Ann Heisenfelt, AP
30 Washington Wizards
Ann Heisenfelt, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 30

NBA.com Rank: 30

Record: 1-13

Streak: L1

They won a game! But that was after becoming the 12th team in NBA history to start a season 0-12.


29 Sacramento Kings
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Previous Deseret News Rank: 26

NBA.com Rank: 25

Record: 4-12

Streak: L3

The Kings do a good job at staying at the bottom of the league, owning the worst record in the West.

28 New Orleans Hornets
Gus Ruelas, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 29

NBA.com Rank: 29

Record: 4-11

Streak: L2

This team looks horrible without Anthony Davis. The Hornets are just 1-9 in their last 10 games. Don't expect things to get much better, as Davis is expected to be out for a while with a stress fracture in his ankle.

27 Toronto Raptors
Lance Murphey, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 27

NBA.com Rank: 27

Record: 4-13

Streak: W1

Poor Raptors. They just seem to look worse and worse as the season progresses. Losing by 16 at home to the Rockets doesn't exactly help.



26 Cleveland Cavaliers
Amy Sancetta, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 22

NBA.com Rank: 28

Record: 4-13

Streak: L1

The Cavaliers look bad. They've won just two of their last 10 games and have a hard time scoring 80 points in a game.

25 Phoenix Suns
Ross D. Franklin, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 24

NBA.com Rank: 23

Record: 7-11

Streak: L3

After beating the Cavaliers in Phoenix, the Suns have dropped three straight, helping them stay in poor position in the West.

24 Orlando Magic
Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 23

NBA.com Rank: 24

Record: 6-10

Streak: W1

The Magic's stock rises for the simple fact that they beat the Lakers in LA by 10. Other than that, they haven't done much to impress.

23 Detroit Pistons
Carlos Osorio, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 28

NBA.com Rank: 26

Record: 5-13

Streak: L2

They still aren't the best team in the league but they are looking better after putting Kyle Singler in the lineup. They beat the Blazers at home and killed the Suns.

22 Portland Trail Blazers
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Previous Deseret News Rank: 20

NBA.com Rank: 19

Record: 7-17

Streak: W1

The Blazers have started making a habit of losing to the worst teams in the league. They lost in Detroit and gave the Wizards their first win of the season.

21 Minnesota Timberwolves
Jim Mone, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 21

NBA.com Rank: 22

Record: 7-8

Streak: W1

Getting Kevin Love back didn't seem to help this team a whole lot. Sure, they beat Sacramento but they lost to the struggling Clippers.

20 Charlotte Bobcats
MIKE MCCARN, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 15

NBA.com Rank: 18

Record: 7-8

Streak: L3

Those are the Bobcats fans remember. They've lost three in a row, including a 114-69 loss in Oklahoma City. They do not look good.

19 Indiana Pacers
Darron Cummings, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 25

NBA.com Rank: 21

Record: 8-9

Streak: L1

Well, at least the Pacers aren't looking as hideous as they were earlier in the season. They did beat the Lakers in LA but so did the Magic.

18 Dallas Mavericks
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Previous Deseret News Rank: 17

NBA.com Rank: 17

Record: 8-9

Streak: W1

The Mavericks are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, including a 101-78 loss to the Bulls.

17 LA Lakers
Mark J. Terrill, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 9

NBA.com Rank: 8

Record: 8-9

Streak: L1

It doesn't look like having a new head coach is fixing much in LA. The Lakers still have trouble scoring and lost by 10 against the Magic at home.

16 Houston Rockets
Pat Sullivan, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 18

NBA.com Rank: 20

Record: 8-8

Streak: W1

They're looking better than they did the previous week, despite getting struck by the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

15 Denver Nuggets
Matt York, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 8

NBA.com Rank: 11

Record: 8-9

Streak: L3

Is there a more inconsistent team in the NBA? The Nuggets are so streaky it's hard to have believe this team can be considered one of the elite.

14 Utah Jazz
Deseret News

Previous Deseret News Rank: 19

NBA.com Rank: 16

Record: 9-9

Streak: L2

It appears to be the same old story for the Utah Jazz. They're undefeated at home but just 3-9 on the road.

13 Golden State Warriors
Associated Press

Previous Deseret News Rank: 16

NBA.com Rank: 12

Record: 10-6

Streak: W3

Even without Andrew Bogut, the Warriors are looking good, wining three straight.

12 Chicago Bulls
Charles Cherney, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 13

NBA.com Rank: 14

Record: 8-7

Streak: W2

Blowing a 27-point lead in the third quarter at home to the Bucks doesn't bode well for a team. They did rebound nicely as they killed the Mavericks.


11 Milwaukee Bucks
Mike Roemer, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 12

NBA.com Rank: 15

Record: 8-7

Streak: W1

The Bucks came back from a 27-point deficit to beat the Bulls on the road. But then they got killed by the Knicks.

10 Boston Cetlics
Kathy Kmonicek, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 11

NBA.com Rank: 10

Record: 9-8

Streak: L1

Rondo's streak ended with a second quarter ejection. He's really the only impressive part of this team.

Lost at home to Nets 95-83. Rondo ejected in 2nd Q

9 Philadelphia 76ers
Kathy Kmonicek, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 14

NBA.com Rank: 13

Record: 10-7

Streak: L1

They did beat the Mavericks at home but they still don't look like an elite team.

8 Atlanta Hawks
Todd Kirkland, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 7

NBA.com Rank: 7

Record: 9-5

Streak: L1

The Hawks aren't looking too shabby, but they aren't looking great either as they beat the Bobcats just 94-91.

7 LA Clippers
Eric Gay, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 10

NBA.com Rank: 5

Record: 10-6

Streak: W2

Playing the Timberwolves was just what this team needed after losing four straight and Blake Griffin having his worst game of his career.

6 Brooklyn Nets
Mark J. Terrill, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 6

NBA.com Rank: 9

Record: 11-5

Streak: L1

They did beat the Knicks at home after holding Carmelo Anthony to just one point in overtime.


5 New York Knicks
Jeff Zelevansky, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank:

NBA.com Rank: 6

Record: 12-3

Streak: W3

The Knicks are back to their winning ways after going through a bit of a rough patch.

4 Oklahoma City Thunder
DON EMMERT, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 5

NBA.com Rank: 4

Record: 14-4

Streak: W5

This team is on fire. The Thunder destroyed the Bobcats, Rockets and Jazz all in the same week, showing just how elite they really are.

3 San Antonio Spurs
DON EMMERT, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 4

NBA.com Rank: 3

Record: 14-4

Streak: W1

Taking on the league's hottest team, the Spurs almost won on the road without their best players. Also, the Spurs have destroyed some of their other opponents on the road recently.

2 Memphis Grizzlies
Lance Murphey, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 2

NBA.com Rank: 2

Record: 12-3

Streak: L1

The Grizzlies get the No. 2 spot because they still have the best record in the West, despite losing their last game.

1 Miami Heat
Colin E. Braley, AP

Previous Deseret News Rank: 1

NBA.com Rank: 1

Record: 12-3

Streak: W6

The Heat are still the hottest team in the NBA, riding a current league best six-game winning streak.