By Jason Jones | email@example.com
1. Golden State Warriors (62-13, last week 1): Draymond Green is sitting out to get healthy, giving David Lee valuable minutes.
2. Atlanta Hawks (56-19, LW 2):
It still seems the Hawks are being disrespected, with many believing Cleveland is the favorite in the East.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers (49-27, LW 3):
LeBron James is arguably the league MVP, even though he probably won’t win his fifth such award.
4. Houston Rockets (52-24, LW 4):
Jason Terry is now a vital part of Houston’s playoff hopes with Patrick Beverley out for the season.
5. Los Angeles Clippers (50-26, LW 5):
If Jamal Crawford is healthy, the Clippers could make a deep postseason run.
6. San Antonio Spurs (50-26, LW 7):
Kawhi Leonard is proving to be the most important player in San Antonio’s success.
7. Memphis Grizzlies (52-24, LW 6):
Dropped three in a row before bouncing back, including a win over Oklahoma City.
8. Chicago Bulls (46-30, LW 9):
Pau Gasol has helped the Bulls remain competitive as the team tries to return to full strength.
9. Portland Trail Blazers (49-26, LW 8):
If C.J. McCollum can provide offense off the bench, it would help compensate for the loss of Wesley Matthews for the season.
10. Dallas Mavericks (46-30, LW 10):
After acquiring Rajon Rondo, the Mavs expected to play better than this.
11. Oklahoma City Thunder (42-34, LW 11):
The Thunder is clinging to the final playoff spot in the West.
12. New Orleans Pelicans (41-34, LW 14):
Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans could lead the Pelicans past OKC for eighth in the West.
13. Toronto Raptors (45-31, LW 13):
Beating good teams has been hard for the Raptors in the second half of the season.
14. Washington Wizards (43-33, LW 12):
John Wall had a career-high 18 assists Friday, but the Wizards have struggled to find consistency for nearly two months.
15. Milwaukee Bucks (38-38, LW 16):
After looking solid much of the season, the Bucks slid close to the bottom of the top eight in the East before recovering.
16. Phoenix Suns (38-38, LW 15):
The Suns are fading fast in the West as Brandon Knight remains sidelined with a sprained ankle.
17. Brooklyn Nets (35-40, LW 19):
Deron Williams has played more like a star during Brooklyn’s six-game winning streak.
18. Utah Jazz (34-41, LW 20):
Coach Quin Snyder is still getting the most out of a young team as the season winds down.
19. Miami Heat (34-41, LW 18):
Can the Heat lean on Dwyane Wade to reach the playoffs?
20. Boston Celtics (34-42, LW 17):
Improved health could boost Boston into the postseason.
21. Indiana Pacers (33-43, LW 21):
Paul George will return to the court Sunday after breaking his leg last August with Team USA.
22. Charlotte Hornets (32-43, LW 22):
They certainly expected more from their big free-agent pickup, Lance Stephenson.
23. Detroit Pistons (29-47, LW 23):
Slow start and Brandon Jennings’ injury have been too much to overcome this season.
24. Denver Nuggets (28-48, LW 24):
Even after three consecutive losses, the mood in Denver is better under interim coach Melvin Hunt.
25. Kings (26-49, LW 25):
Despite DeMarcus Cousins’ dominance, Sacramento has lost four in a row.
26. Orlando Magic (23-53, LW 26):
The backcourt of Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo could be formidable in the near future.
27. Los Angeles Lakers (20-55, LW 27):
Jordan Clarkson winning Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors shows all is not lost this season.
28. Philadelphia 76ers (18-58, LW 28):
Sixers have been competitive but still have dropped four in a row.
29. Minnesota Timberwolves (16-60, LW 29):
Ricky Rubio has been shut down for the rest of the season because of lingering ankle problems.
30. New York Knicks (14-62, LW 30):
Madison Square Garden has been a place for highlights, but primarily for the visiting team this season.