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Josh Richardson believes Sixers have ‘a good chance to come out of the East’

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Philadelphia 76ers combo guard Josh Richardson believes the Sixers have “a good chance to come out of the East” next season.

The Sixers acquired Richardson from the Miami Heat in the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade deal. Philly also signed All-Star big man Al Horford and re-signed small forward Tobias Harris this summer.

Nothing is set in stone, but the Sixers’ projected starting lineup for next season is Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Joel Embiid. That’s as good as any starting five in the NBA.

“I mean once it happened and I started looking at everything, it was smooth,” Richardson said, via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. “I got excited once I saw our roster that we’re going to be working with, and I think we’ve got a good chance to come out of the East. And I’m excited to be able to go and play for a contender.”

Richardson is a sound two-way player. He averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season in Miami while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 86.1 percent from the free-throw line.

With Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference now, the East is wide-open. Pundits have the Sixers and Milwaukee Bucks as the two best teams in the Eastern Conference.