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The Bee’s Jason Jones ranks the NBA

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry chases the ball after knocking it loose from Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee in the second half Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry chases the ball after knocking it loose from Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee in the second half Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. The Associated Press

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

1. Warriors – 10-0 (last week 1)

The Warriors aren’t just winning, they’re dominating by an average of 17.1 points per game.

2. Cavaliers – 8-1 (LW 2)

Mo Williams was an important offseason addition, given Kyrie Irving’s injury situation.

3. Hawks – 8-3 (LW 4)

Atlanta’s passing (26.7 assists per game) is a big part of its success.

4. Raptors – 7-3 (LW 5)

Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 10.3 rebounds, more than two above his career average.

5. Spurs – 6-2 (LW 7)

LaMarcus Aldridge’s scoring average is down, but he’s trading that for a chance to win a championship.

6. Thunder – 6-3 (LW 13)

Russell Westbrook will carry the Thunder while Kevin Durant rests his injured hamstring.

7. Bulls – 6-3 (LW 9)

Doug McDermott is shooting 57.1 percent from three-point range.

8. Pistons – 5-3 (LW 6)

Stanley Johnson is an intriguing rookie to watch as he develops for Detroit.

9. Pacers – 6-4 (LW 14)

Paul George is back to playing at an elite level and the Pacers have won six of seven.

10. Heat – 6-3 (LW 18)

Off-court issues have not kept Miami from winning its last three games.

11. Mavericks – 5-4 (LW 17)

Chandler Parsons is easing his way back from offseason knee surgery by taking games off when needed.

12. Clippers – 5-4 (LW 3)

Injuries and defensive struggles have played a part in the Clippers’ recent struggles.

13. Suns – 4-4 (LW 19)

The Eric Bledsoe-Brandon Knight backcourt will only get better and terrorize opponents.

14. Celtics – 4-4 (LW 20)

Isaiah Thomas has been the driving force, just as he was during last season’s run to make the playoffs.

15. Magic – 5-5 (LW 23)

Will have to maintain while Victor Oladipo recovers from a concussion.

16. Nuggets – 5-4 (LW 25)

Three-game winning streak for a team looking to surprise skeptics this season.

17. Wizards – 3-4 (LW 10)

A team talented enough to contend in the East but cannot afford a slow start.

18. Jazz – 4-5 (LW 11)

Rudy Gobert missing time with an ankle injury leaves Utah vulnerable defensively.

19. Rockets – 4-5 (LW 12)

Wildly inconsistent — won at the Clippers and then lost to Brooklyn at home.

20. Bucks – 4-5 (LW 15)

Once the new pieces mesh, Milwaukee should be just fine and move up in the standings.

21. Hornets – 4-5 (LW 21)

Nicolas Batum (16 ppg) has provided the scoring on the wing that Charlotte has lacked for years.

22. Timberwolves – 4-5 (LW 22)

On a team of youngsters, Kevin Martin is the old guy still making a contribution.

23. Grizzlies – 4-6 (LW 16)

Offense is still a struggle, but the defense has fallen off, too.

24. Knicks – 4-6 (LW 24)

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

25. Trail Blazers – 4-6 (LW 8)

Four straight losses after a surprisingly good start to the season.

26. Kings – 3-7 (LW 26)

Rajon Rondo has a triple double in three of his last four games; Kings are 2-2 in those games

27. Lakers – 1-8 (LW 27)

Metta World Peace has played a bigger role lately.

28. Pelicans – 1-8 (LW 28)

Anthony Davis’ hip injury is the latest in a season that has been wrecked by injuries.

29. Nets – 1-8 (LW 29)

Brooklyn still has too much talent to be this bad.

30. 76ers – 0-9 (LW 30)

This losing is all part of the bigger plan, right?

Jason Jones

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