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Jason Jones: Ranking the NBA


▪ 1. Houston Rockets (8-1 through Friday, last week 2):

James Harden’s shooting percentage might be the only issue right now.


▪ 2. Memphis Grizzlies (8-1, LW 3):

Proof that sometimes all you need is heart and hustle.


▪ 3 . Golden State Warriors (6-2, LW 1):

Until David Lee is healthy, the Warriors will lack a consistent scorer in the paint.


▪ 4 . Toronto Raptors (7-2, LW 4):

Six players average in double figures, led by DeMar DeRozan at 20.6 points per game.


▪ 5 . Chicago Bulls (7-2, LW 5):

Whether with his words or injuries, Derrick Rose dominates headlines.


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

The defense has been good so far.


▪ 7 . Dallas Mavericks (6-3, LW 8):

Chandler Parsons broke out of his slump to lead a comeback against the Kings.


▪ 8. Washington Wizards: (6-2, LW 9):

Bradley Beal reportedly will return from his broken wrist this week.


▪ 9. San Antonio Spurs (5-3, LW 11):

They reminded the Clippers and Warriors they are still the champions.


▪ 10. New Orleans Pelicans (5-3, LW 17):

They’re one of the most fun teams to watch.


▪ 1 1. Los Angeles Clippers (4-3, LW 12):

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


▪ 12. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3, LW 13):

As the wins pile up, suddenly there will be reports of team harmony.


▪ 13. Atlanta Hawks (5-3, LW 25):

Despite sparse crowds, Hawks are on a four-game winning streak.


▪ 14 . Miami Heat (5-4, LW 10):

Norris Cole is starting at point guard, but Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier play, too.


▪ 15 . Kings (5-4, LW 6):

Three consecutive losses came in humbling fashion to finish their trip.


▪ 16. Phoenix Suns (5-4, LW 14):

Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas give Suns a potent backcourt off the bench.


▪ 17. Brooklyn Nets (4-4, LW 15):

Kevin Garnett isn’t retiring yet, but he’s talking about owning his old team in Minnesota.


▪ 18 . Charlotte Hornets (4-5, LW 16):

The offense still needs improvement.


▪ 19 . Milwaukee Bucks (4-5, LW 24):

The Bucks are off to a solid start considering they had the worst record in the NBA last season.


▪ 20. Orlando Magic (4-6, LW 21):

When Victor Oladipo is healthy, the Magic could be a spoiler.


▪ 21 . Utah Jazz (4-6, LW 22):

Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke are showing they can make clutch shots to win games.


▪ 22 . Boston Celtics (3-5, LW 19):

Rajon Rondo appears healthy, but could that get him traded?


▪ 23 . Detroit Pistons (3-6, LW 23):

Brandon Jennings might find his game again playing for Stan Van Gundy.


▪ 24 . Indiana Pacers (3-7, LW 27):

Frank Vogel coaches this team as if it’s healthy, and it shows in its effort.


▪ 25 . Oklahoma City Thunder (3-7, LW 26):

Like Vogel, Scott Brooks is getting the most out of an injury-depleted team.


▪ 26. Minnesota Timberwolves (2-6, LW 18):

They have a four-game losing streak coinciding with Ricky Rubio’s ankle injury.


▪ 27. Denver Nuggets (2-6, LW 28):

They picked up a much-needed win after some dreadful outings.


▪ 28. New York Knicks (2-8, LW 20):

Their seven-game losing streak has to be about more than just learning the triangle offense.


▪ 29 . Los Angeles Lakers (1-8, LW 29):

Kobe Bryant is still taking a lot of shots.


▪ 30. Philadelphia 76ers (0-9, LW 30):

Last week’s 53-point loss probably won’t be the last time the 76ers are humiliated.

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