Sixers Week 18 Power Rankings + Rookie Rankings

John Hollinger, ESPN - 8th (5th in East)

Marc Stein, ESPN - 16th (7th in East)

Collins is a factor in the main COY race now and has East Coach of the Month for February wrapped up. The Sixers went 9-3, passing .500 for the first time all season with their best month since February 2003 (8-2).

Hollinger Playoff Odds - 99.1% (projected 44-38)

Tom Ziller, SB Nation - 12th (5th in East)

It looks like we may just have one East playoff team with a losing record, as the Sixers are actually making a run at the Knicks for No. 6. The Philly frontcourt is a question mark: can they get more out of Spencer Hawes? Will Elton Brand hold up all season?

Kurt Helin, PBT - 13th (6th in East)

We said this in the game recap but it bears repeating - the Sixers are over .500 for the first time since they were 2-1 under Eddie Jordan. Doug Collins should get some coach of the year consideration.

HoopsWorld - 14th (6th in East)

The Sixers thought about blowing it up earlier in the season but the team came together. Now they're on a four-game win-streak and one over .500.

Composite: 12.6 (5.8 in East)

Bonus: According to Basketball Reference's Wins Pythagorean the Sixers should be 34-25 instead of 30-29.

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Rookie Rankings: Evan Turner moves down to 13th in David Thorpe Rookie Rankings (ESPN).

I see improved confidence in Turner, especially in his midrange shooting. But he's also back to his old college days in terms of sniffing out rebounds. He had 8 last night in the Sixers' blowout win over the Wizards, marking the third time in the last four games that he grabbed at least 6 rebounds. He's becoming an interesting energy guy off the bench for one of the most interesting teams in the league right now. Come playoff time, Turner could be a difference maker.

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