By Jason Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org
(Records through Friday)
1. Atlanta Hawks (39-8, last week 2):
Not relying on just one player during their 18-game winning streak.
2. Golden State Warriors (36-8, LW 1):
Had their home winning streak snapped; followed that by losing at Utah.
3. Memphis Grizzlies (34-12, LW 3):
The Grizzlies have won five in a row and will keep pressure on the Warriors for the top seed in the West.
4. Houston Rockets (33-14, LW 5):
Dwight Howard’s health remains a concern, but James Harden has played like an MVP.
5. Toronto Raptors (32-15, LW 11):
Five-game winning streak is a sign the Raptors might be regaining their stride.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (32-15 LW 8):
Improving, but the consistency needs to be better after losing to the Pelicans without Anthony Davis.
7. Washington Wizards (31-16, LW 7):
Kris Humphries has at least 10 rebounds in his last three games.
8. Dallas Mavericks (31-17, LW 4):
If there’s a player on this team who should be an All-Star, it’s Monta Ellis.
9. Portland Trail Blazers (32-15, LW 6):
Damian Lillard has two reasons to be upset – he didn’t make the All-Star team and Blazers have dropped seven of their last 10.
10. San Antonio Spurs (30-17, LW 10):
Coaches voting Tim Duncan into the All-Star Game was a surprise to many.
11. Cleveland Cavaliers (28-20, LW 13):
Kevin Love ended up being the member of the Cavs’ “Big 3” to not make the All-Star team.
12. Phoenix Suns (28-20, LW 12):
Isaiah Thomas has to be a contender for Sixth Man of the Year.
13. Chicago Bulls (30-19, LW 9):
Unpredictable Bulls won at Golden State, only to lose at the Lakers the next night.
14. New Orleans Pelicans (25-22, LW 15):
Anthony Davis is their best player and Tyreke Evans their second best.
15. Milwaukee Bucks (24-22, LW 16):
Jason Kidd might not win Coach of the Year, but he deserves consideration.
16. Oklahoma City Thunder (23-23, LW 14):
Will this team ever be healthy long enough to make a run to get into the playoffs?
17. Charlotte Hornets (19-27, LW 18):
Kemba Walker’s knee surgery has team searching for help at point guard.
18. Miami Heat (20-26, LW 19):
Center Hassan Whiteside remains a feel-good story, but Dwyane Wade’s hamstring injury has him out indefinitely.
19. Detroit Pistons (17-30, LW 17):
Season-ending Achilles’ surgery for Brandon Jennings might have ended the Pistons’ playoff hopes.
20. Brooklyn Nets (18-28, LW 20):
Losers of four in a row but might be able to move up in the East with injuries in Charlotte, Detroit.
21. Denver Nuggets (19-28, LW 21):
Thursday’s 69-point effort against Memphis was one of the worst by any team this season.
22. Utah Jazz (17-30, LW 23):
A young team that is showing signs of improvement with a win over Golden State.
23. Boston Celtics (16-29, LW 22):
Who is Boston’s best player these days? Avery Bradley? Evan Turner? Marcus Smart?
24. Indiana Pacers (17-31, LW 26):
The Pacers continue to try to lean on their defense, but injuries have made scoring difficult.
25. Kings (16-29, LW 24):
On a season-worst eight-game losing streak as a season that once had promise continues to crumble.
26. Orlando Magic (15-34, LW 25):
Recent struggles, including seven straight losses, have reportedly put coach Jacque Vaughn’s job in jeopardy.
27. Los Angeles Lakers (13-34, LW 27):
Rookie Jordan Clarkson will get plenty of chances to play point guard with the Lakers looking toward next season.
28. Philadelphia 76ers (10-37, LW 29):
Double-digit wins? Some thought that would be a struggle to reach this soon.
29. New York Knicks (9-38, LW 28):
Langston Galloway’s play earned the former D-League player a contract for next season.
30. Minnesota Timberwolves (8-38, LW 30):
Ricky Rubio reportedly will return to the lineup Monday from an ankle injury that has kept him out since Nov. 7.