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Ranking the NBA’s 30 teams

By Jason Jones |

(Records through Friday)

1. Atlanta Hawks (42-9, last week 1):

Best team in the league continued its run of beating the West by toppling Golden State.

2. Golden State Warriors (39-9, LW 2):

Is there a serious argument that the Splash Brothers aren’t the best backcourt in the NBA?

3. Memphis Grizzlies (37-13, LW 3):

Adding Jeff Green has been a boost and makes Memphis a legitimate championship threat.

4. Houston Rockets (35-15, LW 4):

Teams are throwing every kind of defense at James Harden, but the Rockets keep winning.

5. Toronto Raptors (34-17, LW 5):

Reports have general manager Masai Ujiri still looking at deals to upgrade the roster.

6. Dallas Mavericks (34-18, LW 8):

With Rajon Rondo out, J.J. Barea is in the starting lineup, and there have been Raymond Felton sightings on the court, too.

7. Portland Trail Blazers (34-16, LW 9):

Damian Lillard is shooting 5 of 40 in his last five games from three-point range.

8. San Antonio Spurs (32-18, LW 10):

Kawhi Leonard reminded the Heat how good he is with 24 points in a win Friday.

9. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-21, LW 11):

Looking like a team that can win the East these days thanks to good in-season deals.

10. Los Angeles Clippers (33-18 LW 6):

Coming off some embarrassing losses as their inability to consistently beat good teams continues.

11. Washington Wizards (31-20, LW 7):

Coach Randy Wittman has not liked his team’s selfish play during its five-game losing streak.

12. Phoenix Suns (29-23, LW 12):

The pressure is increasing to hold onto the eighth spot in the West.

13. Chicago Bulls (30-20, LW 13):

Dropped three straight with Cleveland running them down in the Central Division.

14. New Orleans Pelicans (27-23, LW 14):

Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans have the Pelicans on the cusp of the top eight in the West.

15. Milwaukee Bucks (27-23, LW 15):

Three wins away from doubling last season’s victory total.

16. Oklahoma City Thunder (25-25, LW 16):

Kevin Durant is back after missing two games, so is that winning streak everyone expects on the way soon?

17. Charlotte Hornets (22-27, LW 17):

Steve Clifford has gotten the Hornets back on track despite injuries.

18. Brooklyn Nets (21-28, LW 20):

Team still hasn’t found its rhythm but can still make the playoffs.

19. Detroit Pistons (20-31, LW 19):

D.J. Augustin has filled in well for the injured Brandon Jennings.

20. Miami Heat (21-29, LW 19):

A year ago it was about the Big 3. It’s down to just Chris Bosh these days.

21. Boston Celtics (19-30, LW 23):

Wasn’t Tayshaun Prince supposed to have been bought out awhile ago?

22. Indiana Pacers (19-32, LW 24):

They’ve struggled but Pacers had enough to end Cleveland’s 12-game winning streak.

23. Denver Nuggets (19-32, LW 21):

Have to wonder if more players will be traded as Nuggets are floundering.

24. Utah Jazz (17-33, LW 23):

Trey Burke is adjusting to life as a reserve with rookie Dante Exum now starting at point guard.

25. Kings (17-31, LW 25):

Losing 10 of the last 11 games have the Kings exploring a second coaching change this season.

26. Orlando Magic (16-37, LW 26):

Jacque Vaughn and most of his coaching staff were fired as Magic is seen as underachiever.

27. New York Knicks (10-40, LW 28):

Knicks are 5-5 in their last 10 to double their win total.

28. Los Angeles Lakers (13-37, LW 27):

Like most bad teams, Lakers have trouble holding onto leads late in games.

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (10-40, LW 30):

Winners of their last two as health improves.

30. Philadelphia 76ers (11-40, LW 29):

Their minus-11.2 differential is the worst in the NBA.