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DA's Top 15 Rankings: Cavs, Warriors, Spurs all make big moves

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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) Cleveland Cavaliers (3-0) [2]: No weaknesses anywhere.

2) Golden State Warriors (4-0) [3]: Dubs running the most lethal Doomsday Machine since the one that ate Commodore Decker.

3) San Antonio Spurs (4-0) [4]: The Spurs are still unbeaten (10-0) on the road after rolling through the East this week on a three-game trip, including their ninth straight win overall, in Washington, on Saturday.

4) LA Clippers (2-2) [1]: Per NBA.com/Stats, Clippers had four of the top seven players in the league in Net Rating (Offensive Rating-Defensive Rating): Blake Griffin, at seven (17.7), DeAndre Jordan, at four (18.4), J.J. Redick, at three (19.1) … and at number one? Of course it’s…Luc Mbah a Moute (20.9).

5) Memphis Grizzlies (3-1) [7]: The Grizzlies are hanging in despite numerous injuries at small forward.

6) Houston Rockets (3-1) [9]: Fiddy threes in a game? I know that’s the way of today’s NBA, but, man.

7) Atlanta Hawks (1-3) [5]: The Hawks getting good minutes off the bench with their Malcolm Delaney-Tim Hardaway, Jr. backcourt combo, whether with rookie Taurean Prince at the three or Thabo Sefolosha in a three-guard lineup.

8) Boston Celtics (2-1) [8]: Al Horford is back, picking and popping to beat the band.

9) Toronto Raptors (2-1) [10]: DeMarre Carroll, shooting 52.3 percent (including 10 of 23 on 3-pointers) on the Raptors’ five-game road trip — he played four of the five games — providing necessary spacing for Lowry and DeRozan.

10) Utah Jazz (2-0) [11]: The Jazz, which have played just seven games at home this season, get eight of their next 10 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

11) Charlotte Hornets (1-3) [6]: Finally get everyone back on the court, and then lose Marvin Williams for at least a week with a hyperextended knee.

12) Chicago Bulls (1-1) [12]: Jimmy Butler currently obliterating his previous career highs in 3-point shooting, making 42.6 percent (23 of 54) behind the arc.

13) Oklahoma City Thunder (2-2) [14]: Victor Oladipo settling in nicely (17.3 ppg, 42 percent on 3-pointers) as Westbrook’s second.

14) New York Knicks (3-1) [NR] : Impressive wins of late over Detroit, Atlanta, Portland and Charlotte.

15) Portland Trail Blazers (1-3) [13]: They just don’t look like a very imposing team right now. Just not good defensively at all.

Dropped out: L.A. Lakers [15]


Golden State (4-0): Straight up hulking fools this week, winning four games by an average — average — of 29.3 points, while scoring 123.3 points per game. Streak of 10 straight games — all wins — with 30 or more assists ended in Saturday’s win over Minnesota, with “only” 25 dimes.


Brooklyn (0-2): Feisty start being lost during six game losing streak; last four by an average 19.8 per game. And no sign of Jeremy Lin, out since the opening week of the season with a hamstring injury.

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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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