Mark Heisler's NBA rankings

Lakers jump back into top spot

Thunder on the move

November 21, 2010

Records and statistics through Friday (last week's ranking)

1. Lakers 11-2 (2): Not bad while getting Kobe up and running and waiting for Andrew Bynum.

2. Hornets 10-1 (3): Led by 10 in fourth quarter at Dallas

before taking first loss.

3. Celtics 9-3 (1): Nice offense: No FGs in last 10:34 in home loss to Thunder without Durant.

4. Spurs 10-1 (4): If schedule aids best start ever, they have wins at OKC, Utah.

5. Thunder 8-4 (9): Averaging 24-5-8, Westbrook is 1A to Durant's 1, or vice versa.

T-6. Heat 8-4 (8): Favorable early phase of schedule ends Wednesday at Orlando.

T-6. Magic 8-3 (7): OK, who are you really? Now for rematch after Heat bombed them in Miami.

8. Bulls 7-4 (14): Most underrated Trojan Taj Gibson now most underrated power forward.

9. Mavericks 7-4 (5): Team claiming to be No. 2 in West scores 83 in home loss to Bulls.

10. Jazz 8-5 (6): Oops: After amazing trip, came home and lost to Thunder and Spurs.

11. Trail Blazers 8-5 (11): Gritty if cursed: Oden out for season, Roy sits, Matthews gets 30-20.

12. Hawks 8-4 (10): Josh Smith priced to move. Both he and Hawks regret big new deal.

13. Warriors 7-5 (17): So much for new regime: Personnel director is owner's kid.

14. Pacers 5-5 (19): Hibbert averaged 7.1 as rookie, 11.7 last season, at 16.5 now.

15. Nuggets 6-6 (12): 'Melo averaging 24-9 in MVP start — except for trying to leave.

16. Suns 6-6 (16): Road to nowhere: Just lost by 27 at Miami, 16 at Orlando.

17. Grizzlies 4-9 (13): Highest-scoring starting lineup,

averaging 84, just went 0-5.

18. Bucks 5-7 (15): Last season is over: Just allowed 118 to Lakers, lost to 76ers.

19. Cavaliers 5-6 (18): Forget Gilbert's promise; I thought it would take years to be .500.

20. Knicks 5-8 (25): Already sorry: Amare says he would have stayed if Suns offered same deal.

21. Nets 4-8 (20): Kris Humphries, starting over Murphy, Favors, averages 15-12 over five.

22. Bobcats 4-8 (22): Hold disaster scenarios: 3-2 since

1-6 start.

23. Wizards 4-7 (29): Good old days: Arenas averages 18 as they go 2-1 with Wall out.

24. Kings 4-7 (21): Young guys other than Cousins showing issues with temperament.

25. Rockets 3-9 (23): Like last season with Yao out for two weeks, except for record.

26. Timberwolves 4-10 (24): Oh my gosh, he's a monster: Beasley at 25 a game, 31 in last six.

27. Pistons 4-8 (26): Sale stalls as Ilitch drops offer from reported $350 million, appropriately.

28. Raptors 4-9 (28): Won two in row for first time this

season. Over/under was zero.

29. 76ers 3-10 (29): See ya: Iguodala missed six games in career, now at four and counting.

30. Clippers 1-12 (30): Allowed 109 per game in last eight.

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