After two weeks of NBA betting season play, let’s see how the 30 teams in the Association stack up:
# 30 Philadelphia 76ers (0-8)
One bright spot is T.J. McConnell, who is in the league’s top five in assists (7.5 per game).
# 29 Brooklyn Nets (1-7)
The Nets score fewer points than anyone else so far this year.
# 28 L.A. Lakers (1-7)
Byron Scott needs to give his rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell a gentler hand, but Scott is feeling the pressure.
# 27 Denver Nuggets (4-4)
Danilo Gallinari is leading the team with 18.7 points per game, but Emmanuel Mudiay is the most exciting Nugget so far.
# 26 Sacramento Kings (2-7)
The kings were 1-1, but they aren’t anymore. DeMarcus Cousins returns from injury this week, so there’s hope.
# 25 Minnesota Timberwolves (4-3)
One bright spot: opponents only shoot 39.2% against the Wolves, lowest in the NBA.
# 24 New Orleans Pelicans (1-7)
This team should be better than 0-6, thanks to Anthony Davis, which is why they’re still this high.
# 23 New York Knicks (4-5)
Did you think Kristpas Porzingis would be this good already? It’s OK if you didn’t; I didn’t either.
# 22 Charlotte Hornets (4-4)
This team could rise quickly, beating the Bulls by 25 and routing the Mavericks two nights later.
# 21 Phoenix Suns (3-4)
The Suns need better team play if they’re going to get a playoff spot.
# 20 Orlando Magic (4-5)
The Magic are solid so far, playing tight defense and holding opponents to 41% shooting.
# 19 Portland Trail Blazers (4-5)
C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard are a pleasant surprise, leading the league in backcourt scoring.
# 18 Indiana Pacers (5-4)
Paul George has recovered from his broken leg and is contributing mightily at small forward.
# 17 Boston Celtics (3-4)
The Celtics play faster than any other team in the Association. On defense, Marcus Smart is leading the way.
# 16 Dallas Mavericks (4-4)
Dwight Powell, who is part of the Mavericks’ plan at center since DeAndre Jordan resigned with the Clippers, is outscoring Jordan right now.
# 15 Milwaukee Bucks (4-5)
The Bucks have won four in a row, but they’re still the worst rebounders in the NBA.
# 14 Washington Wizards (3-4)
The Wizards turned the ball over a combined 49 times in losses to Atlanta and Boston. John Wall is terrific but is committing five turnovers per night.
# 13 Memphis Grizzlies (3-6)
The Grizzlies got blown out three times in one week.
# 12 Detroit Pistons (5-3)
Reggie Jackson is the one keeping Detroit in the headlines.
# 11 Utah Jazz (4-3)
The Jazz are only permitting 85 points per game, lowest in the NBA.
# 10 Chicago Bulls (5-3)
The Bulls have beaten the Thunder and the Cavaliers…and lost to the Timberwolves.
# 9 Toronto Raptors (6-3)
The Raptors lost to both the Heat and the Magic, but DeMarre Carroll is still a force.
# 8 Miami Heat (5-3)
Dwyane Wade is looking his age, but the bench is keeping the Heat in contention.
# 7 Houston Rockets (4-4)
Formerly 0-3, the Rockets have ridden James Harden to a four-game winning streak.
# 6 L.A. Clippers (5-3)
Chris Paul’s strained groin means the Clips need a good ballhandling distributor.
# 5 Oklahoma City Thunder (5-3)
The Thunder lost three in a row – all to playoff-caliber squads. Westbrook and Durant are still jelling again; this will be a contender.
# 4 Atlanta Hawks (8-2)
The Hawks have won seven straight and might be more talented than we thought. Kent Bazemore dropped 25 in a rout of the Wizards.
# 3 San Antonio Spurs (6-2)
Kawhi Leonard is off to the best offensive start of his career.
# 2 Cleveland Cavaliers (7-1)
After losing in the opener to Chicago, the Cavs have not lost. They might be coasting, but that’s all right for now.
# 1 Golden State Warriors (9-0)
A scary thing: the Warriors are undefeated, and Klay Thompson has yet to score 20 in a game.