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.
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.