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1. Los Angeles Lakers (12-2): Once again, the Lakers are right atop the conference and will remain there.
2. San Antonio Spurs (12-1): The Spurs are having a ridiculously good start to the season, and they will continue to play well until the end.
3. Utah Jazz (10-5): The Jazz did a fantastic job to replace Boozer, Korver and Brewer, and they have come out victorious in four consecutive games this season that were dubbed impossible to win by everyone in the crowd.
4. New Orleans Hornets (12-2): The Hornets have surprised the league by getting off to a strong start after the CP3 trade talk, and they will continue to surprise, getting safely into the playoffs.
5. Oklahoma City (10-4): The Thunder haven't started in the fantastic way most were expecting, but they have won impressive games in Utah and Boston, both without KD.
6. Denver Nuggets (8-6): They've started off very averagely, but they have a young, talented team and know they need to deliver in order to keep Carmelo next year.
7. Dallas Mavericks (8-4): Dallas has one of the most talented teams in the world on paper, but they need to develop some chemistry if they want to get to the top of the league.
8. Phoenix Suns (7-7): An aging team gears up for one last playoff run, this time, without Amare Stoudemire.
9. Portland Trail Blazers (8-6): Injuries to Brandon Roy, Greg Oden and more key players will lead to a let down year in Rip City, probably leading to some impulsive roster re-arrangement.
10. Houston Rockets (3-10): The Rockets will go on a great late-year run, but it will be too little too late after their terrible start.
11. Golden State Warriors (7-7): The Warriors have been pretty good so far, but they need more talent to get back to the playoffs.
12. Sacramento Kings (4-9)
13. Memphis Grizzlies (5-9)
14. Los Angeles Clippers (2-13)
15. Minnesota Timberwolves (4-11)