There are 30 teams in the NBA, but only half of them are worth following.
This is a look at the top half of the teams in the NBA with analysis on who is playing well, who is about to struggle and who is making a rise among the league’s elite.
The Grizzlies have the best record in the NBA and are the deepest team with nine players averaging more than 5 points per game led by Marc Gasol (19.9).
The Bulls have the third-best record in the Eastern Conference for now, but injuries have been a factor (this won’t be the first time a record gets somewhat ignored in this ranking)
3. Golden State
The Warriors rank 9th in points allowed (96.4), which is the stat that best indicates a new toughness under new coach Steve Kerr.
Trail Blazers have won 10 of their first 13 games, but they were 8-1 at home and 2-2 on the road which is too much of a disparity.
The Raptors’ 11-2 start was the second best in the winning percentage in the NBA, but they don’t play enough defense to be a serious Eastern Conference contender.
The Mavericks are playing well and have loads of talent, but allowing teams to shoot 44.9 percent (13th in the NBA) will catch up to them at some point.
Let the free falling begin, because they will struggle to beat competent teams with center Dwight Howard out indefinitely with a strained right knee.
8. San Antonio
The champs are just cruising in the regular season and picking their spots to get playoff ready.
Forget who has the best guard tandem in the NBA, because this team is 4-2 on the road this season, which is proof of their improvement.
10. L.A. Clippers
The team started the season with a 7-5 record, but we’ll give them a pass for now because no team with Chris Paul stays mediocre.
The Suns don’t play a decent team until a Dec. 5 game at Dallas, so the wins should continue to pile up.
The Kings are young and exciting, but entering this week their next five games were against New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Memphis and Toronto so let the test begin.
If LeBron James is defacto coach, general manager and leader, then when can he relax and work on his game?
The empty seats for home games in American Airlines Arena are proof that the team is missing something and someone. Who can that be?
15. New Orleans
The Pelicans are sixth in points per game (103.9) and lead the league in blocks (6.6), but getting center Omer Asik healthy again is a must for now.