Sixers come in ranked 4th in power rankings out of All-Star break

The All-Star break is done in the NBA and now is the time to prepare for the stretch run of the season. The Philadelphia 76ers are sitting at 38-19 and they have 25 games to go before the playoffs begin in April.

The Sixers are an established contender in the East led by Joel Embiid and James Harden as well as their new bench unit led by Tyrese Maxey. Philadelphia is in a very good spot as they come out of the All-Star break beginning with a matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.

The Athletic released its latest edition of power rankings and the Sixers are ranked 4th in the contender tier:

When we checked in on this a little over two months ago, the Sixers were still battling injuries to James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. They weren’t even close to whole. Now? The Sixers have kicked things into high gear and they are kicking teams’ butts to start out games. They maintain in the middle quarters and then they put it away in the fourth. They’ve gone 12-4 in their last 16 clutch games since we last checked in. And they’ve won 26 of their last 33 games. They have become an absolute force.

The Sixers are one of the elite half-court defensive teams in the league, they have an efficient offense led by Harden, and one has to figure that the Sixers will be in the running to represent the East in the NBA finals in June.


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