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Jason Jones ranks NBA teams

By Jason Jones | jejones@sacbee.com

(Records through Friday’s games)


▪ 1
. Golden State Warriors (22-3, last week 1):

How long can this level of play last with Andrew Bogut out indefinitely?


▪ 2. Memphis Grizzlies (21-5, LW 2):

The bench unit that includes Vince Carter and Beno Udrih is solid.


▪ 3 . Portland Trail Blazers (21-6, LW 4):

Damian Lillard saves some of his play for clutch situations.


▪ 4. Houston Rockets (19-6, LW 3):

Dwight Howard’s return to the lineup helps out James Harden, who’s carried the Rockets.


▪ 5 . Dallas Mavericks (19-8, LW 5):

First major in-season upgrade is by Mavs, who traded for point guard Rajon Rondo.


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Washington Wizards: (19-6, LW 6):

Paul Pierce would like to see the Wizards improve their professionalism as the season progresses.


▪ 7 . Toronto Raptors (21-6, LW 8):

Five-game winning streak includes a game that celebrated the rapper Drake.


▪ 8. Atlanta Hawks (18-7, LW 10):

Hawks are surging, having won 9 of 10, and Jeff Teague has played at an elite level.


▪ 9 . Los Angeles Clippers (18-8, LW 7):

Is Chris Paul still the best point guard in the NBA? Some would argue he’s not.


▪ 10 . Chicago Bulls (17-9, LW 11):

Imagine how this team would function with a nice stretch of good health.


▪ 11. San Antonio Spurs (17-10, LW 9):

Three-game losing streak includes two consecutive triple-overtime losses.


▪ 12 . Oklahoma City Thunder (13-14, LW 15):

There might not be a better two-way point guard than Russell Westbrook.


▪ 13. Cleveland Cavaliers (15-10, LW 12):

Fatigue might have been a factor as the Cavs dropped their last two games.


▪ 14. New Orleans Pelicans (13-12, LW 14):

Anthony Davis remains a gem for fantasy basketball players.


▪ 15 . Milwaukee Bucks (14-13, LW 16):

Jason Kidd has done a great coaching job, but loss of Jabari Parker (knee) for the season hurts.


▪ 16. Phoenix Suns (13-14, LW 13):

Looking less like a team that can make the playoffs lately.


▪ 17. Denver Nuggets (11-15 LW 18):

No Mile High advantage at home? Nuggets are 7-6 at Pepsi Center.


▪ 18 . Kings (11-15, LW 17):

DeMarcus Cousins is back from illness so wins should follow soon.


▪ 19 . Miami Heat (12-15, LW 19):

Losing Chris Bosh to injury leaves a void the Heat isn’t prepared to fill.


▪ 20 . Boston Celtics (10-14, LW 22):

Having dealt the last piece of the 2008 championship team (Rondo), how competitive will Boston be?


▪ 21. Brooklyn Nets (10-15, LW 20):

Might a roster shakeup be what this team needs?


▪ 22. Orlando Magic (10-19, LW 21):

Magic has played a league-high 19 road games.


▪ 23 . Los Angeles Lakers (8-18, LW 23):

Being unable to pull off a deal for Rondo keeps Lakers looking toward the draft.


▪ 24 . Utah Jazz (8-19, LW 25):

Jazz has won consecutive games for the first time this season.


▪ 25 . Indiana Pacers (8-18, LW 26):

George Hill returned to practice last week and is a needed piece as Indiana deals with several injuries.


▪ 26 . Charlotte Hornets (7-19, LW 24):

The bad start to the season can’t all be Lance Stephenson’s fault, right?


▪ 27 . Detroit Pistons (5-22, LW 29):

A team that can be entertaining for all the wrong reasons this season.


▪ 28 . Minnesota Timberwolves (5-20 LW 27):

Dealing Corey Brewer is the latest sign this team is about playing its young talent.


▪ 29. New York Knicks (5-23, LW 28):

Phil Jackson defends his team on Twitter while the losses pile up.


▪ 30. Philadelphia 76ers (2-23, LW 30):

Sixers have the worst point differential (minus-12.7) in the NBA. Shocking, right?

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