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Jason Jones ranks the NBA’s 30 teams

With records through Friday

1. Cavaliers – (5-0)

Year Three of Cleveland’s Big Three is off to a fine start.

2. Spurs – (5-1)

If Kawhi Leonard wasn’t considered an MVP candidate, he certainly is now.

3. Warriors – (4-2)

The NBA’s new super team certainly is not on last season’s record pace.

4. Clippers – (4-1)

Developing a solid bench will be a season-long priority.

5. Raptors – (4-1)

DeMar DeRozan has topped 30 points in each of Toronto’s games this season.

6. Hornets – (4-1)

Stingy defense will always be a trademark of Steve Clifford-coached teams in Charlotte.

7. Thunder – (4-1)

Can Russell Westbrook realistically play at this level all season?

8. Celtics – (3-2)

Marcus Smart could become a Sixth Man of the Year candidate if healthy.

9. Pistons – (3-2)

Ish Smith is helping keep things in order with Reggie Jackson out with a knee injury.

10. Trail Blazers – (3-3)

Good luck keeping Damian Lillard off the All-Star team this season.

11. Hawks – (3-2)

Atlanta is counting on another All-Star season from Paul Millsap.

12. Bulls – (3-2)

Jimmy Butler has two players with championships (Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo) to learn from.

13. Rockets – (3-2)

James Harden’s statistics are eye-catching, but will this team defend?

14. Jazz – (3-3)

Joe Johnson will prove to be one of the better offseason pickups.

15. Grizzlies – (3-3)

Zach Randolph is being used off the bench but still is leading Memphis in rebounding.

16. Bucks – (3-2)

Giannis Antetokounmpo is living up to the hype that comes with his big contract extension.

17. Lakers – (3-3)

Young players are playing freely without having to defer to Kobe Bryant.

18. Nuggets – (2-2)

Nikola Jokic is a promising big man Denver is counting on.

19. Pacers – (2-3)

New point guard Jeff Teague could pay dividends with a postseason berth.

20. Knicks – (2-3)

Kristaps Porzingis’ development must remain a priority, even with Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony taking shots.

21. Heat – (2-3)

Dion Waiters now mans the starting spot so long held by Wade.

22. Magic – (2-3)

Aaron Gordon has the potential to become one of the league’s premier defenders.

23. Kings – (2-4)

Darren Collison’s return from suspension could help steady the Kings.

24. Suns – (2-4)

Forward T.J. Warren looks like he’s on his way to a breakout season.

25. Nets – (2-4)

Backcourt injuries have already been a problem for Brooklyn.

26. Timberwolves – (1-3)

Young team still needs to learn how to close out games before it becomes a playoff squad.

27. Wizards – (1-3)

John Wall is sitting out back-to-backs as he recovers from offseason knee surgeries.

28. Mavericks – (0-5)

Can Rick Carlisle’s coaching dig Dallas out of this hole?

29. 76ers – (0-4)

Joel Embiid has shown signs he will be a good player.

30. Pelicans – (0-6)

Anthony Davis cannot carry this injury-ravaged lineup at this point.

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