2012 NBA Power Rankings: Sixers Inch Closer To Mediocrity

Mar 09, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Nikola Vucevic (L) guard Louis Williams (C) and center Spencer Hawes (R) help forward Andre Iguodala (9) to his feet after he slid into the bench going for a loose ball during the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Jazz 104-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

According to Marc Stein, the Sixers have the fourth worst record in the NBA since Valentine's Day. They're 7-13 during that span, which hardly sounds like it would qualify for the fourth worst record, but who am I to argue with Marc Stein.

I don't know what to think of the Sixers anymore. It's been a roller coaster ride-season. There were moments early in the season where I thought they were legitimately the third best team in the East, and could beat any EC team in a seven-game series with home-court advantage outside of the Miami Heat. There have been times recently, where I thought of them as the eighth best team in the East. And there was a stretch where Evan Turner got his hands on Michael's special water from Space Jam and played like he rolled out of the bed in Columbus every day.

For weeks/months many fans hoped the eventual return of Spencer Hawes would be triumphant, returning the Sixers to top 3 status in the East. So far, that hasn't happened, and looks highly unlikely.

With the familiar stench of mediocrity a'brewin', make the jump to see where the Sixers rank amongst various media outlets after 13 weeks.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com - 13th (7th in East)

The Celtics have a rough April schedule and the Knicks are still under .500, so the Sixers are seemingly in control of the Atlantic, allowing them to avoid the Heat and Bulls in the first round. But, struggling offensively, they've won just three of their last 11 on the road, where they'll play 11 of their last 17.

Tom Ziller, SB Nation - 13th (6th in East)

The Sixers lost their "showdown" with the Knicks but aced their "showdown" with the Celtics. Next up: a "showdown" with the Hawks on Saturday.

Chris Sheridan, Sheridan Hoops - 9th (5th in East)

They have the Celtics' number, that's for sure. But let's not be too quick to give them the Atlantic Division. They finish with six of seven on the road, and they lose tiebreaker to Knicks. And they are only 7-12 since Valentines Day.

John Hollinger, ESPN - 4th (3rd in the East)

Marc Stein, ESPN - 18th (8th in the East)

The Sixers still have more 20-point wins than anyone (12 to Chicago's 11) and zero wins in eight games decided by five points or fewer ... when every other team in the NBA has won two such games. Worse yet, Philly's 7-13 mark since Valentine's Day beats only Charlotte, Washington and Sacramento in that span.

Composite: 11th (6th in East)

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