NBA Rankings: Warriors, Kings on hard times

April 2, 2012, 11:19 pm
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Both the Warriors (five-game losing streak) and Kings (lost five of last six) have fallen on hard times.

With only 15 games left for the Warriors, is it smarter for the team to lose as many games as possible to give themselves a better chance of keeping their first-round draft pick?

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Are the Oklahoma City Thunder the team to beat?

1 (2)Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder will be title contenders for years to come2 (1)Chicago BullsDerrick Rose hasn't played since March 123 (3)Miami HeatNo worries yet: blowout loss at Boston just a blip4 (4)San Antonio Spurs
Spurs are exactly where coach Gregg Popovich wants them to be5 (5)L.A. LakersThe issue isn't Kobe or Bynum it's Mike Brown6 (7)L.A ClippersWho will coach the Clippers next season?7 (8)Dallas MavericksLamar Odom averaging career-low 6.9 ppg.8 (12)Memphis GrizzliesSlow start for Gilbert Arenas9 (14)Boston CelticsCeltics surging as playoffs near10 (6)Orlando MagicMagic are .500 team the past three weeks11 (9)Indiana PacersRoy Hibbert will get some Most Improved Player consideration12 (10)Atlanta HawksJeff Teague: a backup in starter's role13 (16)Denver NuggetsJaVale McGee about the same as he's always been14 (15)Houston RocketsRockets trying to hold off Suns, Jazz15 (11)Philadelphia 76ersPhilly just 9-14 in their past 23 games16 (170Phoenix SunsSeven of Suns' next eight games are on road17 (13)Utah JazzWrong time for Jazz to hit bump in the road18 (19)Minnesota TimberwolvesIt's now been four years of being no factor for Anthony Randolph19 (18)New York Knicks
Knicks will have to get it done without Lin, Stoudemire20 (20)Milwaukee BucksBucks need to get a move on if they want to make playoffs21 (21)Portland Trail BlazersJ.J. Hickson has new life in Portland22 (26)Detroit Pistons
Is Joe Dumars on hotseat?23 (27)New Jersey Nets
Will Deron Williams stay or won't he?24 (22)WarriorsFrom playoff promises to a race for the bottom25 (24)Cleveland Cavaliers
Another team with little to no incentive to win26 (25)Toronto RaptorsIf Raptors get a top-three pick, will it matter?27 (23)Sacramento KingsIt's Kings' fourth straight year of being bad28 (28)New Orleans Hornets
Kaman, Gordon, Ariza, Okafor all miss recent games29 (29)Washington WizardsCould be wholesale front-office changes coming30 (30)Charlotte BobcatsHow many bona-fide starters are on this roster?