1. Golden State Warriors (43-9, last week 1):
Never miss a local story.
Managed a rare win over San Antonio, but the Spurs would still be a scary postseason opponent.
2. Memphis Grizzlies (39-14, LW 3):
No hoopla about the Grizzlies, but they could win the West.
3. Atlanta Hawks (43-12, LW 2):
Came back from the All-Star break to get blown out by Toronto.
Reminded Hawks they might be best in the East when at full strength.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers (34-22, LW 8):
If the Cavs finish strong, LeBron James could win his fifth MVP award.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (36-19 LW 9):
Still could stand to strengthen the bench for the playoffs.
7. Houston Rockets (36-18, LW 4):
Could recent struggles be a sign James Harden needs more teammates to step up with Dwight Howard out?
8. Dallas Mavericks (37-20, LW 10):
Rajon Rondo’s return from injury puts the Mavs back on course to challenge for the West title.
9. Portland Trail Blazers (36-18, LW 6):
Adding Arron Afflalo before the trade deadline gives the Blazers a reliable option on the wing.
10. San Antonio Spurs (34-21, LW 7):
Back-to-back losses to the Clippers and Warriors – two teams the Spurs have dominated – had coach Gregg Popovich hot.
11. Chicago Bulls (34-21, LW 11):
Many still believe only Cleveland can keep the Bulls out the NBA Finals.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (29-25, LW 14):
Rebuilt their bench via trades and have finally moved into the top eight in the West.
13. Milwaukee Bucks (31-23, LW 13):
Prepared for Brandon Knight’s possible departure as a free agent by trading him and acquiring Michael Carter-Williams.
14. Washington Wizards (33-22, LW 12):
Embarrassed by Cleveland Friday for their seventh loss in their last 10 games.
15. Phoenix Suns (29-26, LW 15):
Fixed their three-guard “problem” by trading Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas and adding Knight.
16. New Orleans Pelicans (27-27, LW 16):
Picked up point guard Norris Cole from Miami as Jrue Holiday continues to deal with injuries.
17. Charlotte Hornets (22-30, LW 17):
Their record won’t be as good as last season’s, but the Hornets might do enough to make the playoffs.
18. Miami Heat (23-30, LW 18):
Losing Chris Bosh for the season tempers the excitement of acquiring Dragic.
19. Indiana Pacers (22-33, LW 20):
Frank Vogel has done one of the better coaching jobs in the league this season amid several injuries.
20. Detroit Pistons (22-33, LW 21):
Trading for Reggie Jackson was the answer to losing Brandon Jennings for the season.
21. Boston Celtics (20-32, LW 19):
After years of rumors, Thomas is finally a Celtic via trade from Phoenix.
22. Brooklyn Nets (22-31, LW 22):
Thad Young will add needed athleticism in the frontcourt.
23. Utah Jazz (20-34, LW 24):
Granted Enes Kanter’s wish and traded him, meaning Rudy Gobert will play more, which is good for the future.
24. Denver Nuggets (20-34, LW 23):
Ty Lawson didn’t get traded, but was benched for a game for missing practice.
25. Kings (19-34, LW 25):
DeMarcus Cousins might be the only King more popular than coach George Karl these days.
26. Orlando Magic (18-39, LW 26):
Rumors had the Magic trying to trade at least one of their young forwards, but the roster remained intact.
27. Minnesota Timberwolves (12-42, LW 28):
Acquiring Kevin Garnett made for the feel-good story of the trade deadline, but does it make the Wolves better?
28. New York Knicks (10-44, LW 29):
Carmelo Anthony is out for the season, Amar’e Stoudemire was bought out, leaving no stars for the marquees in New York.
29. Los Angeles Lakers (13-41, LW 30):
Seven-game losing streak entering Saturday was longest current streak in the league.
30. Philadelphia 76ers (12-42, LW 27):
Once again the Sixers traded some of their most productive players to collect draft picks.