The NBA season is in full swing as players and teams alike start to settle in on the court with the calendar flipping over to December after an exciting start to the year.
The elite teams are flexing their muscles as they emerge through the first quarter of the season. As a result, some clubs are beginning to separate themselves in the standings. Elsewhere, others are starting to figure things out after slow starts.
To make further sense of it all, Rookie Wire took a look at the NBA and ranked each team from worst to first. We come back each week and provide our latest assessment of the best teams and those that are rising.
Last Rank: 29
The Spurs‘ losing streak has reached 11 games. The low point of the week was likely on Wednesday when they blew a 20-point lead to the Thunder and were outscored 59-34 in the second half. The team is also closing in on setting the franchise record for the longest losing streak of 13 games during the 1988-89 season. In other words, the tanking efforts for Victor Wembanyama are well on track.
Last Rank: 28
The Magic enter play on Monday having lost eight straight games, their longest losing streak of the season. The team begins a five-game homestand on Monday with the Bucks and will be looking to get back on track in the friendly confines of Amway Center.
Last Rank: 30
The Pistons picked up a surprising win in overtime over the Mavericks on Thursday. But, other than that, they have struggled after losing four out of their last five games.
Last Rank: 27
Houston has gone 3-3 over its last six games and recently defeated the Suns by one point on Friday. There is more good news: Rookie Jabari Smith Jr. appears to be snapping out of a cold streak to start the season. He is averaging 13.2 points and seven rebounds on 41.9% shooting from 3-point range over his last 10 games.
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Last Rank: 26
If you overlook the Hornets‘ recent 35-point loss to the Celtics, they look to be turning things around a bit. They have gone 3-2 over their last five games and are staying afloat without LaMelo Bell. The team has a tough upcoming road this week (vs. Clippers, at Nets, vs. Knicks, at Sixers) so we’ll…