With records through Friday.
1. Cavaliers (10-2, last week 1)
Monitoring LeBron James’ minutes and resting him is reminder Cleveland is thinking long term.
2. Warriors (10-2, LW 3)
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Draymond Green is making it his personal mission to make the Warriors’ defense elite.
3. Clippers (11-2, LW 2)
This season, the Clippers might have the bench depth needed for a deep playoff run.
4. Spurs (10-3, LW 4)
Pau Gasol is blending in just fine in San Antonio.
5. Hawks (9-3, LW 8)
Dennis Schroder is proving to be capable of leading a team with playoff aspirations.
6. Raptors (8-4, LW 5)
Toronto’s assists numbers usually aren’t great, but they still manage to average 108.3 points.
7. Hornets (8-3, LW 6)
With more wins, fans will appreciate the value of the versatile Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
8. Bulls (8-4, LW 12)
Dwyane Wade’s mentorship of Jimmy Butler could pay off for years to come.
9. Thunder (8-5, LW 7)
OKC will need another player alongside Russell Westbrook eventually.
10. Grizzlies (7-5, LW 14)
Mike Conley could finally make an All-Star team.
11. Rockets (7-5, LW 10)
Dwight Howard’s departure has cleared the way for Clint Capela to develop on the court.
12. Jazz (7-6, LW 11)
Rudy Gobert anchors a team allowing a league-low 93.2 points per game.
13. Lakers (7-6, LW 15)
Julius Randle is proving to be a playmaker.
14. Celtics (6-6, LW 13)
Al Horford’s absence due to a concussion has put the scoring load on Isaiah Thomas.
15. Trail Blazers (7-7, LW 9)
Portland is allowing 112.4 points per game, and that has to change.
16. Bucks (5-6, LW 16)
Last season’s big free agent (Greg Monroe) is a reserve.
17. Pistons (6-7, LW 17)
Tobias Harris (16.5 points) is the leading scorer while Reggie Jackson recovers from injury.
18. Pacers (6-7, LW 18)
Jeff Teague averages 18.5 points in wins, 11.9 points in losses.
19. Knicks (5-7, LW 20)
What would another season out of the playoffs say about Phil Jackson’s tenure running the team?
20. Magic (5-7, LW 25)
Evan Fournier (17.3 points per game) has made trading Victor Oladipo in the offseason easier.
21. Timberwolves (4-7, LW 26)
Next season still might be when Minnesota truly emerges as a playoff contender.
22. Nuggets (4-8, LW 19)
Losing guard Gary Harris to injury for at least a month is a major blow.
23. Suns (4-9, LW 23)
Part of Tyson Chandler’s job is to groom young center Alex Len.
24. Kings (4-9, LW 21)
Darren Collison and Ty Lawson playing together could jump-start a sluggish team.
25. Nets (4-8, LW 22)
Brook Lopez has made 20 3-pointers. He made three in his first eight seasons.
26. Heat (3-8, LW 24)
How long will it take Pat Riley to get Miami back to contender status?
27. Wizards (3-8, LW 27)
Coach Scott Brooks has a lot of work to fix what ails Washington.
28. Pelicans (3-10, LW 30)
Having Tyreke Evans healthy would help New Orleans climb from the bottom of the West.
29. Mavericks (2-9, LW 28)
Roster is depleted by injuries, and Dallas looks in rebuild mode.
30. 76ers (2-10, LW 29)
Trading one of their three young centers seems inevitable.