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The Bee’s Jason Jones: Ranking the League

By Jason Jones | jejones@sacbee.com


▪ 1 . Golden State Warriors (4-0, last week 3):

Is there a better backcourt in the NBA than Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson?


▪ 2. Houston Rockets (6-0, LW 4):

James Harden might emerge as a legit MVP candidate.


▪ 3. Memphis Grizzlies (6-0, LW 5):

One team that’s not looking to play small ball and it’s working.


▪ 4 . Toronto Raptors (5-1, LW 10):

Off to the best start in franchise history.


▪ 5 . Chicago Bulls (5-1, LW 8):

The Windy City is quickly learning to love Pau Gasol.


▪ 6 . Kings (5-1, LW 22):

There should be no keeping DeMarcus Cousins out of the All-Star Game this season.


▪ 7 . Portland Trail Blazers (3-2, LW 6):

Blazers rolled Cleveland at Moda Center with one of the best homecourt crowds going crazy.


▪ 8 . Dallas Mavericks (4-2, LW 9):

Mavs have had issues in the third quarter in their losses.


▪ 9. Washington Wizards: (4-2, LW 13):

Bad starts have been a problem in recent seasons, but Wizards aren’t slumping early.


▪ 10 . Miami Heat (3-2, LW 12):

The Heat could still win the Southeast Division if Dwyane Wade stays healthy.


▪ 11. San Antonio Spurs (2-2, LW 1):

Still not at full strength, coach Gregg Popovich is already resting his veterans.


▪ 1 2. Los Angeles Clippers (3-2, LW 2):

Chris Paul is trying to will the Clippers out of their malaise.


▪ 13. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3, LW 7):

How do you fix the passing problem? Remind everyone LeBron is the real point guard.


▪ 14. Phoenix Suns (3-3, LW 11):

Goran Dragic is off to a slow start but made his first three-pointer of the season Friday.


▪ 15. Brooklyn Nets (3-2, LW 16):

Brook Lopez will be the difference if the Nets want to challenge Toronto in the Atlantic.


▪ 16 . Charlotte Hornets (3-3, LW 14):

Al Jefferson will be one of the best centers in the East.


▪ 17. New Orleans Pelicans (2-2, LW 15):

If Eric Gordon recaptures the promise he showed with the Clippers, watch out for New Orleans.


▪ 18 . Minnesota Timberwolves (2-3, LW 23):

Ricky Rubio will miss a lot of time with an ankle injury.


▪ 19 . Boston Celtics (2-3, LW 24):

Rookie Marcus Smart (ankle) is out 2-3 weeks.


▪ 20. New York Knicks (2-4, LW 20):

Knicks are going through the ups-and-downs of learning the triangle offense.


▪ 21. Orlando Magic (2-4, LW 26):

Rookie Aaron Gordon has fans in Orlando excited.


▪ 22 . Utah Jazz (2-4, LW 29):

Gordon Hayward looked like a max player with his game winner to beat Cleveland.


▪ 23 . Detroit Pistons (2-3, LW 28):

Josh Smith did not like Kenneth Faried saying his jump shooting hurts Detroit.


▪ 24 . Milwaukee Bucks (2-4, LW 27):

Brandon Knight should learn a lot about being a point guard playing for Jason Kidd.


▪ 25. Atlanta Hawks (1-3, LW 17):

Leading the league in assists hasn’t translated into wins yet.


▪ 26 . Oklahoma City Thunder (1-5, LW 18):

Reggie Jackson took heat from teammates for not passing enough last week.


▪ 27 . Indiana Pacers (1-5, LW 19):

Chris Copeland is making the most of his chance to play with all the injuries.


▪ 28. Denver Nuggets (1-4, LW 21):

Last season’s struggles have spilled over into this one.


▪ 29 . Los Angeles Lakers (0-5, LW 25):

Kobe Bryant leads the NBA in scoring, but there’s not much else to talk about.


▪ 30. Philadelphia 76ers (0-6, LW 30):

When Michael Carter-Williams is healthy, the Sixers will be more competitive.

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