Chicago - Shooting guard has been a weakness for the Bulls. In the last three games, newcomer Richard Hamilton has increased his scoring from 11, 13 and 20 points. Last week: 2.
Oklahoma City - Not every small-market player wants the bright lights. Southern California native Russell Westbrook signed a five-year, $80 million extension. “From day one, this is the spot I wanted to be.” Last week: 1
Orlando - Dwight Howard became the first player since Kevin Willis in 1991 to post at least 21 points and 23 rebounds in two consecutive games. Last week: 5.
Indiana - At 11-4, the Pacers are off to their best start since beginning 14-2 and winning 61 games in 2003-04. Last week: 6.
Miami - Is it a coincidence that the Heat are 6-1 in the games Dwyane Wade has missed this season? No. Last week: 9.
Philadelphia - History shows the Sixers should be better than last season. In Doug Collins’ three previous coaching jobs, his teams won an average of six more games in his second season. Last week: 3
Clippers - All the attention has been on Chris Paul, but don’t forget about Mo Williams. In the last three games, Williams has averaged 25.7 points and shot 64 percent from the field. Last week: 7.
Denver - Think the ex-Knicks were fired up to play in the Garden? Danilo Gallinari and Al Harrington scored 37 points and 24 points, respectively, in Denver’s double overtime win over New York. Last week: 14.
Atlanta - Since losing All-Star center Al Horford to a shoulder injury the Hawks have gone 5-1. Point guard Kirk Hinrich may return during the upcoming five-game road trip. Last week: 10.
Lakers - There’s not much beyond Kobe. The Lakers have failed to reach 100 points in 11 consecutive games, the team’s longest streak since 2003-04. Last week: 4.
Utah - Going 8-2, with the only losses coming in close games to the last two NBA champions, is not a bad way to play in your last 10 games. Last week: 11.
Memphis - After losing three consecutive games, the Grizzlies were 3-6 on Jan. 10. Since then they’ve won six straight and are in first place in the Southwest Division. Last week: 15.
San Antonio - Maybe a bright sign for the future – with Tim Duncan resting, Tiago Splitter had 25 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Houston. Last week: 8.
Dallas - A knee injury will sideline Dirk Nowitzki for at least three games. The Mavs play Phoenix, Minnesota and the Jazz this week. Last week: 12.
Houston - A six-game winning streak has turned a 3-7 into a respectable 9-7 record. Last week: NR