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Jason Jones ranks the NBA’s 30 teams

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 48-5 (last week 1)

Warriors began a tough stretch by being routed at Portland.

2. Spurs – 46-9 (LW 2)

Thanks to its defense, San Antonio still leads the NBA in point differential (plus-12.5).

3. Thunder – 40-15 (LW 3)

OKC traded for veteran Randy Foye to solidify its backcourt.

4. Cavaliers – 39-14 (LW 4)

Power forward Channing Frye should help provide scoring off the bench for Cleveland.

5. Clippers – 36-18 (LW 6)

Jeff Green will be an upgrade at small forward .

6. Raptors – 35-18 (LW 5)

Many still don’t consider Toronto a serious threat to beat Cleveland in the playoffs.

7. Celtics – 32-24 (LW 7)

Boston did not give up any of its draft picks for a quick fix at the trade deadline.

8. Grizzlies – 32-22 (LW 8)

Can Lance Stephenson regain his form of two years ago?

9. Trail Blazers – 28-27 (LW 10)

With his career-high 51 points against the Warriors, Damian Lillard showed why he should have been an All-Star.

10. Heat – 30-24 (LW 12)

Miami kept its core together at the trade deadline and made moves to cut its luxury tax bill.

11. Hawks – 31-25 (LW 9)

Did this core of players peak last season?

12. Jazz – 27-27 (LW 11)

Utah must improve its 9-17 road record to reach the playoffs.

13. Pacers – 29-25 (LW 13)

They showed why they’re dangerous with their comeback win at OKC .

14. Hornets – 28-26 (LW 14)

Coach Steve Clifford is doing another fine job this season amid some major injuries.

15. Bulls – 28-26 (LW 15)

Until Jimmy Butler is healthy, this team is in danger of falling out of the top eight in the East.

16. Mavericks – 29-26 (LW 16)

The struggling Mavericks, losers of six of 10, managed just 13 points in the first quarter Friday against Orlando.

17. Rockets – 28-28 (LW 18)

After no trade, James Harden and Dwight Howard must work together.

18. Pistons – 27-28 (LW 17)

Detroit made moves it believes will turn the squad into a playoff team eventually.

19. Wizards – 25-28 (LW 20)

If Washington makes the playoffs, the Wizards tough to beat with John Wall.

20. Magic – 24-29 (LW 21)

Trading Tobias Harris opens up more playing time for forward Aaron Gordon.

21. Kings – 23-31 (LW 23)

DeMarcus Cousins’ dominance against Denver on Friday night may spark hope for a playoff run.

22. Nuggets – 22-33 (LW 19)

Point guard D.J. Augustin is a good a veteran to have behind rookie Emmanuel Mudiay.

22. Pelicans – 21-33 (LW 22)

After many trade rumors, forward Ryan Anderson will finish the season with New Orleans.

24. Bucks – 22-33 (LW 24)

Milwaukee’s offseason acquisitions might not jell until next season.

25. Knicks – 23-33 (LW 25)

Signing Jimmer Fredette to a 10-day contract will not solve New York’s problems.

26. Timberwolves – 17-38 (LW 26)

Shooting guard Kevin Martin reportedly wanted to be traded to a contender.

27. Nets – 15-40 (LW 27)

With new general manager Sean Marks in place, the Nets can focus on finding a new coach.

28. Lakers – 11-45 (LW 28)

Los Angeles should focus on developing its young talent.

29. 76ers – 8-46 (LW 29)

Philadelphia can avoid the worst record in NBA history with two more wins.

30. Suns – 14-41 (LW 30)

Phoenix finally traded disgruntled forward Markieff Morris but has dropped 10 straight.

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