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Ranking the NBA (through Nov. 18)

With records through Friday.

1. Cavaliers (10-2, last week 1)

Monitoring LeBron James’ minutes and resting him is reminder Cleveland is thinking long term.

2. Warriors (10-2, LW 3)

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

3. Clippers (11-2, LW 2)

This season, the Clippers might have the bench depth needed for a deep playoff run.

4. Spurs (10-3, LW 4)

Pau Gasol is blending in just fine in San Antonio.

5. Hawks (9-3, LW 8)

Dennis Schroder is proving to be capable of leading a team with playoff aspirations.

6. Raptors (8-4, LW 5)

Toronto’s assists numbers usually aren’t great, but they still manage to average 108.3 points.

7. Hornets (8-3, LW 6)

With more wins, fans will appreciate the value of the versatile Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

8. Bulls (8-4, LW 12)

Dwyane Wade’s mentorship of Jimmy Butler could pay off for years to come.

9. Thunder (8-5, LW 7)

OKC will need another player alongside Russell Westbrook eventually.

10. Grizzlies (7-5, LW 14)

Mike Conley could finally make an All-Star team.

11. Rockets (7-5, LW 10)

Dwight Howard’s departure has cleared the way for Clint Capela to develop on the court.

12. Jazz (7-6, LW 11)

Rudy Gobert anchors a team allowing a league-low 93.2 points per game.

13. Lakers (7-6, LW 15)

Julius Randle is proving to be a playmaker.

14. Celtics (6-6, LW 13)

Al Horford’s absence due to a concussion has put the scoring load on Isaiah Thomas.

15. Trail Blazers (7-7, LW 9)

Portland is allowing 112.4 points per game, and that has to change.

16. Bucks (5-6, LW 16)

Last season’s big free agent (Greg Monroe) is a reserve.

17. Pistons (6-7, LW 17)

Tobias Harris (16.5 points) is the leading scorer while Reggie Jackson recovers from injury.

18. Pacers (6-7, LW 18)

Jeff Teague averages 18.5 points in wins, 11.9 points in losses.

19. Knicks (5-7, LW 20)

What would another season out of the playoffs say about Phil Jackson’s tenure running the team?

20. Magic (5-7, LW 25)

Evan Fournier (17.3 points per game) has made trading Victor Oladipo in the offseason easier.

21. Timberwolves (4-7, LW 26)

Next season still might be when Minnesota truly emerges as a playoff contender.

22. Nuggets (4-8, LW 19)

Losing guard Gary Harris to injury for at least a month is a major blow.

23. Suns (4-9, LW 23)

Part of Tyson Chandler’s job is to groom young center Alex Len.

24. Kings (4-9, LW 21)

Darren Collison and Ty Lawson playing together could jump-start a sluggish team.

25. Nets (4-8, LW 22)

Brook Lopez has made 20 3-pointers. He made three in his first eight seasons.

26. Heat (3-8, LW 24)

How long will it take Pat Riley to get Miami back to contender status?

27. Wizards (3-8, LW 27)

Coach Scott Brooks has a lot of work to fix what ails Washington.

28. Pelicans (3-10, LW 30)

Having Tyreke Evans healthy would help New Orleans climb from the bottom of the West.

29. Mavericks (2-9, LW 28)

Roster is depleted by injuries, and Dallas looks in rebuild mode.

30. 76ers (2-10, LW 29)

Trading one of their three young centers seems inevitable.