NBA Power Rankings: Philadelphia 76ers Are No. 1

Nick DavisContributor IIIJanuary 11, 2012

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers walks off the floor during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN's latest Power Rankings, the Philadelphia 76ers (7-2) are the highest-ranked team for the second straight week. After a 1-2 start to the season, the 76ers have won six straight games by a combined 131 points—that's a average of 21.8 points per game. 

The 76ers are ranked first in the league in points allowed with 85.6, third in points scored with 101.6 and second in rebounding with 46.1 rebounds a game. The 76ers are first in the Atlantic, ahead of both Boston and New York. 

The 76ers are being led by two young guards—Lou Williams and Jrue Holiday—as well as veteran Andre Iguodala. The three are combining for more 44 points, 11.4 boards and 12.7 assists a game.

Former Clipper Elton Brand is averaging 9.6 points a game while grabbing 7.4 rebounds. This season, Brand has two double-doubles, including a 21-point, 10-rebound performance against the Kings.  

The 76ers have had an easy schedule thus far, having only beaten one team that currently has a winning record, that being the Indiana Pacers. We'll see what the 76ers are made of in he next few weeks, as the team plays the Knicks, Nuggets, Hawks and Heat in the next ten days.  

Tonight, Jan. 11, the 76ers will take on the Knicks at 7:30 EST.

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