Everybody comfy now? The Sixers lost all three of their games this week -- @Orlando, vs. New Orleans, @Detroit -- and none of the three were particularly close. They're a bad basketball team lacking talent up top and depth below. The losses will keep coming. The first few weeks of the season, though perfect, are a distant memory. Ain't nobody confusing this team for the playoffs now. We good.
At 6-12, the NBA Power Rankings are reflecting the Sixers precipitous drop, but the East remains SO BAD that it's not quite rock bottom yet. They're just two games ahead of Milwaukee and New York for worst record in the Eastern Conference.
SB NATION: 27 (pvs: 24)
The Sixers now almost fully resemble the team that many expected to see right from the outset of the season. Philadelphia doesn't play a lick of defense, as they're giving up over 110 points per game on the year.
ESPN: 24 (pvs: 19)
Safe to say MCW is about to be named Philly's first Rookie of the Month since Allen Iverson back in April 1997. Equally safe to say Sixers fans are watching what happens with New Orleans as closely as their own team, with the Pels owing them a first-rounder in June unless it falls in the top five.
CBS: 22 (pvs: 18)
The tank is on, baby!
NBA.com: 24 (pvs: 20)
With eight losses in their last nine games, the Sixers are looking more like the team we thought they'd be. But Evan Turner continues to redefine himself, averaging 20.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists over the last seven games. He's been much more efficient this season, but Spencer Hawes has actually seen a bigger true shooting percentage jump (9.3 percent vs. 6.5 percent) from last year.
Yahoo!: 22 (pvs: 19)
Michael Carter-Williams' 223 points through the first 13 games of his career are the second-most by a Sixers rookie. Allen Iverson had 287.
SI: 28 (pvs: 19 -- drop city!)
Maybe the Sixers are who we thought they were. The early-November sweethearts have lost eight of nine, mostly because of their porous defense, which opponents are treating like folding chairs on a nightly basis.
NBC: 25 (pvs: 21)
Michael-Carter Williams [sic] remains the brightest hope for the future on this team, but Evan Turner is averaging 21 points a game and is having by far his best season as a pro.
Always interesting to see what other publications are saying about our boys. This week's Sixers got Orlando tonight, Charlotte on the road, then host Denver and LAC.