Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown has lofty goals for his newly constructed team.

At his annual luncheon with the media, Brown spoke candidly about his expectations for the team among other things on the eve of training camp.

“I want the No. 1 seed,” Brown said via Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice. 

Obviously, that statement shouldn’t be all that surprising since presumably he has confidence in his players and coaching staff.

Brown expressing his desire for the top seed isn’t why his quote is important.

It’s important, because for the first time in a while it’s a realistic goal.

Brown also said pursuing the first seed will not come above developing players and the health of Joel Embiid.

Will they jump up this season?

The Sixers have been the third seed in each of the last two playoffs.

They finished nine games back of the Milwaukee Bucks last season and seven back of the Toronto Raptors two years ago.

Assuming the Bucks win around 60 games again this season, the Sixers will have some work to do to match them game for game.

How do they jump from 51 wins to 59 or 60 in just one year?

With Kawhi Leonard leaving the Raptors along with the Boston Celtics losing Al Horford and Kyrie Irving, the Sixers need to take advantage.

Last regular season they were a combined 2-6 against those two teams. They will need to improve in those games to move up the standings.

If they can’t, they will most likely finish the season as the second seed.

Getting 60 wins while Embiid sits for about 20 games will be hard to do but perhaps the Bucks will take a step back.

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