Mark Heisler's NBA rankings

April 04, 2010

Records through Friday

(last week's ranking)

1. Cavaliers 60-16 (1): Face tough crowd Sunday in Boston. Unfortunately, it can't play.

2. Magic 53-23 (3): Dwight Howard, once most overrated guy in NBA, now most underrated.

3. Lakers 55-21 (2): Kobe Bryant signing, Jazz victory chill Lakerdom to DEFCON 4.9.

4. Suns 50-26 (9): NBA's hottest team on 10-0 run with 18 victories in last 21.

5. Jazz 50-27 (7): 31-8 since Jan. 8 vs. everyone but Lakers; 0-2 vs. them.

6. Mavericks 50-26 (4): Beat Nuggets for tiebreaker but just fourth victory in eight.

7. Nuggets 49-27 (5): Oops: Carmelo Anthony, 2011 free agent, says he would love to play in New York.

8. Thunder 46-28 (6): Nine teams ever jumped 25 victories. They are about to be No. 10.

9. Trail Blazers 46-30 (12): 32-24 before Marcus Camby got there, 14-4 after.

10. Spurs 46-29 (8): They don't make first rounds like they used to if Lakers get them.

11. Hawks 48-27 (11): Back(ing) up to No. 3 as they go 2-2 while Celtics drop.

12. Celtics 47-28 (10): Warm up for Cavaliers with 0-3 skid, dropping to No. 4.

13. Heat 42-34 (17): Third hottest team: 29-31 on March 1, 41-34 on April 1.

14. Bucks 41-34 (13): Bucks go 2-4, drop to No. 6 as Heat whoosh past.

15. Bobcats 40-35 (16): Insiders: Finish will make up Larry Brown's mind about staying.

16. Grizzlies 39-36 (14): With Marc Gasol lost, Hasheem Thabeet gets 11 rebounds in first start.

17. Rockets 38-37 (15): Won in OT in Boston - while being eliminated from playoffs.

18. Raptors 38-37 (18): Insiders say Chris Bosh has hung it up as production drops.

19. Bulls 36-39 (20): Having missed 12 games, Luol Deng up to 64 last three seasons.

20. Hornets 35-42 (19): Will GM Jeff Bower stay as coach? They're looking for GM-type.

21. 76ers 26-50 (23): Fred Carter of worst team ever celebrates as Nets win 10th.

22. Clippers 27-48 (22): What did Kim Hughes do to deserve this (cont.)? Now 6-20.

23. Knicks 26-49 (23): Signaling they won't even re-sign oft-injured Tracy McGrady for minimum.

24. Kings 24-52 (24): Tyreke Evans back after missing five. In surprise, they won one.

25. Pacers 28-48 (25): With Final Four in Indy, locals get to forget they exist.

26. Pistons 23-52 (26): Set for first lottery pick since '03 when they took … Darko Milicic.

27. Wizards 22-53 (27): No arrests or suspensions but just one victory since Feb. 28.

28. Warriors 22-53 (28): As usual, Don Nelson finishes with six total unknowns on roster.

29. Timberwolves 15-60 (29): Highly regarded Jonny Flynn disappears in Bermuda Triangle offense.

30. Nets 10-65 (30): President Rod Thorn staying but GM/coach Kiki Vandeweghe will walk plank.

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