By Jason Jones | email@example.com
1. Golden State Warriors (29-5, last week 1):
Andrew Bogut made it back into the lineup, but how long can he stay healthy?
2 . Portland Trail Blazers (29-8, LW 2):
Damian Lillard is one of the best fourth-quarter players in the NBA.
3. Atlanta Hawks (28-8, LW 4):
If you aren’t taking the Hawks seriously by now, you’re missing one of the best teams around.
4. Dallas Mavericks (26-12, LW 5):
Don’t expect that the Mavs are done trying to improve their roster.
5. Houston Rockets (26-11, LW 7):
Looking to prove a team does improve by adding Josh Smith.
6. Washington Wizards: (25-11, LW 10):
Won three in a row to try to keep up with the Hawks.
7. Memphis Grizzlies (25-11, LW 3):
Addition of Jeff Green will add offense at small forward for the first time since Rudy Gay was traded.
8. Los Angeles Clippers (25-12 LW 9):
Don’t be surprised if the Clippers make a move to upgrade at small forward before the trade deadline.
9. Toronto Raptors (25-11, LW 6):
DeMar DeRozan is missed by Raptors, who have dropped their last four.
10. Chicago Bulls (26-12, LW 8):
Bulls could have three All-Stars in Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
11. Phoenix Suns (22-17, LW 11):
Phoenix picked up big man Brandan Wright to help its postseason hopes.
12. San Antonio Spurs (23-15, LW 12):
Defending champions still haven’t found their groove amid injuries.
13. New Orleans Pelicans (18-18, LW 14):
Tyreke Evans has played well lately but was back on the bench with Eric Gordon healthy.
14. Milwaukee Bucks (20-19, LW 16):
One of the most improved teams in the league, even with center Larry Sanders taking time off.
15 . Oklahoma City Thunder (18-19, LW 15):
Hoping Dion Waiters can make it easier on offense for stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
16. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-18, LW 13):
Added J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov in trades but have lost eight of 10.
17. Denver Nuggets (17-20, LW 20):
Four-game winning streak powered by Ty Lawson and Co.
18. Brooklyn Nets (16-21, LW 17):
Deron Williams will miss time with a rib injury as Nets have lost five in a row.
19. Kings (15-21, LW 18):
Shaky defense has contributed to 4-8 record under coach Tyrone Corbin.
20. Indiana Pacers (15-24, LW 21):
Indiana is playing better since George Hill returned from injury.
21. Miami Heat (15-21, LW 19):
The Heat is last in the NBA in assists and rebounding.
22. Charlotte Hornets (15-24, LW 27):
Winners of their last five, the Hornets are looking to recover from a miserable start to the season.
23. Detroit Pistons (13-24, LW 26):
Winning streak ended at seven games, but Pistons are now near the top eight in the East.
24. Utah Jazz (13-25, LW 24):
Rudy Gobert has filled in well at center for injured starter Enes Kanter.
25. Los Angeles Lakers (12-25, LW 25):
The nights Kobe Bryant rests give other players a chance to shine.
26. Boston Celtics (12-23, LW 22):
Celtics have dealt their two best players (Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo) to build for the future.
27. Orlando Magic (13-27, LW 23):
A disappointing 4-12 home record hasn’t helped.
28. Philadelphia 76ers (7-29, LW 30):
Andrei Kirilenko wants no part of this team and was suspended without pay for not reporting after a trade from Brooklyn.
29. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-31, LW 28):
If not for the Knicks, there would have been more attention paid to the T-wolves’ 15-game losing streak.
30. New York Knicks (5-35, LW 29):
The Knicks have lost 15 in a row and there’s no reason for optimism.