DA's Morning Tip

DA's Top 15 Rankings: Detroit, Milwaukee join mix

David Aldridge

David Aldridge reveals which teams, to him, are the Top 15 squads in the NBA at this moment.

(last week’s record in parenthesis; previous ranking in brackets)

1) Golden State (2-1) [2]: KD’s offensive rating in Saturday’s 138-109 win over Phoenix: a cool 185.

2) San Antonio (2-1) [3]: Next man up: Spurs turn without hesitation to rookie point Nicolas Laprovittola with Tony Parker banged up again. Of course, the Argentinian does just fine in two starts.

3) L.A. Clippers (2-2) [4]: Salvaged horrible road trip with solid back-to-back wins at Cleveland, New Orleans. (Yes, that seems like a bit of a long way to go for back-to-back games to us, too.)

4) Cleveland (0-3) [1]: Cavs don’t need much, but they need better guard play for J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert — and to find a solid backup for Kyrie Irving.

5) Houston (2-1) [6]: Let’s flip the page on the “morose Rockets” narrative. This is a fun team to watch; they have absolutely no conscience, firing from increasingly long distances behind the line.

6) Toronto (4-0) [9]: The Raptors’ offensive explosion of late has left them basically tied with the Cavs for the top spot in the East.

7) Boston (3-1) [8]: Isaiah Thomas is not impressed with C’s recent offensive resurgence.

8) Utah (3-1) [10]: Anyone notice the Jazz offensive rating the last 10 games (110.7 points per 100) is fifth-best in the league?

9) Memphis (2-2) [5]: No good substitute plan for losing someone as vital as Mike Conley, Jr.

10) (3-0) Oklahoma City [13]: In non-Westbrook news, Andre Roberson continues to impress on a nightly basis with his all-around defensive excellence.

11) Detroit (3-1) [NR]: Pistons storm back into the top 15 off of three very impressive, consecutive road wins last week at East contenders Charlotte, Boston and Atlanta.

12) Charlotte (2-2) [11]: Hornets an unsightly 6-6 at home after Saturday’s overtime L to Minnesota at Spectrum Center.

13) N.Y. Knicks (3-1) [14]: The world is a better place when Kyle O’Quinn is playing basketball in it.

14) Chicago (1-2) [12]: They miss McBuckets — still in the concussion protocol.

15) Milwaukee (3-0) [NR]: Bucks still aren’t setting the world on fire with their shooting, but have been credible at 36 of 101 (36 percent) on 3s during four-game win streak.

Dropped out: Atlanta [7], Portland [15]:


Toronto (4-0): Four games, four wins, average margin of victory: 27.8 points per game. That’s a pretty impressive week.


Atlanta (0-4): Hawks’ overall defensive rating still second in the league—but during startling six-game losing streak, Atlanta rates 27th, at 111.5 points per 100 possessions.

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Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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