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Jason Jones ranks the NBA’s 30 teams

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, right, argues a call during an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Oakland. It was Kerr’s first game following complications from back surgery.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, right, argues a call during an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Oakland. It was Kerr’s first game following complications from back surgery. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 40-4 (last week 1)

Steve Kerr returns to the sideline after interim coach Luke Walton led the Warriors to their first 39 wins.

2. Spurs – 38-6 (LW 2)

Kawhi Leonard has been an NBA Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Now he’s finally an All-Star.

3. Thunder – 33-12 (LW 4)

Oklahoma City is a legitimate threat to Golden State and San Antonio.

4. Cavaliers – 30-11 (LW 3)

Tyronn Lue can only top David Blatt’s 1 1/2 seasons as coach by leading the Cavs to the NBA title.

5. Raptors – 28-15 (LW 6)

DeMar DeRozan will be a coveted free agent.

6. Clippers – 28-15 (LW 5)

Lance Stephenson isn’t the impact player the Clippers had hoped, but the team is playing well as he watches.

7. Hawks – 26-18 (LW 8)

Dennis Schroder is averaging career highs in points (10.6) and assists (4.7).

8. Bulls – 24-18 (LW 7)

Chicago needs Derrick Rose at his best to seriously threaten Cleveland in the playoffs.

9. Grizzlies – 25-19 (LW 11)

Winner of nine of 12, Memphis could be finding its stride.

10. Mavericks – 25-20 (LW 9)

A crisis among fans was averted when Zaza Pachulia was not elected as an All-Star Game starter.

11. Pistons – 23-20 (LW 13)

The best way to hinder Andre Drummond is to put him on the free-throw line.

12. Pacers – 23-20 (LW 12)

Indiana hasn’t been at full strength lately and isn’t as deep as in the past.

13. Celtics – 23-21 (LW 14)

Isaiah Thomas is garnering a lot of support to be named as an All-Star reserve.

14. Rockets – 23-22 (LW 16)

Houston welcomed Josh Smith back in a trade with the Clippers.

15. Heat – 23-21 (LW 10)

Injuries have contributed to recent struggles – a four-game losing streak, 2-8 in last 10 games.

16. Knicks – 22-23 (LW 18)

No one is joking about Phil Jackson drafting Kristaps Porzingis anymore.

17. Wizards – 20-21 (LW 17)

If the Wizards find their defensive focus, they can still make the playoffs.

18. Kings – 19-23 (LW 20)

Sacramento is playing its best of the season behind DeMarcus Cousins’ strong play.

19. Magic – 20-22 (LW 15)

Struggles continue after a surprisingly good start – five consecutive losses and 1-9 in its last 10.

20. Trail Blazers – 19-26 (LW 19)

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum comprise one of the league’s highest-scoring backcourts.

21. Hornets – 20-23 (LW 22)

Kemba Walker might be playing his way into his first All-Star Game selection.

22. Jazz – 19-24 (LW 21)

It’s amazing Utah continues to find ways to remain competitive amid its injuries.

23. Bucks – 19-26 (LW 23)

Coach Jason Kidd will return to the sideline Tuesday vs. Orlando after recovering from hip surgery.

24. Pelicans – 15-27 (LW 25)

Losing Eric Gordon to a finger injury is the latest bad news.

25. Nuggets – 16-27 (LW 24)

In a down year in the lower half of the West, Denver remains in postseason contention.

26. Timberwolves – 13-31 (LW 27)

Kevin Martin, a veteran on a team with plenty of young players at his position, will be in many trade rumors.

27. Suns – 13-31 (LW 26)

Latest losing streak stands at six games.

28. Nets – 11-33 (LW 28)

Whom Brooklyn will lure to run the front office and coach next season is more intriguing than on-court product.

29. Lakers – 9-36 (LW 29)

Kobe Bryant’s last season is on pace to be the worst in team history.

30. 76ers – 6-38 (LW 30)

Philadelphia’s win over Orlando was its first over an Eastern Conference team this season.

JASON JONES

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