Thanks in large part to a healthy dose of home games, the Philadelphia 76ers have been one of the NBA's early season surprises this year. Through 16 games, the 76ers sit at 11-5, and their 4 1/2-game Atlantic Division lead over the Boston Celtics is the largest by any first-place team in the entire league.
Although they're on pace for a 45-win season, Philadelphia's schedule gets much tougher from here on out. But the foundation has already been laid for a successful 2011-12 campaign, thanks to the contributions of virtually every player on the roster.
With 50 games left to go before the playoffs, let's take a look back at the first quarter of the season and hand out grades to the key players on the Sixers' roster.