It’s time for another round of the Grueling Truth’s official NBA Power Rankings. The conversation about MVP is gaining volume among NBA fans and while we still can’t quite envision where (if anywhere) a good half of the league will end up when the regular season is over, certain teams can definitely be thinking about the playoffs. For now, here’s how they stand…

1. Golden State Warriors. They’re 9-1 in their last 10 and are the first team to reach 40 wins. Who’s going to stop these mighty Warriors? In the words of Alicia Keys, “No One”.

2. San Antonio Spurs. They are still the 2nd-best team in the NBA at this point. Kawhi Leonard should be in the conversation for MVP. He has taken over Tim Duncan’s role as the new face of the franchise. Sorry to Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge, but this is Kawhi’s team.

3. Houston Rockets (+3). The Rockets haven’t been playing their best basketball of late but the way the Cavaliers have been struggling, it is only fair to give Houston the edge in this week’s rankings. James Harden is the front runner for MVP this season.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers (-1). While the King continues to whine about his roster, the Cavaliers have gone a woeful 4-6 in their last 10 games. It is extremely disappointing to see the Champs proclaim they need more help. It is only a matter of time until Cleveland makes a deal to get that “playmaker” they need. Shelvin Mack from the Jazz is the recent rumor.

5. Washington Wizards (+4). Right now, the Wizards are probably the 2nd-hottest team in the league and the hottest team in the East. They’re currently only 2.5 games behind the Raptors and Celtics for the no. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

6. Boston Celtics (-1). Boston is on a nice 3-game winning streak and they have tied the Raptors for the no. 2 seed in the East. While there have been trade rumors involving the Celtics all year because of their assets, I don’t think Danny Ainge is going to pull the trigger anytime soon. Especially if he doesn’t get a huge name in return.

7. Utah Jazz (-3). The Jazz have lost 3 of their last 4 games. If you look back to their 6-game winning streak, the Jazz scored 100 points or more in all 6 wins. In their 3 losses, the Jazz failed to reach the century mark. So, what does this mean? It means the Jazz can be a great defensive team all they want, but they have to score close to 100 points per game.

8. Oklahoma City Thunder (+5). The Thunder are playing better basketball and have won 3 in a row but I am concerned how they will play without former Sixth Man of the Year candidate Enes Kanter, who’s out with an injury. Russell Westbrook has been playing out of his mind recently, but he must cut the turnovers down and really take better care of the basketball overall. Especially with the loss of Kanter.

9. Toronto Raptors (-1). Slowly but surely, we are seeing the Raptors for who they really are: A team with a really solid backcourt and good pieces around it. The Raptors should consider making a midseason trade because this current roster is not going to be a real threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers come playoff time.

10. Atlanta Hawks (-3). The backend of the Eastern Conference has started to rack up more losses than wins, and the Hawks have slowly created some distance. They are currently 6 games ahead of the team sitting in the no. 9 spot. {*Bonus Thoughts from Alex*: Props to Paul Milsap for being chosen as an NBA All Star by the coaches over Joel Embiid. He has carried this team to the no. 4 seed in the East and has played every single game this season. Not to mention he has had to deal with multiple trade rumors since the off-season.}

11. Memphis Grizzlies (+1). Marc Gasol was selected to the All-Star game this year and although he is still one of the most overlooked centers in the league, the coaches were aware. The Grizzlies haven’t played their best brand of basketball of late but they’re 7 games above .500.

12. Indiana Pacers (+ 2). The Pacers had quite the week. Paul George called the fans out for booing them in their loss to the Knicks but followed it up with 2 terrific efforts against the Timberwolves and the Kings. Indiana is still one of the most, if not the most inconsistent team in the entire league. Larry Bird is willing to make a trade to bolster this roster.

13. Los Angeles Clippers (-3). Let’s be real. Chris Paul is the reason this team is where it’s at record wise and he was not named an All-Star. Truth is, he wouldn’t have been able to play with his injury but the fact that the Clippers best player was left off but DeAndre Jordan made it is absurd. The Clippers are still hoping to just tread water with this current roster, but if they can somehow get Carmelo from the Knicks they can take this record from good to great.

