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Jason Jones ranks the NBA

With records through the regular season and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 73-9 (last week 1)

Best regular season in NBA history achieved, Golden State now wants to repeat.

2. Spurs – 67-15 (LW 2)

Can San Antonio muster enough to upset the Warriors?

3. Cavaliers – 57-25 (LW 3)

Does LeBron James have enough help to bring a title to Cleveland?

4. Thunder – 55-27 (LW 4)

How will OKC’s playoff performance affect Kevin Durant’s free agency?

5. Raptors – 56-26 (LW 5)

Another first-round playoff exit would be devastating.

6. Clippers – 53-29 (LW 6)

Will the roster be revamped if Los Angeles doesn’t reach the conference finals?

7. Heat – 48-34 (LW 10)

Miami seemingly is everyone’s dark-horse pick to upset Cleveland in the East.

8. Hawks – 48-34 (LW 7)

Expectations aren’t as high for Atlanta this postseason.

9. Celtics – 48-34 (LW 8)

Boston’s first-round matchup with Atlanta should be entertaining.

10. Hornets – 48-34 (LW 9)

Charlotte’s 21-8 record after the All-Star break was third best behind the Spurs (22-7) and Warriors (25-5).

11. Trail Blazers – 44-38 (LW 11)

Some believe Damian Lillard can lead Portland to a first-round upset of the Clippers.

12. Pacers – 45-37 (LW 13)

Paul George’s playoff experience will be a key against Toronto.

13. Pistons – 44-38 (LW 12)

Drawing Cleveland in the first round presents Detroit with a tough task.

14. Mavericks – 42-40 (LW 14)

Dallas was one of the league’s hottest teams late in the season.

15. Rockets – 41-41 (LW 19)

Despite a disappointing season, Houston reached the playoffs.

16. Grizzlies – 42-40 (LW 15)

No playoff team struggled more late in the season than Memphis.

17. Jazz – 40-42 (LW 16)

Utah again just missed the playoffs.

18. Bulls – 42-40 (LW 17)

Chicago went from challenger in the East to the draft lottery.

19. Wizards – 41-41 (LW 18)

Washington performed well below expectations and cost coach Randy Wittman his job.

20. Magic – 35-47 (LW 20)

Orlando should add some veterans in the offseason to help its young nucleus.

21. Nuggets – 33-49 (LW 21)

Denver has plenty of draft picks, which could be packaged in a trade to add immediate help.

22. Bucks – 33-49 (LW 22)

If its core stays healthy, Milwaukee figures to be better next season.

23. Kings – 33-49 (LW 24)

Sacramento will have its fourth coach since the start of the 2013-14 season.

24. Knicks – 32-50 (LW 23)

New York needs a coach, but will Phil Jackson simply elevate interim coach Kurt Rambis?

25. Pelicans – 30-52 (LW 25)

Anthony Davis’ health will be New Orleans’ biggest concern this offseason.

26. Timberwolves – 29-53 (LW 26)

Minnesota is looking for a new coach and general manager.

27. Suns – 23-59 (LW 28)

Interim coach Earl Watson might have done enough to land the permanent job.

28. Nets – 21-61 (LW 27)

Brooklyn also is seeking a new coach after finding a new general manager, Sean Marks.

29. Lakers – 17-65 (LW 29)

Kobe Bryant’s career finale is unmatched in NBA history.

30. 76ers – 10-72 (LW 30)

Philadelphia must figure out how not to be the worst team in the NBA.

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