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DA's Top 15 Rankings: Cavs, Warriors, Spurs all make big moves
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) : No weaknesses anywhere.
2) Golden State Warriors (4-0) : Dubs running the most lethal Doomsday Machine since the one that ate Commodore Decker.
3) San Antonio Spurs (4-0) : 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) : 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) : The Grizzlies are hanging in despite numerous injuries at small forward.
6) Houston Rockets (3-1) : Fiddy threes in a game? I know that’s the way of today’s NBA, but, man.
7) Atlanta Hawks (1-3) : 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) : Al Horford is back, picking and popping to beat the band.
9) Toronto Raptors (2-1) : 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) : 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) : 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) : 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) : 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) : They just don’t look like a very imposing team right now. Just not good defensively at all.
Dropped out: L.A. Lakers 
TEAM OF THE WEEK
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.
TEAM OF THE WEAK
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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