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.
Another Chris Paul trade has fallen through according to ESPN as the Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers couldn’t reach a deal. The Hornets wanted Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farqou Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, and an unprotected 1st round pick. The Clippers, rightfully, said no. This is the second time in a week a Chris Paul trade has either been vetoed or taken off the table. The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets agreed on a deal that would have sent Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and first round pick to the Hornets, Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Paul to the Lakers. That trade got vetoed by the NBA because several owners complained about competitive balance. (They didn’t take in to account that the deal was actually bad for the Lakers, but that’s just my opinion.) As of now, Chris Paul is a Hornet, but who knows how this going to play out….
Chris Paul just wants to go somewhere….not New Orleans though.