25. Toronto Raptors (24): Can it still be considered an upset if the Mavs were playing without Dirk Nowitzki when the Raps knocked off Big D last Tuesday? Yes, but only when one of the worst teams in the league is missing nearly half of its roster.
24. Detroit Pistons (23): The Pistons continue to lack any true identity, and at this point, every player on their roster could be traded. They have great role players, but no true centerpiece to build around.
23. Charlotte Bobcats (26): Could new Head Coach Paul Silas rekindle the fire that this team had last season? A 2-1 record seems to point in that direction, especially since the loss came by only one point.
22. Los Angeles Clippers (21): The talent is undoubtedly there (Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, Al Farouq-Aminu and DeAndre Jordan), however, the experience is not – and that has been highly visible in the Clips inability to hold onto fourth quarter leads and close out games.
21. Golden State Warriors (22): They’ve won four of their last six, and Dorrell Wright is finding tremendous success on offense in the Warriors up-tempo style of play, averaging 24.6 PPG on 60 percent shooting over his last five games.