This is the first of what should be a regular feature: seeing what the NBA’s biggest national names think about the Sixers in a bit of a crowd sourcing activity. The Sixers rank follows the commentator’s name, with an excerpt from the ratings.
NBA.com‘s John Schuhmann: 4
The No. 1 defense in the league has allowed 118 points per 100 possessions in two games against the Heat. Other than Friday’s loss to Miami, it’s been so far, so good as the Sixers play seven straight games against some of the best teams in the league. Saturday’s win in Atlanta was the most impressive.
ESPN’s Marc Stein: 4
The bad news for the validation-craving Sixers: They’ve seen Miami twice and lost twice by a combined 41 … compared with a combined 24 points in their other five losses. The good news: Everyone bangs on Philly about its easy schedule so far, but it did just wrap wins over the Bulls and Hawks around Heat rout No. 2.
NBC Sports‘ Kurt Helin: 5
Lost to the Heat, but beat the Magic, Bulls and Hawks — they are getting tested and passing. More tests on the way this week with the Lakers, Clippers and Spurs all coming to town.
SI.com‘s Britt Robson: 5
Give the Sixers credit for winning three of four to begin their brutal February schedule, which continues with home games against the Spurs and Clippers followed by seven of eight on the road. Still, there are questions about whether Philadelphia can hang all season with the elite. When Andre Iguodala defends the top-scoring swingman, it often means a mismatch for three-point specialist Jodie Meeks. Last week it was Dwyane Wade, licking his chops as he posted up Meeks, while Iguodala guarded LeBron James. The Lakers then sent massive Metta World Peace into the post to draw two quick fouls on Meeks as Iguodala matched up with Kobe Bryant…
CBS Sports’ (and everywhere else’s) Matt Moore: 5
The Sixers respond to criticism over their inability to beat good teams by knocking off Chicago, Atlanta and the Lakers. So when we said they can’t beat good teams, we really just meant the Heat. (Yes, you had injuries, Bulls fans, we hear you.)