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The Bee’s Jason Jones ranks the NBA

Draymond Green, a first-time All-Star this season, is a big reason the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 43-4. Green leads the NBA in triple doubles with eight and joins teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the Western Conference All-Star team.
Draymond Green, a first-time All-Star this season, is a big reason the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 43-4. Green leads the NBA in triple doubles with eight and joins teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the Western Conference All-Star team. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 42-4 (last week 1)

Golden State is sending three players to the All-Star Game, including first-timer Draymond Green.

2. Spurs – 39-7 (LW 2)

San Antonio, playing without Tim Duncan, was blown out by the Warriors.

3. Thunder – 36-13 (LW 3)

Serge Ibaka is averaging 6.8 rebounds, his lowest rate since his rookie season.

4. Raptors – 31-15 (LW 5)

All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan has Toronto on 10-game winning streak.

5. Cavaliers – 33-12 (LW 4)

They’re increasing the tempo to maximize opportunities for LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.

6. Clippers – 31-16 (LW 6)

The latest Blake Griffin injury puts more pressure on Chris Paul to carry the team.

7. Bulls – 26-19 (LW 8)

Injuries to Chicago’s big men have been piling up lately, making a trade of one of them unlikely.

8. Grizzlies – 27-20 (LW 9)

Memphis appears to have found its groove.

9. Celtics – 27-21 (LW 13)

Boston is surging behind first-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas.

10. Hawks – 27-21 (LW 7)

Atlanta had four All-Stars last season, but Paul Millsap is the only representative this season.

11. Mavericks – 27-22 (LW 10)

The West’s top squads want to avoid Dallas, with coach Rick Carlisle and its collection of vets, in the playoffs.

12. Heat – 26-21 (LW 15)

Dwyane Wade has been carrying Miami, which has won three in a row.

13. Pistons – 25-22 (LW 11)

Reggie Jackson is averaging a career-high 19.2 points.

14. Rockets – 25-24 (LW 14)

Houston is still looking to show it can compete with the league’s elite teams.

15. Pacers – 24-22 (LW 12)

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

16. Trail Blazers – 22-26 (LW 20)

Damian Lillard might be the league’s best player not on an All-Star team.

17. Knicks – 23-26 (LW 16)

Some recent losses came with Carmelo Anthony out with an injury.

18. Hornets – 22-25 (LW 21)

It’s been up to Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker to carry the offense amid Charlotte’s numerous injuries.

19. Jazz – 21-25 (LW 22)

Team defense is keeping Utah competitive most nights.

20. Wizards – 20-24 (LW 17)

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

21. Kings – 20-26 (LW 18)

Sacramento’s defense has slipped again, leading to three consecutive losses.

22. Bucks – 20-29 (LW 23)

Greg Monroe is averaging a career-high 16.4 points.

23. Pelicans – 17-28 (LW 24)

New Orleans is still aiming for the postseason if it can get healthy.

24. Nuggets – 18-29 (LW 25)

Danilo Gallinari (19.4 points per game) carries Denver’s offense.

25. Magic – 20-25 (LW 19)

Orlando is on an eight-game losing streak.

26. Timberwolves – 14-34 (LW 26)

Ricky Rubio is shooting a career-low 34.0 percent.

27. Suns – 14-34 (LW 27)

Rookie Devin Booker is averaging 17.5 points in his last 10 games.

28. Nets – 12-35 (LW 28)

Brooklyn reportedly would like to hire a new general manager before the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

29. 76ers – 7-40 (LW 30)

Worst record in the league, but not playing the worst basketball lately.

30. Lakers – 9-40 (LW 29)

On a season-worst nine-game losing streak and wondering how Julius Randle wasn’t named to the Rising Stars game.

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