Power rankings: Where are the Sixers?

Washington's Brendan Haywood tries to drive past Thaddeus Young during the first half. (Nick Wass/AP)

It’s been a tough road thus far for the Sixers, and the majority of this week’s NBA power rankings have them in the bottom third of the league.

Here's a roundup, something we hope to provide weekly going forward.

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The Sixers are 27th in ESPN’s week five rankings, behind the woeful Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards:

After six losses in eight games as well as the loss of Speights to injury, Philly is forced to focus on its one ray of promise: Elton Brand averaged a long-awaited 20 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks in the past three games.

FOXSports.com has the Sixers ranked 24th, just ahead of the Bobcats and Wizards:

Elton Brand's shown signs of life recently. Sam Dalembert hasn't; he's totally lost in Eddie Jordan's system.

CBSSports.com’s Dave Del Grande gives the Sixers a little more respect, ranking them at 23:

How to blow possible upset: 10-point fourth melts late lead vs. Cavs. ... Improvement noted: Elton Brand averaging 19.7 points, 10.3 rebounds in last three after 9.8, 5.3 in first 10 games.

NBA.com’s John Schuhmann has the Sixers 26th:

Elton Brand (19.7 ppg and 10.3 rpg in the last three games) is starting to produce, but Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young are struggling. After a couple of decent games, the Sixers' defense allowed Memphis to shoot 52 percent on Friday.

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Sixers. Their next four opponents have a combined record of 37-17.

Ryan Wixted is an intern for Philly.com Sports and a graduate of Appalachian State University.