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1. Los Angeles Lakers
We know the Lakers will score plenty of points this season, with LeBron and Anthony Davis, among the league's most explosive offensive players, surrounded by a solid supporting cast. However, it has been LA's defense that has stood out early on this season. The Lakers are currently the only team in the NBA allowing fewer than 100 points per 100 possesions.
2. Boston Celtics
The Celtics finally had their 10-game winning streak snapped Sunday in Sacramento, as Marcus Smart's runner fell off the rim at the buzzer. Boston still has three games left on their current west coast road swing, as they travel to Phoenix on Monday, Los Angeles to take on the Clippers on Wednesday, and finally, in the high altitude of Denver to face the Nuggets on Friday.
3. Milwaukee Bucks
Coming into this season, Wilt Chamberlain was the only player in NBA history to average at least 14 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the same season. Well, Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently averaging 14.3 boards and 6.5 dimes. Oh, and the Greek Freak is scoring over 30 points a night.
4. Houston Rockets
After pumping in 49 points (on a career-high 41 FG attempts) on Saturday, Harden has now increased his scoring average to a mind-boggling 39.5 PPG. The Rockets have played 13 games this season. Harden has scored 39-plus points in eight of those 13 games. He's scored fewer than 29 points just once. Per Basketball-Reference, the only player to score more points over the first 13 games of any season is the aforementioned Wilt Chamberlain.
5. Utah Jazz
The Jazz had won four in a row before a disappointing loss to the Grizzlies on Friday. Utah will look to get back on track this week with a home-and-home vs. the Timberwolves. The Jazz end up the week with two winnable home games, vs. Golden State and New Orleans.
6. LA Clippers
Kawhi Leonard (left knee contusion) has sat out four of the Clippers last nine games and is listed as questionable for Monday's matchup vs. the Thunder. Fortunately for LA, Paul George has looked fresh and is humming offensively. PG-13 is currently averaging 57.3 points on 27.8 FG attempts per-36 minutes this season. The question is when will we see these two studs on the floor at the same time.
7. Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray inked a five-year, $170 million maximum contract extension this summer. On Sunday, he showed why Denver was so willing to commit to Murray going forward, as he poured in a season-high 39 points (14-of-24 FGs), with eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block.
8. Toronto Raptors
The Raptors lost two of the three games they played last week, dropping road contests to the Clippers and Mavs. Nonetheless, they still walked away from their five-game west coast road swing with three wins. They return home this week and play three sub-.500 teams (Hornets, Magic and Hawks).
9. Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo has been a beast all season, but he's been especially productive of late. Over Miami's last five games, Bam is averaging 15.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.2 blocks, while shooting 60 percent from the floor.
10. Philadelphia 76ers
After starting the season with five straight wins, it's been downhill for Philly. The Sixers had lost five of their previous seven contests, before beating the Cavs at home on Sunday. Fortunately for Philadelphia, they play nine of their next 12 games at home, and two of their three road games are against the Knicks and Wizards.
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11. Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes isn't the only Sun to provide some surprisingly strong contributions, especially of late. Over Pheonix's past two games, Dario Saric is averaging 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 treys, while Frank Kaminsky is averaging 17.5 points, 7.5 boards and 2.5 triples.
12. Dallas Mavericks
Over the Mavs last eight games, Luka Doncic is AVERAGING a 30-point triple-double: 30.3 points, 11.6 rebounds and 10.3 assists. Oh, and Luka won't celebrate his 21st birthday until after this season's All-Star break. Is this 20-year old already one of the NBA's ten best players?
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
Coming into this season, Steph Curry was the only player in NBA history to shoot over 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point territory, while attempting more than five treys per game. Well, Karl-Anthony Towns is currently shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 43 percent from downtown, while attempting 8.5 triples a night.
14. Indiana Pacers
Malcolm Brogdon (back) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Nets. It will be the second straight game on the sideline for the Pacers PG, who started the season on fire. The good news for Indiana is that they don't play again until Saturday. It's very rare for a team to have five straight days off, so this certainly comes at a convenient time. Let's hope Brogdon is ready to rock when the weekend arrives.
15. Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz has provided a much-needed spark for the Magic this month. Orlando has won four of their last five games, with their most recent victory coming Sunday vs. Washington. Fultz scored a career-high 19 points vs. the Wizards, making 8-of-10 shots with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes. His steal and dunk in the final minutes sealed the deal for the Magic.