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Jason Jones: Ranking the NBA teams

1. Memphis Grizzlies (14-2, last week 1): If the Grizzlies keep this up, Marc Gasol will be an MVP candidate.

2. Golden State Warriors (13-2, LW 2): Roster has great depth, as Warriors keep rolling with David Lee still injured.

3. Toronto Raptors (13-3, LW 3): The offense and defense have been at a high level to start the season.

4. Portland Trail Blazers (12-4, LW 4): Had won nine straight until running into the Grizzlies.

5. Dallas Mavericks (12-5, LW 5): The league’s highest-scoring team (109.1 ppg) is led by Monta Ellis (19.7 ppg).

6. San Antonio Spurs (11-4, LW 8): Tony Parker’s hot play has led a six-game winning streak.

7. Los Angeles Clippers (10-5, LW 10): Blake Griffin has to find his MVP-level form to keep the Clippers on the right path.

8. Houston Rockets (12-4, LW 6): Coach Kevin McHale is holding things together amid multiple injuries.

9. Washington Wizards: (9-5, LW 7): John Wall is among the best in setting up teammates (9.2 apg) and disrupting teams (2.3 spg).

10. Chicago Bulls (10-6, LW 9): The real-life soap opera that is “Is Derrick Rose OK?” plays out daily.

11. Phoenix Suns (10-7, LW 11): Balanced offense is led by Isaiah Thomas, who is averaging 15.5 points off the bench.

12. Milwaukee Bucks (10-7, LW 15): The Bucks won 15 games all of last season.

13. Kings (9-7, LW 13): They could go on a nice run with a December schedule heavy on home games.

14. Atlanta Hawks (8-6, LW 14): Jeff Teague didn’t make the All-Star team last season, but that could change this season.

15. Miami Heat (8-7, LW 16): It’s hard to gauge this team with Dwyane Wade in and out of the lineup.

16. Denver Nuggets (8-8 LW 22): Brian Shaw’s message is getting across now after an ugly start to the season.

17. Cleveland Cavaliers (7-7, LW 17): If LeBron James is aggressive, the Cavaliers will win games. It’s simple.

18. New Orleans Pelicans (7-7, LW 12): Losing Eric Gordon was a big blow as he was starting to regain his elite form.

19. Indiana Pacers (7-9, LW 20): This hasn’t been the disaster many expected with all the injuries.

20. Brooklyn Nets (6-8, LW 18): At some point, the big payroll has to show more than it has so far this season.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-12, LW 26): Russell Westbrook is back. Kevin Durant could soon join him in time to fix the season.

22. Utah Jazz (5-11, LW 21): On a four-game losing streak after some good early wins.

23. Orlando Magic (6-12 LW 19): Victor Oladipo is working his way back into a rhythm with rookie Elfrid Payton.

24. Boston Celtics (4-9, LW 24): Jeff Green has been impressive, but have many noticed because he’s a Celtic?

25. Minnesota Timberwolves (4-10 LW 25): Thaddeus Young returned from bereavement leave to add a desperately needed veteran in the mix.

26. Charlotte Hornets (4-13, LW 23): Lance Stephenson’s antics aren’t going over well, and the team is underperforming.

27. New York Knicks (4-13, LW 28): The team is struggling already, and with Carmelo Anthony having back issues, it doesn’t have much of a chance to win.

28. Los Angeles Lakers (3-13, LW 27): Xavier Henry is the third Laker lost for the season because of injury.

29. Detroit Pistons (3-13, LW 29): Have to believe this group believed it could make the playoffs this season.

30. Philadelphia 76ers (0-15, LW 30): This is the blueprint on how to tank a season.

Follow The Bee’s Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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