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The Bee’s Jason Jones ranks the NBA

The Warriors’ Stephen Curry waits on the sideline to enter during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Oakland. The Warriors won their first four games of the season by an average of 25 points.
The Warriors’ Stephen Curry waits on the sideline to enter during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Oakland. The Warriors won their first four games of the season by an average of 25 points. The Associated Press

Teams listed with records through Friday and last week’s ranking

1. Warriors – 6-0 (last week 1)

  • Comment: The Warriors seem determined to establish a record-breaking season led by Stephen Curry.

2. Cavaliers – 5-1 (LW 2)

  • Comment: Kevin Love is looking more comfortable this season.

3. Clippers – 4-1 (LW 3)

  • Comment: Blake Griffin is hot, but the Clippers still can’t figure out Golden State.

4. Hawks – 6-1 (LW 7)

  • Comment: Is being dismissive of the Hawks still the thing to do?

5. Raptors – 5-1 (LW 12)

  • Comment: DeMar DeRozan is off to an All-Star level start for the Raptors

6. Pistons – 4-1 (LW 25)

  • Comment: Andre Drummond is dominating the glass in a way that evokes memories of Dennis Rodman.

7. Spurs – 3-2 (LW 4)

  • Comment: Kawhi Leonard is the only Spur averaging more than 14.8 points.

8. Trail Blazers – 4-2 (LW 26)

  • Comment: C.J. McCollum is finally getting to show off the shooting touch that made him a star in college.

9. Bulls – 4-2 (LW 9)

  • Comment: Chicago isn’t playing defense the way we’ve been accustomed to seeing.

10. Wizards – 3-2 (LW 11)

  • Comment: Bradley Beal wants to show he should be mentioned among the league’s elite shooting guards

11. Jazz – 3-2 (LW 21)

  • Comment: Alec Burks is healthy, boosting Utah’s core of young guards.

12. Rockets – 3-3 (LW 6)

  • Comment: Injuries are already a big factor, but Houston still has James Harden.

13. Thunder – 3-3 (LW 5)

  • Comment: Russell Westbrook has not tailed off from his MVP-caliber play last season.

14. Pacers – 3-3 (LW 14)

  • Comment: Monta Ellis hasn’t provided the anticipated big scoring lift as he adjusts to his new team.

15. Bucks – 3-3 (LW 15)

  • Comment: Jabari Parker is back from his ACL injury and could prove to be a key part of this improving team.

16. Grizzlies – 3-3 (LW 8)

  • Comment: Memphis has shown it can win big or get blown out in spectacular fashion.

17. Mavericks – 2-3 (LW 13)

  • Comment: Dallas is still counting on Dirk Nowitzki, who is the team’s leading scorer.

18. Heat – 3-3 (LW 17)

  • Comment: Hassan Whiteside maintains his popularity among Miami fans with his rebounding and blocks.

19. Suns – 3-3 (LW 18)

  • Comment: Ronnie Price is a solid pickup as the Suns’ third point guard behind Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe.

20. Celtics – 2-3 (LW 19)

  • Comment: Isaiah Thomas leads Boston in scoring and assists.

21. Hornets – 2-3 (LW 27)

  • Comment: Jeremy Lamb made enough of an impression to earn a contract extension with his new team.

22. Timberwolves – 2-2 (LW 29)

  • Comment: Ricky Rubio has plenty of athletic options to receive his passes on fast breaks.

23. Magic – 2-4 (LW 28)

  • Comment: Orlando has shown flashes of possibly being a surprise playoff team in the East.

24. Knicks – 2-4 (LW 22)

  • Comment: Rookie Kristaps Porzingis has been better than critics expected when he was drafted.

25. Nuggets – 2-4 (LW 24)

  • Comment: It will take some time for Denver to defend the way coach Michael Malone wants.

26. Kings – 1-5 (LW 16)

  • Comment: Defense has been horrible and injuries are piling up.

27. Lakers – 1-4 (LW 20)

  • Comment: Jordan Clarkson might be Los Angeles’ best guard.

28. Pelicans – 0-5 (LW 10)

  • Comment: Perhaps no team has been set back more by injuries than New Orleans.

29. Nets – 0-6 (LW 23)

  • Comment: Brooklyn starts slowly for the second straight season.

30. 76ers – 0-5 (LW 30)

  • Comment: It’s business as usual in Philadelphia, though Jahlil Okafor is a bright spot.

Jason Jones

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