20. Milwaukee Bucks (10-15)
Last week — Won at Dallas, lost at San Antonio, lost to Utah
It seems like Brandon Jennings is sophomore-slumping, but he’s actually shooting 2 percentage points higher from the field than his rookie year and scoring more. And yet he’s still under 40% as a shooter.
19. Philadelphia 76ers (11-16)
Last week — Won at New Jersey, beat L.A. Clippers, lost to L.A. Lakers, won at Orlando
Can you imagine how sick Ohio State would be right now with Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger? And with the way Evan’s PT has dropped lately, you know he’s thought about it.
18. Portland Trail Blazers (14-14)
Last week — Lost at Memphis, lost at Dallas, beat Minnesota, beat Golden State
Waiting to see how Brandon Roy and Andre Miller play together once B-Roy comes back from his latest knee troubles. Both guys are usually professionals on the court, but the rumors going around have to play a factor.
17. Memphis Grizzlies (12-16)
Last week — Beat Portland, beat Charlotte, lost at Houston, lost at San Antonio
Zach Randolph had two 20-20 games last week: 25 points and 20 boards against the Blazers, then 24-21 against the Spurs.
16. Houston Rockets (12-15)
Last week — Beat Sacramento, lost at Oklahoma City, beat Memphis, won at Sacramento
Since coming over in the trade, Terrence Williams has played as many minutes for Houston as Yao Ming.
15. Indiana Pacers (12-14)
Last week — Lost at Chicago, lost to L.A. Lakers, beat Cleveland, lost at Boston
For a team that is shaky at best at the power forward position, it looks bad with David West, Zach Randolph and Kevin Garnett coming up on the schedule over the next eight days.
14. Atlanta Hawks (17-12)
Last week — Lost at Detroit, lost at Boston, beat Charlotte, lost at New Jersey
Joe Johnson came back from elbow surgery in two weeks, half the time he was expected to be out. But he’s shooting 30% from the field and 2-for-12 beyond the arc since his return.
13. Phoenix Suns (13-13)
Last week — Beat Minnesota, lost at Dallas, won at Oklahoma City
How far as Vince Carter fallen off in the eyes of the public when his expiring contract is considered his greatest asset?
12. New Orleans Hornets (16-11)
Last week — Lost at Miami, beat Sacramento, beat Utah, lost at Detroit
Chris Paul got a rare head-to-head win over Deron Williams, then followed it up by losing to Will Bynum.
11. Orlando Magic (16-10)
Last week — Lost at Denver, lost to Philadelphia
The new starting five: Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Brandon Bass and Dwight, with Gilbert Arenas leading the second unit.