1. Chicago (21-6) – Derrick Rose is making quite an effort to win back to back MVP awards.
2. Oklahoma City (20-5) – The one-two punch of Durant and Westbrook is so exciting to watch and tough to stop.
3. Miami (19-6) – Since getting Dwayne Wade back, this team is on a tear.
4. San Antonio (17-9) – Even though this team is getting older and has lost Manu Ginobili, they keep churning out the wins.
5. LA Clippers (15-7) – They still have a ton of talent but the loss of Chauncey Billups for the year will definitely hurt their depth.
6. Philadelphia (18-7) – They have surprised many with the way they have played against the elite teams in the league.
7. Indiana (17-7) – Four of five starters finished in double figures in a close win over Utah.
8. Atlanta (16-9) – They have lost three in a row as they struggle to find someone to replace Al Horford inside.
9. Boston (14-10) – Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for 2nd all time on the Celtics scoring list.
10. LA Lakers (14-11) – Kobe Bryant has moved past Shaquille O’Neal for 5th on all time NBA scoring list.
11. Orlando (15-10) – 33 points and 14 rebounds for Dwight Howard vs the Clippers, just another night at the office for the big man.
12. Denver (15-10) – They will struggle without Danilo Gallinari.
13. Dallas (14-11) – They need a guy to step up at point guard while Jason Kidd is out.
14. Portland (14-11) – LaMarcus Aldridge is the best player no one knows about.
15. Houston (14-11) – Kyle Lowery is the front-runner for most improved player.
16. Utah (13-11) – One of the best front courts in the NBA with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.
17. Minnesota (13-12) – Kevin Love is the best power forward in the game but should very little class stomping on Luis Scola the other night.
18. Memphis (12-13) – Marc Gasol is becoming an elite center in this league.
19. New York (11-15) – With Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony missing a few weeks of action, Jeremy Lin has scored 53 points in his last two games.
20. Phoenix (11-14) – All five starters finished in double figures in a win over Milwaukee.
21. Milwaukee (10-14) – Drew Gooden is making people forget about Andrew Bogut with 29 points and 7 rebounds in 2 games.
22. Cleveland (9-14) – Kyrie Erving had 20 points and 7 assists in a win against the Mavericks, making him a serious contender for Rookie of the Year.
23. Golden State (8-14) – Monta Ellis dropped 48 in a close loss to the Thunder.
24. Sacramento (9-16) – The inside-outside presence of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins keeps them in games.
25. New Jersey (8-18) – Deron Williams is having another all-star season, but if they cannot get Howard he will walk.
26. Toronto (8-18) – Their offense is not the same without Andrea Bargnani.
27. Detroit (6-20) – Good win over Milwaukee as their rookie point guard Brandon Knight had 26.
28. Washington (5-20) – John Wall is very exciting to watch and JaVale McGee will be a trade piece for contending teams.
29. New Orleans (4-21) – When Emeka Okafor is your go to guy you’re in trouble
30. Charlotte (3-22) – Kemba Walker is about the only bright spot on this team.