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(Last week’s ranking in parentheses)

1 Phoenix (2): Nash and Marion are only teammates averaging double-double.



2 Seattle (1): Lost $50 million over the past five seasons.


3 San Antonio (3): What happened to Barry? Spurs deny he’s on the block.


4 Miami (7): Six days until the Christmas reunion between Shaq and Kobe.


5 Minnesota (4): Huh? Beat Kings. Lose to Bulls. Beat Blazers. Lose to Raptors.


6 Sacramento (5): Webber is back, averaging 20.5 points, 9.6 rebs., 5.3 asts.


7 Dallas (8): Have used three players at the point in attempt to replace Nash.


8 Lakers (14): Tearful appearance on “Oprah” would repair Kobe’s image.


9 Cleveland (9): Silas may have overreacted in sending Snow to the showers.


10 Detroit (12): Wildly inconsistent. Holding Cavs to 69 reminds many of past.


11 Washington (11): Funny how a star free agent, Jamison, changes everything.


12 Denver (10): Congressman to Stern: Talk to ‘Melo about DVD debut with drug dealers.


13 Orlando (6): Only team averaging over 100 points, allowing over 100 points.


14 Portland (17): Blazers help Cheeks pay $7,500 fine for berating refs.


15 Clippers (14): Lost their winning ways. Have the real Clips finally returned?


16 Indiana (15): Still ranked higher than Artest’s CD, 18,208th on Amazon.com.


17 New York (18): Thomas says Houston, Crawford, Marbury are untouchable.


18 Philadelphia (23): Why haven’t they dealt disgruntled Robinson?


19 Houston (16): Yao leads All-Star voting and is well ahead of Shaq and Garnett.


20 Utah (22): After impressive Olympics, Arroyo struggling to keep job.


21 Boston (20): Payton said he won’t return, so Celtics look to deal him.


22 Memphis (19): Leaning on Gasol, but mediocre 5-4 since Fratello took over.


23 Golden State (21): 38-year-old Robinson took job away from Foyle.


24 New Jersey (25): They got Carter, but Kidd is now on the trading block.


25 Toronto (24): Finally rid themselves of Vinsanity, but Mourning won’t help.


26 Chicago (27): Won consecutive games for the first time this season.


27 Charlotte (28): GM Bickerstaff: Smith will be traded if he wants a trade.


28 Milwaukee (26): Five injured players forces request for roster exemption.


29 Atlanta (29): 0-12 when they allow opponents to score at least 100 points.


30 New Orleans (30): Just three teams have scored 100 points against them.