses to use the word, instead calling the process of trading veterans for picks, young players and cap room "rebuilding." No matter the term, it certainly is a polarizing subject. It's no fun to watch your team lose, but it's also hard to deny the success of some recent rebuild/tank jobs, not to mention the fact that certain moribund teams (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks) actually tried to make the playoffs. What say you?

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  • If your favorite team had almost no shot at competing for a title, which would you rather the front office do?

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  • Does the NBA need to make changes to prevent teams from tearing down their rosters a la the 76ers?

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  • Whom would you draft No. 1 overall if you had equal need at all positions?

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Granger, Turner traded at deadline

Trade deadline day looked to be a bit of a disappointment, with only spare parts changing hands -- that is, until the Pacers made a huge deal. Indiana traded Danny Granger to the 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Granger had been a major part of the Pacers' return to prominence, but had struggled to find playing time after an injury last season. Turner seems to be getting the best part of the deal -- he's going from a bottom-dwelling 76ers team to one that could end up representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

Which team got the better of the Danny Granger-Evan Turner trade?

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  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

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  • Could Danny Granger still start for a legitimate championship contender?

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Are the 3-0 76ers for real?

The 76ers weren't expected to beat the Heat in their season opener, but they did. They weren't supposed to win their first three games, but they have. Led by rookie Michael Carter-Williams' 26 points and 10 assists, the Sixers beat the Bulls 107-104 to improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season ... a season in which they finished 35-47. What do you make of the 76ers' stellar start? How many games will they win?

  • What do you make of the 76ers' 3-0 start?

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  • Las Vegas set the over-under for 76ers wins in 2013-14 at 16.5. How many games will they actually win?

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  • Do you see Michael Carter-Williams as a likely contender for rookie of the year after his debut performance against the Heat?

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  • Where will the 76ers finish in the Atlantic division?

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76ers better than advertised?

It's not cause for alarm in Miami. Or enough reason to start printing playoff tickets in Philly. But the 76ers' 114-110 win over the Heat certainly raised eyebrows, even though the season has barely begun. Sure, Miami had reasons to lay an egg -- they were playing without Dwyane Wade on the second of back-to-back games, the night after getting their championship rings and fending off the Bulls. But they're the two-time defending champs. And these are the 76ers, a team fully expected to contend ... for the NBA's worst record. Perhaps, Michael Carter-Williams' impressive rookie debut -- 22 points, 12 assists and nine steals -- suggests he could help the 76ers win more games than the experts predicted.

Las Vegas set the over-under for 76ers wins in 2013-14 at 16.5. How many games will they actually win?

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  • Do you see Michael Carter-Williams as a likely contender for rookie of the year after his debut performance against the Heat?

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  • Do you expect the Heat to have more "off" nights this season than in 2012-13?

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  • Which of these is the most likely reason the Heat lost Wednesday night?

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  • Which of these is the most noteworthy formance from the first two nights of the NBA season?

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NBA 5-on-5: Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers aren't expected to have the greatest of seasons ... some are even questioning if they will be as bad as the 1972-73 team which only won nine games. Did Philadelphia do enough in the offseason to help exceed their win total from a season ago? Will Thaddeus Young, who is arguable their best player, be traded before the trade deadline? Is Hip Hop the most intriguing part of the team? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

What grade would you give the 76ers' offseason?

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  • Which of these is the biggest question facing the 76ers this season?

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  • Who is the 76ers' most intriguing player?

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  • Which of these bold predictions for the 76ers is most likely to come true?

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  • How will the 76ers fare this season? (34-48 last year)

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