- Golden State Warriors (33-8): Steph Curry is officially back, and like the usual, the Warriors didn’t skip a beat. I’m honestly not sure anyone can keep up with this team.
- Boston Celtics (33-10): The Celtics are rolling once again. I dropped them the last few weeks, but the way they’ve been playing lately is hard to deny.
- Toronto Raptors (28-11): Between the Celtics and The Raptors, the Eastern Conference could have two of the best teams in the league. It’ll be interesting to see if the Raptors can keep this up come playoff time.
- Minnesota Timberwolves (26-16): Minnesota has been playing great basketball as of late. They’ve won 7 out of their last 10, and they went on an impressive win streak. That’s enough to earn a spot in my top 5.
- Washington Wizards (23-17): I knew it was only a matter of time before Scott Brooks had the Wizards heading in the right direction. There’s too much talent there between Wall and Beal to not be winning games.
- San Antonio Spurs (28-14): The Spurs simply can’t get healthy, yet they are hanging around at the top. I wouldn’t consider them to be a title threat at this point, but Coach Pop certainly isn’t giving up just yet.
- Cleveland Cavaliers (26-14): LeBron is having the best season of his career. Although they have dropped a couple winnable games lately, there’s no doubt LeBron always has his squad ready at the right time.
- Houston Rockets (28-11): Although the Rockets have one of the best records in the league, they’ve been struggling. They’ve only won 3 out of their last 10. Until they start putting wins together again, they’ll be toward the bottom of my rankings.
- Miami Heat (23-17): I want to welcome the Miami Heat to my top 10 for the very first time. Things are just clicking in Miami right now. If Dragic and Waiters can keep delivering, this team will keep winning.
- Oklahoma City Thunder (22-19): The Thunder is certainly heading in the right direction. While there are still kinks to workout, I’m excited where this team is heading.
- Golden State Warriors (33-8): Steph Curry is back, the Warriors are rolling, and this team isn’t going anywhere from the top spot.
- Boston Celtics (33-10): Brad Steven has got to be a heavy contender for Coach of the Year. When Gordon Hayward went down in game 1, I thought for sure this team would struggle, but they really haven’t all that much.
- Toronto Raptors (28-10): DeMar DeRozan is having a career season right now, and the Raptors are direct benefactors. Kyle Lowry took a nasty fall the other night, but he should be back soon.
- Cleveland Cavaliers (26-12): Defensive issues are keeping the Cavaliers from being the best version of themselves, but if they can sort that out, I wouldn’t bet against Lebron once it comes time for the Playoffs.
- San Antonio Spurs (28-14): Kawhi Leonard is hurt again, but the Spurs keep managing to pick up wins. If they can get him healthy and back into the flow of things, San Antonio could be dangerous.
- Houston Rockets (28-11): First Chris Paul was out with injury, and now it is James Harden who is out. The Rockets managed okay with CP3 forced to sit, but it’s been rough going without the Beard.
- Minnesota Timberwolves (26-16): Jimmy Butler is playing some of the best basketball of his career the past few weeks, and this team is starting to gel. As long as Tom Thibodeau can keep from playing his guys too many minutes, the Timberwolves could be a dark horse in the West.
- Washington Wizards (23-17): I’m still not that impressed with what the Wizards have done so far, but they’re a talented team, and they’ve done what it takes to be in the Top 10, at least for now.
- Miami Heat (22-17): This team is so fun in so many different ways. There’s not really a superstar ego to deal, with, so they’re kind of just having fun and winning games.
- Portland Trail Blazers (22-18): Damian Lillard has been forced to miss seven of the last nine games, but the Blazers are 6-3 in that stretch. This team keeps getting better as the season goes on.
3 To Watch
Los Angeles Clippers (18-21): While the Clippers still have a losing record, they are trending in the right direction. They have so many injuries, yet they’ve won seven out of their last 10. Keep an eye out to see if they can break .500.
Portland Trail Blazers (22-18): Portland was a borderline top 10 team for me last week. This week, I’m not so sure. Let’s see if the Trailblazers can find some consistency before heading into the all-star break.
Philadelphia 76ers (19-19): The 76ers are currently sitting in the number nine spot in the East. They’re even on the season, and they’ve got more support than ever. It’ll be interesting to see if they can make the playoffs after trusting the process for so long.
- Oklahoma City Thunder (22-19): Despite dropping four of the last six, it cannot be denied that this team has made improvement. The real issue right now is getting Andre Roberson and/or figuring out how to fix the defensive issues.
- Milwaukee Bucks (21-18): I keep expecting this team to break through and string together some wins, but they’re kind of maintaining their position. They’re still good enough to beat just about anyone on any given night.
- Detroit Pistons (21-18): I have a feeling the Pistons are about to break off a win streak. They have some favorable games come up, and they could put something nice together.
Atlanta Hawks (10-30): The Hawks were in danger of losing their throne as being the worst team in the league, but they managed to keep it. I think there should be a trophy given to the first of these teams to win 20 games.
Orlando Magic (12-29): The Magic have only won one game in their last ten. I’m no expert, but that’s not too good.
Los Angeles Lakers (13-27): The Lakers are slightly better than the Magic, having won two of their last 10. It seems as if Luke Walton has officially lost control of this team.
Memphis Grizzlies (12-27): This may sound sarcastic, but I promise it’s not: the Grizzlies could be heading in the right direction after winning three out of their last 10.
Dallas Mavericks (14-28): While the Mavericks have one of the worst records in the league, they have gone 5-5 in their last 10. This could be a great sign for Mavs fans. Let’s be honest, the league is a better place when Dallas is playing well.
- Atlanta Hawks (10-30): This team can’t help but be bad. They lot to the Lakers and the Clippers in consecutive games. That’s not good!
- Los Angeles Lakers (13-27): They finally ended their nine-game win streak but picking up consecutive wins over the Hawks and the Kings, but there’s a lot of drama going on around the Ball family and Luke Walton, so we’ll how this goes.
- Orlando Magic (12-29): Sometimes I feel like the Magic is a parody of a real NBA team. They have lost five in a row and 13 of their last 14.
- Memphis Grizzlies (12-27): The Grizzlies have won three of their last seven, which is good compared to the fact that they had only won one game in their previous nine.
- Dallas Mavericks (14-28): After winning four in a row, the Mavericks lost three consecutive games, but they picked up a win over Orlando, and they have the Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers up next, so maybe they can nab some more wins.
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