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Power Rankings as of 12/30/08

Ball Don't Lie-20

The Sixers are 7-1 when scoring 100-plus points this season, as well as 7-3 when shooting the same percentage or better than their opponent. Too bad their "Effective FG%" is one of the worst in the L.

Marc Stein, ESPN-23

When the Sixers stumbled out of the gate, their fans could still lose themselves in Phillies Euphoria. Perhaps the Eagles' unlikely rally into the NFL playoffs will further extend the Elton-less Sixers' grace period.

John Hollinger-21

NBA.com-19

After winning their first three under Tony DiLeo, the Sixers have lost three straight, but they were up 12 in the fourth quarter in Denver Friday night before losing to the Nuggets. Rookie Marreese Speights is making some noise, averaging 13.8 points on 56 percent shooting in the last five games.

A mire two months ago I thought this was a 50 win team, so I can't say I saw this coming. This is nothing new though. It's just taking some people longer to realize that this isn't a good team. It is what it is.