Mark Heisler's NBA rankings

February 26, 2011

Records through Friday (last week's rank).

1. Spurs 48-10 (1): As Gregg Popovich says, they haven't dominated anyone … on pace to beat 68.

2. Bulls 39-17 (5): Presumably with a shooting guard, they would be on a 72-victory pace.

3. Heat 43-16 (2): Oops: Just learned East has another contender bigger than they are.

4. Mavericks 41-16 (4): Team Lakers catch or play back-to-back series on road goes 14-1.

5. Celtics 41-15 (3): Personally, I would say it wasn't time to start building for future.

6. Lakers 41-19 (7): In good news, feel better about themselves. In bad news, why?

7. Thunder 36-21 (6): Showing why they got Kendrick Perkins, Dwight Howard gets 40 vs. Nick Collison, et al.

8. Magic 37-22 (9): Lost at home to Kings. Really.

9. Hawks 35-23 (8): Long search for point after passing up Chris Paul and Deron Williams brings Kirk Hinrich.

10. Hornets 35-25 (10): Mark Cuban, Phil Jackson aghast as NBA's team takes Carl Landry's $3 million salary.

11. Trail Blazers 33-25 (13): MJ can't afford Gerald Wallace's $9.5 million, but Paul Allen can.

12. Grizzlies 32-27 (11): Best "little'' move: NBA's most underrated glue guy Shane Battier.

13. Suns 29-27 (12): Oops: Steve Nash's agent says Robert Sarver's lone untouchable wants out.

14. Nuggets 34-26 (14): 2-0 since whatshisname left.

15. Jazz 32-27 (18): Reports of his death exaggerated? Devin Harris debuts with 16 and victory.

16. 76ers 29-29 (15): Jason Kapono, sharpshooter who can't find home, being bought out.

17. Knicks 29-27 (16): Carmelo Anthony's honeymoon lasts one night — which is a long time there.

18. Rockets 28-31 (19): Rolling dice on Hasheem Thabeet, who looked lost/never got shot in Memphis.

19. Pacers 26-31 (17): Mike Dunleavy Jr., prize under-radar free agent, breaks thumb.

20. Bobcats 26-32 (22): No way to run contender: Gerald Wallace leaves in mid-playoff race.

21. Warriors 26-31 (20): In Monta Ellis' shadow, Stephen Curry averages 18, shooting 48, 41 and 93 percent.

22. Bucks 22-35 (24): Rehab R Us life: Michael Redd practices, hoping to play after year off.

23. Clippers 21-38 (23): If no one misses Baron Davis, they're lot further away than one piece.

24. Nets 17-41 (25): Line for Deron Williams forms on right: Now it's him, Brook Lopez and who?

25. Wizards 15-42 (26): Real deal, if belatedly: John Wall averages 22, 10 assists over five.

26. Kings 14-42 (28): If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's not a duck yet.

27. Timberwolves 13-46 (27): If Kevin Love was test, Kurt Rambis better try meditation with Zach Randolph.

28. Raptors 16-43 (29): Jay Triano great guy, Canadian with lockout looking. Otherwise, gonzo.

29. Cavaliers 11-47 (30): May be first time coach, point guard fight a duel.

30. Pistons 21-39 (21): Disgrace started when owner left no plan taking care of his people.

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