1. Warriors (20-2, last week 1): Could life get any better for Steve Kerr in his first coaching job?
2. Memphis Grizzlies (19-4, LW 5): The bench unit that includes Vince Carter and Beno Udrih is solid.
3. Houston Rockets (18-5, LW 4): The Rockets are happy to have Patrick Beverley back; most opponents aren’t happy to see him.
4. Portland Trail Blazers (18-6, LW 2): Could claim the Northwest Division this season behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.
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5. Dallas Mavericks (17-8, LW 6): Tyson Chandler has reinvigorated the defense.
6. Washington Wizards: (16-6, LW 9): Marcin Gortat provides comic relief on Twitter, physical presence at center.
7. Los Angeles Clippers (16-7, LW 7): Nine-game winning streakended Friday at Washington.
8. Toronto Raptors (17-6, LW 8): Kyle Lowry was an All-Star snub last season; that shouldn’t be the case this season.
9. San Antonio Spurs (16-7, LW 3): Spurs have stumbled lately against losing teams.
10. Atlanta Hawks (16-7, LW 11): Winning streak ended at nine games on buzzer beater by Orlando on Saturday.
11. Chicago Bulls (14-8, LW 13): Could Jimmy Butler, not Derrick Rose, be the Bulls’ star guard this season?
12. Cleveland Cavaliers (13-9, LW 12): Possibly tired, Cavs have dropped their last two games.
13. Phoenix Suns (12-12, LW 10): Have lost four straight, but guard Isaiah Thomas is back from an ankle injury after missing eight games.
14. New Orleans Pelicans (11-11, LW 18): Tyreke Evans was in attack mode to lead the Pelicans past the Cavs on Friday.
15. Oklahoma City Thunder (10-13, LW 19): Quickly rising in the standings with improved health.
16. Milwaukee Bucks (12-12, LW 14): Four wins from matching last season’s total.
17. Kings (11-13, LW 15): It was a week of blown leads, leading to losses to the Lakers and Rockets.
18. Denver Nuggets (10-13 LW 16): Injuries are piling up with JaVale McGee out, but Nate Robinson returned Saturday.
19. Miami Heat (11-12, LW 17): LeBron James’ playmaking ability is a void none of Miami’s point guards can fill.
20. Brooklyn Nets (10-12, LW 20): Veterans hope to find their stride by January, but will that be too late?
21. Orlando Magic (10-16, LW 21): Nikola Vucevic is due back in the lineup soon to give the Magic the post presence they’ve lacked.
22. Boston Celtics (7-14, LW 22): Jared Sullinger is shooting just 4 of 21 in his last three games, all losses.
23. Los Angeles Lakers (7-16, LW 24): Two more wins since benching Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin.
24. Charlotte Hornets (6-17, LW 26): Still one of the more disappointing teams this season after last season’s playoff berth.
25. Utah Jazz (6-17, LW 25): Alec Burks returned to the lineup, providing experience to a youthful backcourt.
26. Indiana Pacers (7-17, LW 23): It’s a struggle most nights for the short-handed Pacers, who had a hard time scoring when healthy last season.
27. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-17 LW 27): Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 11.3 points in his second season after 3.9 points as a rookie.
28. New York Knicks (5-20, LW 28): Is learning the triangle offense holding the Knicks back, or are they just a bad team?
29. Detroit Pistons (5-19, LW 29): Ended their losing streak at 13 games by knocking off reeling Phoenix on Friday.
30. Philadelphia 76ers (2-21, LW 30): Trade for Andrei Kirilenko wasn’t about improving this season, rather collecting another draft pick.