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The Bee’s Jason Jones ranks the NBA’s 30 teams

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, right, celebrates with teammates Andre Iguodala, center, and Klay Thompson, left, during an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Oakland. The Warriors won 106-94 and are 14-0 this season.
Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, right, celebrates with teammates Andre Iguodala, center, and Klay Thompson, left, during an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Oakland. The Warriors won 106-94 and are 14-0 this season. The Associated Press

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

1. Warriors – 14-0 (last week 1)

Golden State remains on pace to be historically good.

2. Cavaliers – 9-3 (LW 2)

LeBron James called out his team’s complacency after a loss at Detroit.

3. Spurs – 9-3 (LW 5)

Even when San Antonio makes changes to the roster the results remain the same – a lot of wins.

4. Mavericks – 9-4 (LW 11)

Zaza Pachulia over DeAndre Jordan? The Mavs will take that right now.

5. Bulls – 8-4 (LW 7)

Jimmy Butler is the Bulls’ best player and he came up big late in a win at Phoenix on Wednesday.

6. Hawks – 9-5 (LW 3)

Look for Atlanta to find its stride once Jeff Teague is healthy.

7. Heat – 7-4 (LW 10)

Roster has a nice mix of veteran leadership to go with some promising young talent.

8. Pistons – 7-5 (LW 8)

Andre Drummond is still rebounding at an insane rate.

9. Pacers – 7-5 (LW 9)

Indiana is hanging tough while George Hill and Rodney Stuckey deal with injuries.

10. Suns – 7-5 (LW 13)

Poised to make the playoffs after being close the last two seasons.

11. Celtics – 7-5 (LW 14)

Former All-Star David Lee is finding it tough to get a lot of playing time on improving squad.

12. Raptors – 8-6 (LW 4)

The five-game Western trip has been tough.

13. Thunder – 7-6 (LW 6)

Thunder needs others besides Russell Westbrook to play better with Kevin Durant out.

14. Wizards – 5-4 (LW 17)

Giving up 106.4 points per game, Washington has to lower that to win consistently.

15. Hornets – 7-6 (LW 21)

Making strides to rebound after a very disappointing 2014-15 season.

16. Grizzlies – 7-6 (LW 23)

Memphis has won four in a row after a bad start.

17. Knicks – 7-6 (LW 24)

The team is better, but still not championship level, which is what New Yorkers want.

18. Clippers – 6-6 (LW 12)

Even with injuries, another collapse against the Warriors has to hurt.

19. Jazz – 6-6 (LW 18)

Derrick Favors, averaging 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds, is on track for the best season of his career.

20. Magic – 6-6 (LW 15)

Coach Scott Skiles will garner Coach of the Year consideration if the Magic continues to improve.

21. Nuggets – 6-7 (LW 16)

Michael Malone’s team is showing the grit that matches his personality.

22. Rockets – 5-8 (LW 19)

Uninspired play cost coach Kevin McHale his job.

23. Bucks – 5-7 (LW 20)

The return of O.J. Mayo (hamstring) after missing the first 11 games of the season should help get the team on track.

24. Trail Blazers – 5-9 (LW 25)

Struggling but still had enough to knock off the Clippers Friday night.

25. Timberwolves – 5-8 (LW 22)

Karl-Anthony Towns has been as good as many predicted before the NBA Draft.

26. Kings – 4-9 (LW 26)

Entered the weekend still seeking their first road win of the season.

27. Lakers – 2-10 (LW 27)

It’s puzzling to many when Byron Scott plays Kobe Bryant heavy minutes at his age.

28. Pelicans – 2-11 (LW 28)

Can this playoff team from last season get healthy and turn things around soon?

29. Nets – 2-11 (LW 29)

The team is bad and its first-round pick goes to Boston from the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade in 2013.

30. 76ers – 0-13 (LW 30)

On pace to be historically bad, again.

Jason Jones

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