My weekly ranking of the NBA’s top 10 teams, posted each Thursday.
1. Golden State Warriors
Record-setting 1995-96 Bulls started 41-3 on way to 72-10. Warriors at 29-2 (through Wednesday). Can they do it?
2. San Antonio Spurs
Mark Jan. 25 on calendar. That’s when Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and the rest get first stab at Warriors.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving is back. They fared well without him. They should rise higher with him.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant still could use one more consistent perimeter threat.
5. Los Angeles Clippers
Slowly starting to put it together. But how long can they keep it going without the injured Blake Griffin?
6. Atlanta Hawks
Coming around nicely after rugged start. But once again we ask, who’s the go-to guy here?
7. Toronto Raptors
Very good team in many facets. But are they good enough to run with the best on a regular basis?
8. Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki wants to make one more run. Look for Mavs to be players near trading deadline.
9. Chicago Bulls
Jimmy Butler can pull this team together or rip it apart at any moment. Wonder which he’ll choose.
10. Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will keep them in the hunt. But need more from everyone else.