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

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, talks with Tony Parker during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Denver. Strong defense has helped the Spurs rise to No. 2 in the power rankings according to The Bee’s Jason Jones.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, talks with Tony Parker during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Denver. Strong defense has helped the Spurs rise to No. 2 in the power rankings according to The Bee’s Jason Jones. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 17-0 (last week 1)

Stephen Curry demoralizes teams for three quarters and sits out the fourth quarter of blowouts.

2. Spurs – 13-3 (LW 3)

Defense has been excellent in a four-game winning streak.

3. Cavaliers – 12-4 (LW 2)

LeBron James seems to have little patience for excuses.

4. Pacers – 10-5 (LW 9)

Paul George is looking like an MVP candidate.

5. Thunder – 11-6 (LW 13)

Should consistently dominate with Kevin Durant healthy.

6. Heat – 10-5 (LW 7)

Defense is the unit’s personality with Hassan Whiteside anchoring the middle.

7. Bulls – 9-5 (LW 5)

How will this team look if Derrick Rose stays healthy playing with Jimmy Butler?

8. Raptors – 10-6 (LW 12)

Won three in a row to recover from a brutal road stretch.

9. Hawks – 11-7 (LW 6)

Do the Hawks have a long winning streak in them like they did last season?

10. Mavericks – 9-7 (LW 4)

From early-season surprise to a three-game losing streak, but Mavs are still better than expected.

11. Celtics – 9-7 (LW 11)

Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas have helped ease the loss of Marcus Smart to injury.

12. Hornets – 9-7 (LW 15)

Several new players are making key contributions.

13. Grizzlies – 9-8 (LW 16)

Acquiring Mario Chalmers has been a reason Memphis has recovered from a slow start.

14. Pistons – 8-8 (LW 8)

Andre Drummond leads team in rebounds, steals and blocks.

15. Jazz – 7-7 (LW 19)

Rodney Hood’s 3.1 assists per game leads Utah, which is without point guard Dante Exum (knee) for the season.

16. Magic – 8-8 (LW 20)

Evan Fournier deserves votes for Most Improved Player.

17. Timberwolves – 8-8 (LW 25)

Minnesota is 6-2 on the road this season, 2-6 at home.

18. Clippers – 8-8 (LW 18)

Team with championship hopes must find its way.

19. Wizards – 6-7 (LW 14)

Another underwhelming start for a talented team.

20. Suns – 7-9 (LW 10)

They can put up points but have dropped four in a row.

21. Knicks – 8-9 (LW 17)

All the hype has made Kristaps Porzingis a target of opponents who want to shut down the rookie.

22. Rockets – 6-10 (LW 22)

Title hopes are laughable until intensity improves.

23. Kings – 6-11 (LW 26)

Defense, DeMarcus Cousins’ injury, have been big issues.

24. Nuggets – 6-10 (LW 21)

Losers of five in a row after an unexpected strong start.

25. Bucks – 6-10 (LW 23)

Milwaukee is getting healthier, but the defense is still bad.

26. Trail Blazers – 6-10 (LW 24)

The Damian Lillard-C.J. McCollum backcourt is fun to watch.

27. Pelicans – 4-12 (LW 28)

Anthony Davis can’t stay healthy.

28. Nets – 3-12 (LW 29)

Former All-Star Joe Johnson is averaging just 10.8 points.

29. Lakers – 2-12 (LW 27)

Second-year guard Jordan Clarkson is improving.

30. 76ers – 0-17 (LW 30)

One more loss away from the worst start in NBA history, 27 consecutive losses dating back to last season.

Jason Jones

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