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The Bee’s Jason Jones ranks the NBA

Only the otherworldly play of the Golden State Warriors has kept Kawhi Leonard and his San Antonio teammates out of the No. 1 spot in The Bee’s NBA rankings. ... Leonard looks on during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in San Antonio.
Only the otherworldly play of the Golden State Warriors has kept Kawhi Leonard and his San Antonio teammates out of the No. 1 spot in The Bee’s NBA rankings. ... Leonard looks on during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in San Antonio. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 26-1 (last week 1)

Fortunately for the Warriors, they’re done playing Milwaukee this season.

2. Spurs – 23-5 (LW 2)

Only the Warriors’ excellence has kept San Antonio from receiving more praise

3. Cavaliers – 17-7 (LW 3)

Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert are back in the lineup.

4. Thunder – 17-9 (LW 4)

OKC must improve on the road after going 5-6 away from home.

5. Pacers – 16-9 (LW 6)

Paul George can expect another fine for his profane critique of officiating.

6. Raptors – 17-11 (LW 5)

January brings a seven-game homestand.

7. Bulls – 15-9 (LW 8)

Chicago will play better if Derrick Rose is fully recovered from his eye injury.

8. Hornets – 15-10 (LW 7)

Al Jefferson’s absence has not slowed Charlotte.

9. Hawks – 16-12 (LW 9)

Atlanta is finding it tougher this season in a more competitive Eastern Conference.

10. Heat – 15-10 (LW 11)

Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.5 points per game while his minutes have been scaled back.

11. Clippers – 16-11 (LW 12)

Looks as if the early-season doldrums are behind them.

12. Mavericks – 15-12 (LW 13)

Wesley Matthews is still looking to find his game after last season’s Achilles’ injury.

13. Pistons – 16-12 (LW 15)

Rookie Stanley Johnson could prove to be one of the steals of the 2015 draft.

14. Magic – 15-11 (LW 16)

Coach Scott Skiles might have Orlando playing its way into the postseason.

15. Celtics – 14-13 (LW 10)

Young team struggles to win close games.

16. Grizzlies – 14-14 (LW 14)

Lineup changes to boost offense leads to Zach Randolph’s benching.

17. Knicks – 13-14 (LW 26)

Showing life again with three consecutive wins.

18. Rockets – 13-14 (LW 17)

A report of an unhappy Dwight Howard the latest drama in a lackluster season.

19. Jazz – 11-14 (LW 18)

Alec Burks’ play off the bench is key.

20. Wizards – 10-14 (LW 19)

What changes will come if Washington can’t shake its season-long funk?

21. Suns – 12-16 (LW 22)

With improving health, Phoenix could surge.

22. Nuggets – 11-15 (LW 25)

Maximizing their talent to remain near the middle of the West.

23. Trail Blazers – 11-17 (LW 20)

Damian Lillard continues to put up big numbers with less talent around him.

24. Timberwolves – 10-16 (LW 21)

Andrew Wiggins has the makings of a future All-Star.

25. Kings – 10-16 (LW 23)

Lack of intensity to start games remains a major issue.

26. Bucks – 10-18 (LW 28)

If only Milwaukee brought the same intensity it shows when playing the Warriors every night.

27. Pelicans – 7-19 (LW 24)

Even with injuries, this is a disappointing start.

28. Nets – 7-19 (LW 27)

Latest losing streak is up to four games.

29. Lakers – 4-22 (LW 29)

Kobe Bryant’s dunk steals attention from losing ways.

30. 76ers – 1-27 (LW 30)

Off to worst start through 28 games in league history.

JASON JONES

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