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Doc Rivers has Sixers playing to their strengths

Doc Rivers | Sixers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The early returns on Doc Rivers as Sixers head coach are overwhelmingly positive.

The Philadelphia 76ers have started the 2020-21 season on a tear, jumping out to first place in the Eastern Conference at 12-5. COVID has made it difficult to get a proper reading on the league as a whole, but the Sixers seem firmly entrenched in contention — even if toppling the Bucks and Nets of the world feels out of reach.

The Sixers have thrived in a number of areas this season. The defense looks sharper (on most nights), and the personnel moves made by Daryl Morey have had a universally positive impact.