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

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets center Joffrey Lauvergne, right, defends during the second half in Chicago, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. The Bulls won the game 99-90.
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets center Joffrey Lauvergne, right, defends during the second half in Chicago, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. The Bulls won the game 99-90. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 20-0 (last week 1)

The all-time record for consecutive wins is 33. Could Golden State break it?

2. Spurs – 16-4 (LW 2)

Kawhi Leonard’s play will have him in the mix for MVP.

3. Pacers – 12-6 (LW 4)

Frank Vogel is proving he’s one of the league’s best coaches.

4. Bulls – 11-5 (LW 7)

Derrick Rose remains confident through his recent slump.

5. Cavaliers – 13-6 (LW 3)

Cleveland is 5-5 after its hot start.

6. Heat – 11-6 (LW 6)

Dwyane Wade showed last week against OKC he can still play like a superstar.

7. Thunder – 11-8 (LW 5)

Enes Kanter is the Thunder’s leading rebounder while playing just 20.9 minutes per game off the bench.

8. Raptors – 12-8 (LW 8)

Cory Joseph has been a solid addition for Toronto.

9. Hawks – 13-9 (LW 9)

Paul Millsap is on pace to average career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

10. Celtics – 11-8 (LW 11)

Avery Bradley is averaging 20 points in his past 10 games.

11. Grizzlies – 11-9 (LW 13)

Memphis is showing improvement, but loss to Spurs is a reminder there is a lot of work to be done.

12. Mavericks – 11-9 (LW 10)

Rick Carlisle is not afraid to try unique lineups to win a game.

13. Hornets – 10-8 (LW 12)

Charlotte likes its core of athletic big men.

14. Magic – 11-8 (LW 16)

Orlando has won five in a row.

15. Pistons – 11-9 (LW 14)

Reggie Jackson has shown he can be an explosive scorer.

16. Clippers – 10-9 (LW 18)

With injuries mounting, Blake Griffin will have to be at his best to keep L.A. competitive.

17. Rockets – 9-11 (LW 22)

Houston appears to be figuring things out.

18. Knicks – 10-10 (LW 21)

New York won just 17 games last season.

19. Wizards – 8-9 (LW 19)

Lost to the Lakers and beat Cavs in the same week.

20. Jazz – 8-9 (LW 15)

Losing Rudy Gobert indefinitely will hamper Utah.

21. Timberwolves – 8-10 (LW 17)

Struggles at home continue for Minnesota.

22. Suns – 8-12 (LW 20)

Phoenix started well but has dropped eight of 10.

23. Trail Blazers – 8-12 (LW 26)

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

24. Pelicans – 5-15 (LW 27)

There are signs New Orleans can compete.

25. Kings – 7-13 (LW 23)

The perimeter defense has to improve if the Kings want to contend for a playoff spot.

26. Nuggets – 7-13 (LW 24)

Denver had lost eight in a row before a win in Toronto.

27. Bucks – 7-13 (LW 25)

Can’t seem to get right after last season’s turnaround.

28. Nets – 5-14 (LW 28)

The future could be good with more talent to go with Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez.

29. Lakers – 3-16 (LW 29)

Kobe Bryant’s last season could be worst in Lakers history.

30. 76ers – 1-19 (LW 30)

The Sixers are still on their way to perhaps the worst record in league history.

Jason Jones

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