14. Charlotte Hornets (-3). It is sad that we have SEVENTEEN teams with losing records in the league and only THIRTEEN teams with winning record. So the Hornets are the 8th seed in the East and have lost 4 straight, but out of the remaining 17 teams, they are the most talented. They have to make a deal though.

15. Denver Nuggets (+4). No they are not playing great basketball and although they are 8th in the West it is hard to trust this team. They have some terrific young pieces to build around but I can’t pinpoint what this team is at all. I see them as both buyers and sellers come the deadline.

16. Portland Trailblazers (+4). The Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was once again kept off the All-Star game. If you remember, Dame was left off of last year’s All-Star team and he went on an incredible run to lead his team into the 2nd round of the playoffs. I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw a little Déjà vu.

17. Chicago Bulls (-2). Despite the drama within the locker room the Bulls are still the 7th seed in the East. My biggest concern is the way they have been playing though. They look like a team that is going to implode anytime now if a deal isn’t made.

18. Philadelphia 76ers. Although Embiid didn’t make the All-Star Game, the 76ers have won 7 of their last 10. They are only 6 games out of the 8th seed. That’s right, only 6 games out. The way this season has been going in the Eastern Conference, anything is possible.

19. Milwaukee Bucks (-2). They’re not too far out of the playoff picture right now but they have been horrible in their last ten games going 2-8. The Greek Freak can only do so much and we have to remember, he is extremely young. This is a lot to ask a 21 year old All-Star to do.

20. Detroit Pistons (-4). We haven’t heard much about the Pistons this season and it was believed by many that they would be a top 6 team in the East. They still have time to turn it around but the way they’ve played lately indicates they will be on the outside looking in at the end of the season.

21. New Orleans Pelicans (+1). They had a huge win over the Spurs this week and the truth is, they have the most talent in the bunch that’s fighting for the 8th and final spot in the West. Anthony Davis is a beast and it will be interesting to see where exactly he takes this team if he and the rest of the Pelicans roster can stay healthy.

22. Miami Heat (+4). Although we know this isn’t their year, they have gone on a shocking 7 game winning streak with key wins over Golden State, Houston and Chicago. Let’s not talk about the bad this week.

23. Minnesota Timberwolves. They’ve won 4 of 5 and probably have the most talented roster from top to bottom when comparing them to the Pels, Blazers and Nuggets. They have been shopping Rubio and if they can turn that into value they will be in much better shape.

24. Sacramento Kings (+4). Although they lost Gay, they have won 3 of their last 4. One of those wins was against the Cavaliers too. It is good to see coach Joerger pushing his team to play at a high level despite their roster depth.

25. New York Knicks (-4). Derrick Rose is out with an ankle injury. Carmelo is being pushed out by Phil Jackson. Joakim Noah can’t even hit the rim on a free throw and the Knicks are just the most toxic organization in the league right now. If they can deal Melo and start building around Porzingis and start this whole thing over, it might be in their best interest. However, they still have to pay Noah 17 million for 3 more years. Terrific signing there Phil. Stay tuned for the weekly reality show that is the New York Knicks.

26. Orlando Magic (-2). They have been actively shopping almost all of their big guys this season and they have to understand that things haven’t gone the way they planned. They have a terrific motivator in coach Vogel, but you can only get so far with motivation. They have a lot of work to do in Orlando.

27. Dallas Mavericks. I really like the way Harrison Barnes has been playing lately. He isn’t a top 25 player in the NBA and his max contract was indeed an overpay by the Mavs, but truth is, he goes out and does all he can every night. He was the step brother of the Warriors so I am glad to see him somewhere he is wanted and is asked to do more than be a spot up shooter for Steph.

28. Los Angeles Lakers (-3). What we see in LA is the inability to win games. They are 2-8 in their last 10. They are not a good defensive team and they have to consider trading some of their young talent. I am not a fan of Julius Randel’s game and I think they should shop Randel and Williams to see if they can get something worth value to play with Ingram for the future. Regardless, this is a team in rebuild mode.

29. Phoenix Suns. I think it is safe to say that the Suns are years away from being a team we can take seriously. They have unproven young talent and it is extremely hard to gauge what they can do on a consistent basis.

30. Brooklyn Nets. Yaaaaaaaawwwwwwwn. Still sitting under double digits in the win column and there is nobody on that team that is worth turning your TV on for to watch. Do I really need to say anything else about this horrific team?