Good God, we have a basketball team.
The Sixers currently sit atop John Hollinger’s stat-nerdy rankings on ESPN.com, but Hollinger's system is based on metrics, which means the rankings will invariably be influenced by small sample sizes. And though the same argument could be made for Marc Stein’s Week 3 power rankings, his at least factor in a bit more subjectivity and common sense. So, this is all just a really long way of saying “Look! The Sixers are third in the NBA!”
Which launch surprised you more? When the Sixers alarmingly started 3-13 last season under Doug Collins? Or that these Sixers have the best scoring margin in the league (plus-15.2) by nearly five points over Chicago? Think we'll go with the latter.