Who are the Toronto Raptors biggest competitors for seeding this season?

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Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia looks ready to bounce back after their infamous triple-bounce loss.

Much like Milwaukee, they didn’t make many drastic improvements in the offseason, and lost J.J. Redick and Jimmy Butler, two players who played massive roles for them last year.

With that being said, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are continuing to grow and make strides, Tobias Harris has had a good start to the season and Josh Richardson and Al Horford will certainly play a big role.

This Sixers team has no issue going far down the bench to get minutes much like the Bucks, and unlike the Raptors. Although not by an extreme amount, Philadelphia is a better team than Toronto, and will be competing for the top of the conference all season, potentially setting up a second round rematch against the Raps.

The Verdict: Philadelphia are contenders out of the east, and like Milwaukee should finish ahead of the Raptors in the standings. If the stars aligned for the Raptors they might be able to sneak ahead by a few games come the end of the year, but in all likelihood, the 76ers will go into the postseason in the second place position, just above the Toronto Raptors.