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Jason Jones ranks the NBA’s 30 teams

With records through Friday.

1. Cavaliers – (7-1, last week 1)

Even as he moves up the all-time scoring list, LeBron James’ greatest gift might be his passing ability.

2. Clippers – (8-1, LW 4)

So much for Chris Paul getting older and slowing down.

3. Warriors – (7-2, LW 3)

Draymond Green is making it his personal mission to make the Warriors’ defense elite.

4. Spurs – (6-3, LW 2)

San Antonio has three home losses after one all of last season.

5. Raptors – (6-2, LW 5)

DeMar DeRozan is still the NBA’s leading scorer.

6. Hornets – (6-2, LW 6)

It might finally be time to make room for Kemba Walker on the All-Star team.

7. Thunder – (6-3, LW 7)

Russell Westbrook has played like an MVP, which is what most expected.

8. Hawks – (6-2, LW 11)

Early on, Atlanta is just fine with Dwight Howard replacing Al Horford.

9. Trail Blazers – (6-4, LW 10)

How much more acclaim would C.J. McCollum receive if he didn’t share the backcourt with Damian Lillard?

10. Rockets – (5-3, LW 13)

Ryan Anderson was the perfect addition in free agency for Mike D’Antoni’s system.

11. Jazz – (6-4, LW 14)

Gordon Hayward’s return from injury instantly boosted the offense.

12. Bulls – (5-4, LW 12)

Averaging 106.2 points, maybe Fred Hoiberg’s offense is shaping up in Year 2.

13. Celtics – (4-4, LW 8)

The defense has to be a concern, giving up 109.5 points per game.

14. Grizzlies – (4-4, LW 15)

If Chandler Parsons gets going, that might spark Memphis’ struggling offense.

15. Lakers – (5-4, LW 17)

Who would have thought Nick Young would be a steadying presence?

16. Bucks – (4-4, LW 16)

Matthew Dellavedova is averaging 6.4 assists after joining the Bucks in the offseason.

17. Pistons – (4-5, LW 9)

Inconsistency could be an issue until Reggie Jackson returns from injury.

18. Pacers – (4-5, LW 19)

Certainly not the kind of start the team expected under Nate McMillan.

19. Nuggets – (3-5, LW 18)

Can Danilo Gallinari (16.4 points) fulfill the promise he showed before injuries derailed him?

20. Knicks – (3-5, LW 20)

Forget worrying about the triangle offense, the Knicks must find some defense.

21. Kings – (4-7, LW 23)

Sacramento is searching for consistent scoring beyond DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.

22. Nets – (3-5, LW 25)

Brook Lopez remains from Brooklyn’s failed attempt at a super team comprising aging Celtics players.

23. Suns – (3-6, LW 24)

Devin Booker’s shot gives him the potential to star.

24. Heat – (2-5, LW 21)

Hassan Whiteside is the NBA’s leading rebounder at 14.7 per game.

25. Magic – (3-6, LW 22)

Adding veteran help could make Orlando a threat to make the East playoffs.

26. Timberwolves – (2-5, LW 26)

Ricky Rubio’s return from an elbow injury could quiet chatter of Kris Dunn as Rookie of the Year.

27. Wizards – (2-6, LW 27)

Hard to believe this team reached the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2015.

28. Mavericks – (2-6, LW 28)

Early season injuries have made it tough to win.

29. 76ers – (1-7, LW 29)

Is it still about trusting the process in Philadelphia?

30. Pelicans – (1-8, LW 30)

Finally won a game, and Jrue Holiday’s eventual return will be greatly welcomed and needed.

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