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30) Cleveland Cavaliers (9-46). What do vacuums, porn stars, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have in common?
29) Toronto Raptors (15-40). Quite possibly the most unexciting team in the NBA. And I’m a Cavs fan.
28) Washington Wizards (15-38). Nick Young can score, JaVale McGee can jump, and John Wall can run. Which puts them ahead of Toronto and Cleveland.
27) New Jersey Nets (17-38). They snapped a 12-game road-losing streak in Charlotte, and Brook Lopez is coming around. But Derrick Favors continues to be average, and rarely do future all-stars not show glimpes of that level of play as rookies.
26) Sacramento Kings (13-38). I’m not sure this is what Paul Westphal had in mind when he asked his team for a little fight. Nevertheless, Cousins is improving, and so are the Kings.
25) Minnesota Timberwolves (13-41). I recently read an article that suggested the Wolves, in an effort to facilitate the Carmelo/Knicks deal, would send out their first rounder in exchange for Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry’s expiring. And the only GM satisfied with his haul in the deal was David Kahn. They’re overachieving.
24) Los Angeles Clippers (20-34). Is Eric Gordon the MVP of the Clippers? The LAC have been struggling of late, and even Blake Griffin has not seemed immune, averaging just 17 points on 47% shooting over his last 5.
23) Detroit Pistons (20-35). 3-7 in their last ten, the Pistons are waiting for a trade that may never happen, or a top draft pick that may never come.
22) Milwaukee Bucks (20-33). This is why you don’t financially max out a mediocre team. Because now, save for the improvement of Brandon Jennings and the return to form of Andrew Bogut (neither of which are progressing at an exceptional rate), this decidedly average Bucks squad has paltry few options in the way of making itself better.
21) Charlotte Bobcats (23-31). On the bright side, they had hands down the most interesting practice of the week.