Current rankings for the NBA teams.
1. San Antonio Spurs (46-10) – The Spurs remain at the top of the rankings with their 46-10 record. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will enjoy the All Star game festivities on Sunday night.
2. Boston Celtics (40-14) – Despite having the best record in the Eastern Conference, no Celtic player was named a starter for the All Star Game. Four of the Celtics players are reserves.
3. Miami Heat (41-15) – Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are starters for the Eastern Conference, while Chris Bosh is a reserve. The Heat are just ½ game behind the Celtics for the top spot in the East.
4. Chicago Bulls (38-16) – Derrick Rose is the lone Chicago player to make the All Star game. It was well deserved that he was announced the starting point guard. Rose has a chance at winning the league MVP.
5. Los Angeles Lakers (38-19) – The Lakers lost their last three before the break, including a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kobe Bryant is making his 13th All Star appearance.
6. Dallas Mavericks (40-16) – Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks are looking to make their name at the top of the Western Conference. Dallas has moved to within six of the Spurs in the division.
7. Oklahoma City Thunder (35-19) – Kevin Durant looks to win his second straight scoring title. The Thunder have emerged as the front runner to win the Northwest Division.
8. Orlando Magic (36-21) – Dwight Howard and the Magic are in a dog fight with the Hawks for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Orlando would host Atlanta in the first round of the postseason if it started today.
9. Atlanta Hawks (34-21) – Joe Johnson and Al Horford made the All Star team from the Eastern Conference. With that, Atlanta has been good both offensively and defensively, as they are seventh in the league in defense.
10. Portland Trailblazers (32-24) – The hottest team in the league coming into the break was the Portland Trailblazers. Portland won their final six games, and moved into second place in the Northwest Division.
11. New Orleans Hornets (33-25) – Chris Paul gets the nod as the starting point guard for the Western Conference. The Hornets lost their final three games, and are in danger of falling out of the postseason race, if they can’t heat it up.
12. Denver Nuggets (32-25) – How long will Carmelo Anthony stay with the Nuggets? The leading scorer will be a free agent at the end of the season, and has been rumored to be shipping to New Jersey or New York. If the Nuggets trade Anthony will they be able to fend off Memphis and Phoenix for the postseason.
13. Utah Jazz (31-26) – The Utah Jazz lost their legendary coach Jerry Sloan to “retirement”. Now Utah is in need of wins to keep their heads afloat for the postseason. Deron Williams and Al Jefferson are a solid 1-2 punch, but need more from the rest of the team.
14. Memphis Grizzlies (31-26) – The Memphis Grizzlies have been playing very well as of late, but will have to go a few weeks after the break without Rudy Gay. The Grizzlies have tied the Jazz for the 8th seed in the Western Conference with their four game winning streak.
15. Phoenix Suns (27-27) – The Suns won seven of their last ten games before the break. Steve Nash has emerged as more than just an assist man, as he now leads the team in scoring.
16. New York Knicks (28-26) – The second leading scorer team in the league have enjoyed the services of Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire is the starting big man for the Eastern Conference team in the All Star game.
17. Golden State Warriors (26-29) – Golden State has already matched their win total from a season ago. Now the Warriors next goal is to get to .500 and finish above this season. The Warriors are in led in scoring by Monta Ellis.
18. Houston Rockets (26-31) – Houston has been one of the biggest disappointments in the league this season. Part of the reason has been the injury bugs that have plagued the team.
19. Philadelphia 76ers (27-29) – Philadelphia currently sits two games under .500 and the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers will now set their goal on catching New York for sixth in the Eastern Conference and third in the Atlantic Division.
20. Indiana Pacers (24-30) – Danny Granger and the Pacers won seven of their last ten games to keep the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. Indiana’s next goal is to climb to .500 on the season.
21. Charlotte Bobcats (24-32) – The Charlotte Bobcats are among the teams trying to chase down Indiana for the final spot in the East. Stephen Jackson has been the leading scorer for Charlotte, but he is looking for some help during the second half.
22. Los Angeles Clippers (21-35) – The Clippers have Blake Griffin, which is giving them a ton of ink in the news. Despite Griffin’s big season, the Clippers appear to be left out of the postseason once again.
23. Milwaukee Bucks (21-34) – Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks are going to have to figure out a way to get the offense going in the second half. Milwaukee ranks as the worst offensive team in the NBA. The Bucks are 3.5 games behind Indiana for the 8th seed in the East.
24. Detroit Pistons (21-36) – Detroit, despite their 15 game under .500 record are just 4.5 games behind the 8th seeded Pacers. Rodney Stuckey is the leading scorer for Detroit, but he is scoring under 15 points per game.
25. New Jersey Nets (17-40) – The Nets, during the All Star break are dying to acquire Carmelo Anthony from Denver. After being in the hunt for Anthony and then out, the latest rumor has the Nets and Knicks battling it out for the services of the former Syracuse star.
26. Washington Wizards (15-39) – Washington, despite their struggles have found their point guard – John Wall, and another guard Nick Young. Those two appear to be coming onto their own, which is a good sign for the future.
27. Toronto Raptors (15-41) – The Raptors, in their first season without Chris Bosh have struggled. If Toronto is not careful, they will end up with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
28. Sacramento Kings (13-40) – Tyreke Evans had to miss the rookie/sophomore game with a foot injury. If Evans doesn’t return for a while, Sacramento will have a very tough time scoring points.
29. Minnesota Timberwolves (13-43) – Minnesota saw Kevin Lowe announced to the All Star team, but are having major troubles as a team. Lowe is averaging double digit rebounds, with the team has just 13 wins.
30. Cleveland Cavaliers (10-46) – The Cavaliers may have the league’s longest losing streak, but they won double digits. Their win over the Lakers guaranteed they would not be held under 10 on the season.
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