DA's Morning Tip
DA's Top 15 Rankings: Utah Jazz capitalize on big week
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 Warriors (2-0) : Fitty on the Clippers in the third quarter Thursday night. Fitty.
2) San Antonio Spurs (2-0) : Finish Rodeo Trip with four straight wins and a 6-2 mark. Spurs will have 16 of their last 24 regular-season games at home
3) Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) : Don’t care what Deron Williams’ stats were in Dallas; he’ll be a strong pickup for the Cavs and will help them immensely in the playoffs.
4) Houston Rockets (2-0) : Lou Williams, just what the D’Antoni ordered.
5) Utah Jazz (2-0) : Why do teams even bother to challenge Rudy Gobert?
6) Boston Celtics (1-1) : Normally when you have to wait this long for something, there’s a line all the way down to seat 19A in either direction on the plane.
7) Toronto Raptors (2-0) : Note to self: get passport renewed in time for potential late spring travel.
8) Washington Wizards (0-2) : Wizards pushed hard for either Darren Collison or Ty Lawson from Sacramento before the deadline, but the Kings held firm on asking for first-rounders for each.
9) Atlanta Hawks (0-2) : Re-signing Paul Millsap is the Hawks’ top offseason priority. It will not be easy. Won’t be impossible, but it won’t be easy.
10) Memphis Grizzlies (1-1) : They choose to keep Toney Douglas for the rest of the season rather than go the bought out free agent route.
11) Oklahoma City Thunder (2-0) : Kanter’s back. There’s going to be trouble. Hey na, hey na, Kanter’s back.
12) LA Clippers (1-2) : Chris Paul returns…just in the nick of time?
13) Chicago Bulls (2-0) : Speaking for myself: what is the point of keeping Rajon Rondo on this roster another second?
14) Indiana Pacers(1-1) : I was born by the river in a little tent/Oh, and just like the river, I’ve been runnin’ ever since/It’s been a long time, a long time coming/But I know a change gonna come, oh, yes it will.
15) Detroit Pistons (1-1) : Why, yes, that is Miami and Milwaukee just a game behind the Pistons for the last playoff spot in the East.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
San Antonio Spurs (2-0): Only Congressional action will stop the Spurs from reaching the 50-win mark for a 20th straight season overall and 18th consecutive non-lockout season. By contrast, the entire Atlantic Division, over the same time period, has a total of 10 teams record 50-win seasons as division winners.
TEAM OF THE WEAK
Atlanta Hawks (0-2): The fellas may have had too good a time during All-Star break: Hawks have been drilled by 18 and 19, respectively, in their first two post-break games.
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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