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Ranking the NBA: Philadelphia 76ers climbing out of cellar

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr talk strategy during an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 in Oakland. The Warriors retain their No. 1 spot in The Bee’s NBA rankings.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr talk strategy during an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 in Oakland. The Warriors retain their No. 1 spot in The Bee’s NBA rankings. The Associated Press

With records through Friday

1. Warriors (34-6, last week 1)

Golden State could have four All-Stars for the second straight season.

2. Spurs (31-8, LW 2)

Pau Gasol is on pace to shoot about 50 percent for the first time since 2011-12.

3. Rockets (31-11, LW 3)

Houston can’t be ruled out from finishing as high as second in the conference.

4. Cavaliers (29-10, LW 4)

As Cleveland has time to work with Kyle Korver, its offense will become more explosive.

5. Clippers (27-14, LW 6)

After a slump, the Clippers have won five in a row.

6. Raptors (26-13, LW 5)

Kyle Lowry’s 22.4 points per game are on pace for a career-high.

7. Celtics (25-15, LW 7)

Isaiah Thomas is one of the best fourth-quarter players in the NBA.

8. Jazz (25-16, LW 8)

Gordon Hayward is emerging as a premier wing scorer.

9. Grizzlies (25-17, LW 9)

Mike Conley has increased his scoring to a career-best 18.7 points per game.

10. Thunder (24-17, LW 10)

Steven Adams is having his best season, averaging 12.2 points and 7.6 rebounds.

11. Hawks (22-17, LW 11)

It appears Atlanta is content to not make any more trades after dealing Korver.

12. Bucks (20-18, LW 13)

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks.

13. Pacers (20-19, LW 14)

Indiana is slowly rounding into form.

14. Wizards (19-19, LW 16)

Washington’s starting lineup is good enough to carry the team to the playoffs.

15. Hornets (20-20, LW 12)

Charlotte has dropped four in a row.

16. Bulls (19-21, LW 15)

The players on Chicago’s roster haven’t quite fit well together.

17. Trail Blazers (18-24, LW 21)

Portland’s defense has started to improve over the past month.

18. Knicks (18-22, LW 17)

New York has dropped eight of its last 10.

19. Pistons (18-24, LW 18)

Three straight losses since a double-overtime win at Portland.

20. Magic (17-24, LW 19)

Improving forward Aaron Gordon is averaging 15.1 points in January.

21. Pelicans (16-24, LW 23)

New Orleans is much better after an injury-plagued start to the season.

22. Kings (16-23, LW 20)

The Kings’ habit of slow starts has cost them a number of games.

23. Nuggets (15-23, LW 22)

A young team that might need another season to find its stride.

24. Timberwolves (14-26, LW 28)

Karl-Anthony Towns has been a standout and Minnesota has won three straight.

25. Lakers (15-28, LW 24)

There are plenty of rumors over whether the Lakers could trade some of their young talent for a star.

26. 76ers (12-25, LW 29)

“The Process” has yielded three straight wins.

27. Mavericks (12-27, LW 26)

Dallas is in the unfamiliar position of rebuilding.

28. Suns (12-27, LW 25)

Hard to believe that this was a team with playoff hopes a couple years ago.

29. Heat (11-30, LW 27)

Miami has fallen on hard times due to injuries and has dropped four in a row.

30. Nets (8-31, LW 30)

Brooklyn has the league’s longest active losing streak at nine games.

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