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Jason Jones: Ranking the NBA


▪ 1. Memphis Grizzlies (11-2, last week 2):

Illness is about the only thing that can slow down the Grizzlies.


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. Golden State Warriors (9-2, LW 3):

Stephen Curry is making the case with his play he is the best point guard in the NBA.


▪ 3 . Toronto Raptors (10-2, LW 4):

Looking like the best team in the East to start the season.


▪ 4 . Portland Trail Blazers (9-3, LW 6):

Centers Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman combine to average 22.5 points.


▪ 5 . Dallas Mavericks (10-3, LW 7):

Dirk Nowitzki taking less money has allowed the Mavs to replenish their roster.


▪ 6. Houston Rockets (9-3, LW 1):

Dwight Howard’s health is all that has slowed the Rockets lately.


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Washington Wizards: (8-3, LW 8):

John Wall had his way in a win over Cleveland on Friday.


▪ 8. San Antonio Spurs (8-4, LW 9):

Kawhi Leonard could become a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.


▪ 9 . Chicago Bulls (8-5, LW 5):

Whether with his words or injuries, Derrick Rose dominates headlines.


▪ 1 0. Los Angeles Clippers (7-4, LW 11):

Still a ways to go before the Clippers look like a championship contender.


▪ 11. Phoenix Suns (8-5, LW 16):

Goran Dragic is finding his way after a slow start.


▪ 12. New Orleans Pelicans (6-5, LW 10):

Tyreke Evans is an X factor for the Pelicans because of his versatility.


▪ 13 . Kings (7-5, LW 15):

Darren Collison’s influence has been steadying on both ends.


▪ 14. Atlanta Hawks (6-5, LW 13):

In spite of sparse crowds, Hawks are on a four-game winning streak.


▪ 15 . Milwaukee Bucks (7-6, LW 19):

Still one of the league’s early surprises under Jason Kidd’s direction.


▪ 16 . Miami Heat (6-6, LW 14):

Dwyane Wade’s health will dictate if the Heat will challenge Washington in the Southeast Division.


▪ 17. Cleveland Cavaliers (5-6, LW 12):

Kevin Love is learning what Chris Bosh learned – it’s not easy going from the top option to No. 3.


▪ 18. Brooklyn Nets (5-7, LW 17):

Andrei Kirilenko is away for personal reasons.


▪ 19. Orlando Magic (6-8, LW 20):

Evan Fournier is making the most of his playing time (17.6 ppg) after being traded from Denver.


▪ 20 . Indiana Pacers (5-7, LW 24):

Donald Sloan is a former Kings summer league player who is starting amid Indiana’s injuries.


▪ 21 . Utah Jazz (5-8, LW 21):

Dante Exum is being brought along slowly behind Trey Burke and Alec Burks.


▪ 22. Denver Nuggets (5-7, LW 27):

Three-game winning streak is helping make up for bad start.


▪ 23 . Charlotte Hornets (4-9, LW 18):

Not the kind of start a playoff team from last season expected.


▪ 24 . Boston Celtics (4-7, LW 22):

Led by Rajon Rondo, the Celtics lead the NBA in assists per game.


▪ 25 . Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8, LW 26):

The injuries continue to pile up, forcing more responsibility on young players.


▪ 26. Oklahoma City Thunder (3-11, LW 25):

Good news! Injured stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are practicing again.


▪ 27 . Los Angeles Lakers (3-10, LW 29):

Two wins last week with Nick Young back from a hand injury.


▪ 28. New York Knicks (3-10, LW 28):

They’ve lost their last five road games.


▪ 29 . Detroit Pistons (3-10, LW 23):

Offense is a struggle for the slumping Pistons.


▪ 30. Philadelphia 76ers (0-12, LW 30):

The blowout losses continue to pile up.

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