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2012 NBA Power Rankings: The Sixers Stink

Mike Curry admires Doug Collins' spot-on Shooter McGavin impression.
Mike Curry admires Doug Collins' spot-on Shooter McGavin impression.

I'm going to take a page from John Schuhmann's power rankings. The Sixers stink.

Our pal, Tom Moore tweeted earlier: "[The Sixers] are 3-17 in games decided by seven or fewer points this season." On top of that, they're 11-19 in their last 30 games.

The Washington Wizards are 7-23 in their last 30 games. The Kings are 10-20 in their last 30 games. The New Orleans Hornets are 9-21 in their last 30 games. Since their blazing start, the Sixers are one of the worst teams in the NBA; there's no tip-toeing around it.

As you can imagine, they're dipping towards the lower half in the national power rankings, and an argument could be made that they should be lower.

John Schuhmann, - 17th (8th 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.

Chris Sheridan, Sheridan Hoops - 18th (8th in East)

Tuesday night against Indiana is their final home game of the season, then they play five straight on the road including one at Milwaukee a week from Wednesday that will decide the tiebreaker between the teams. If they get in as eighth seed, they are getting swept by Bulls.

John Hollinger, ESPN - 7th (5th in the East)

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

Something tells me that the reeling Sixers won't mind slipping to No. 8 at this point, as long as they don't fall all the way to No. 9 with six of their final seven on the road. They've lost 15 of 16 to the Heat, playoffs included, so facing Chicago in Round 1 (thanks to D-Rose's iffy health) is actually more appealing.

Composite: 15th (7th in East)

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