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Ranking the NBA

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 24-0 (last week 1)

Draymond Green’s all-around play is All-Star-worthy.

2. Spurs – 19-5 (LW 2)

San Antonio is playing some of the best defense in the NBA.

3. Cavaliers – 15-7 (LW 5)

Cleveland is starting to get healthy with Iman Shumpert back.

4. Thunder – 15-8 (LW 7)

Is Russell Westbrook the second-best point guard in the NBA?

5. Raptors – 15-9 (LW 8)

Toronto is starting to play like one of the top teams in the East.

6. Pacers – 13-8 (LW 3)

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

7. Hornets – 14-8 (LW 13)

Charlotte has won eight of its last 10 games.

8. Bulls – 12-8 (LW 4)

How coach Fred Hoiberg gets the most out of Joakim Noah as a reserve is something to watch.

9. Hawks – 14-10 (LW 9)

Is a big winning streak similar to last season’s coming for Atlanta?

10. Celtics – 13-10 (LW 10)

Brad Stevens is doing one of the best coaching jobs in the league.

11. Heat – 12-9 (LW 6)

Hassan Whiteside leads the NBA in blocks per game.

12. Clippers – 13-10 (LW 16)

As the roster’s health improves, so should Los Angeles’ fortunes.

13. Mavericks – 13-10 (LW 12)

At 15.3 ppg, Deron Williams is on pace for his highest scoring average since 2012-13.

14. Grizzlies – 13-11 (LW 11)

Memphis is the only team with a winning record and a negative point differential (-5.3).

15. Pistons – 13-11 (LW 15)

Eventual returns of Brandon Jennings and Jodie Meeks could solidify Detroit as a playoff team.

16. Magic – 12-11 (LW 14)

Four players are averaging at least 14 points for Orlando.

17. Rockets – 11-12 (LW 17)

Houston appears to be figuring things out.

18. Jazz – 10-11 (LW 20)

Utah will continue to rely on its defense even without inside force Rudy Gobert (sprained MCL).

19. Wizards – 9-12 (LW 19)

Washington has plenty of talent but is struggling with consistency.

20. Trail Blazers – 10-14 (LW 23)

Mason Plumlee is on pace for career highs in points (9.3), rebounds (8.0) and minutes (26.9).

21. Timberwolves – 9-13 (LW 21)

Minnesota still finds home victories hard to come by.

22. Suns – 10-14 (LW 22)

Tyson Chandler’s hamstring injury has hindered Phoenix lately.

23. Kings – 9-15 (LW 25)

Still looking to play winning basketball for an extended stretch.

24. Pelicans – 6-16 (LW 24)

Kendrick Perkins’ return last week from a chest injury could help.

25. Nuggets – 9-14 (LW 26)

Danilo Gallinari (17.7 ppg) looks more like the player he was before injuries.

26. Knicks – 10-14 (LW 18)

New York’s offense has stagnated during a four-game losing streak.

27. Nets – 7-15 (LW 28)

Recent 5-5 stretch might indicate Brooklyn isn’t so bad.

28. Bucks – 9-15 (LW 27)

From last season’s surprise to a disappointment.

29. Lakers – 3-20 (LW 29)

D’Angelo Russell is starting to show why he was drafted second overall.

30. 76ers – 1-23 (LW 30)

Despite the record, coach Brett Brown received a contract extension.

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