1. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs look like they are on a mission this season to make their way back to the Finals. They have amassed an 11-1 record and Tony Parker looks like he is on his way to another fantastic season. When, not if, Tim Duncan gets things back on track the Spurs are going to be serious contenders once again.
2. Miami Heat
The Heat, though they struggled to some extent earlier in the year are back on track now. They are playing the outstanding defense that made them the best team last season. The Heat are the most efficient scoring team with the highest shooting percentage from the field. If they are making their outside shots and Lebron James is on the floor this team is unbeatable.
3. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are off to a great 11-1 start but they have not really had many wins against premium competition. Their defense is amazing and will continue to be their calling card this season. Paul George has been amazing for them this season and it forcing his name into the MVP conversation.
4. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are an offensive juggernaut this season and behind the excellent play of Chris Paul the sky is the limit for this unit. However, despite all the promises, their defense has been atrocious and without some improvement on that end it's not going to matter how well Griffin and Paul do on the offensive side of the ball.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
The T-Wolves are finally delivering on all their talent and as long as they can stay healthy they are playoff bound for the first time in a long time. Kevin Love is showing that he is one of the best players in the game and with Kevin Martin helping him with the scoring load this team is a hard out for anyone.
6. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have looked like an offensive powerhouse this season and have made a world of improvement on the defensive end. The problem is they are already having problems staying healthy. With Curry suffering a concussion and Iguodala hobbled with hamstring issues this team is very short handed at the moment.
7. Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers have definitely been the biggest positive surprise of this season as they have amassed a 11-2 record. The reason they are so far down the list is their strength of schedule has been so poor. If they can show that they can beat some of the better teams in the league they are destined to shoot up these rankings.
8. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder have been playing very well as of late and seem like they are figuring everything out getting Westbrook back in the lineup. However their defense has not been very good and their offense is very stagnate with Westbrook and Durrant being the sole factors in their offensive success. Their defense must improve as well as their willingness to share the ball.
9. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls look very similar this year to how they looked last season. However if Derrick Rose's right knee injury he suffered against Portland is serious Chicago could be in some serious trouble. Their defense can carry them to some extend but they have to be able to score somehow.
10. Dallas Mavericks
Even though the Mavs missed out on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes they are making more than due with the addition of Monta Ellis. Dirk Nowitzki is killing it this season and seems to have found a fountain of youth. The Mavericks can definitely score the ball but will need to improve on the defensive end if they want to compete with the best teams.
11. Houston Rockets
The Rockets are an incredible offensive team but are pretty one dimensional. You would think that a team that added Dwight Howard would be much better on the defensive end but they are nearly last in the league giving up 105.6 points a night. The effort is there on the boards but they simply must play better on defense.
12. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have found life after Josh Smith to be pretty similar to life with him. They are upper middle with 101.8 points per game on the offensive end and 98.5 allowed on the defensive end. They are excelling at sharing the ball though as they are third in the league with 25.2 assists per game.
13. Memphis Grizzlies
Although they had some serious struggles implementing a new offensive system and adjusting to their new coach the Grizzlies look like they are back to the form they found last season. They are locking up on defense and finding ways to make it work on the offensive side of the ball. Rebounding and defense will make the Grizzlies a tough out for anyone in the league.
14. Phoenix Suns
As one of the most surprising teams in the league Phoenix is showing that they are not nearly as bad as everyone thought they would be. Eric Bledsoe is a high energy scorer and stopper and Dragic is showing that he learned a thing or two from Steve Nash. The Suns find themselves at .500 so far this year and will look to maintain their place in the middle of the pack.
15. Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets probably had the most difficulty adjusting to a new coach but seem to have things under control now. They are still a very tough out at any point on their home court and if theyy can maintain until Gallinari and JaValle McGee can return they will have a chance to make a push for a playoff spot.