NBA Power Rankings: Sixers Rise To The Top Half

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NBA Power Rankings, Week 5: 76ers Officially Bottom Of The Barrel

They’ve done it. After five weeks of trying, the Philadelphia 76ers have found their way to the bottom of the eastern conference power rankings. The Sixers finished week 5 of the NBA season with the least amount of wins in the conference and subsequently our SBNation.com ranks have stuck them in the basement. The Sixers are now just one win shy of having the worst record in the entire NBA.

On the bright side however, Liberty Ballers says one good thing has come from this season so far. That’s when they coined the nickname “Donaglia.” So raise a glass to that Sixer fans!

1. Boston Celtics
2. Orlando Magic
3. Chicago Bulls
4. Atlanta Hawks
5. Miami Heat
6. Indiana Pacers
7. New York Knicks
8. Cleveland Cavaliers
9. Milwaukee Bucks
10. New Jersey Nets
11. Charlotte Bobcats
12. Raptors
13. Pistons
14. Wizards
15. 76ers

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NBA Power Rankings Week 3: It Does Get Worse Than The Sixers!

The 76ers are coming off a week where they went on a pretty miserable road trip facing most of the Western conference’s best teams. Unsurprisingly, they were swept. We’ve got them falling down two spots from #11 in the Eastern Conference to #13.

Philly had a tough week, facing some of the best of the West. They lost to all three, and now sit with a terrible 2-8 record. Shooting a plethora of threes and making lateral moves over the off-season just doesn’t win you games.

I suppose the Sixers can take some solace in the fact that they aren’t in the cellar. Both the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors are still ranked lower than Philadelphia.

Things do get a bit easier for the Sixers this week as they face the not very good Cleveland Cavaliers and the awful Toronto Raptors. On Friday they host the so-so Milwaukee Bucks.

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NBA Power Rankings Week 2: Sixers Movin' On Up

The week 2 NBA power rankings are out and the Sixers have actually moved up from week 1, where they just about considered the second worst team in the league. They’re still cellar dwellers, but slightly more respectable cellar dwellers this week.

ESPN – 21 (28)

Despite four straight 20-point games from Brand — his longest such streak since April 2007 — folks in Philly already have dialed down the playoff talk. Year 1 under Collins and Thorn is suddenly an “audition season.”

Suddenly? Playoff talk? Where did this guy hear people talking about the Sixers as a playoff team?

FOX – 24 (29)

Still getting flashes from Evan Turner and big offensive numbers all around, especially from Elton Brand. But Andre Iguodala is hurt and doesn’t look to be happy, and the 76ers are clearly still very much in rebuilding mode.

Fanhouse – 20 (—)

Elton Brand has been the Sixers’ best player this season, which is both good news and bad news. Good that Brand is regaining his old form, but bad that Andre Iguodala hasn’t shined as brightly. And to make matters worse, Iguodala just had his consecutive-games-played streak end at 252 after he was forced to miss his team’s game on Sunday due to a sore right Achilles’.

SBNation – 11 (14) (by conference)

Did Evan Turner just Wally Pipp Andre Iguodala? Turner got his first start of the year for an injured Iguodala on Sunday, and the 76ers beat the Knicks in MSG. It’s just one game, but it underscores the problem Doug Collins faces when trying to get the rookie enough minutes. Maybe it’s time to move Iguodala elsewhere. The problem is that few teams want to take on that contract.


CBS – 26 (26)

Sign of things to come? Rejuvenated Elton Brand scores 20 or more in four straight as Sixers go 2-2 against fellow Eastern lightweights.

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