20. Minnesota Timberwolves, (13-15)
Since he was traded to Minnesota, wing Robert Covington has put up 14.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He is averaging 1.09 points per possession on offense during this time. That currently ranks in the 86th percentile among all players, per Synergy Sports.
19. San Antonio Spurs, (15-14)
The Spurs now have a negative net rating when their two best players (LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan) have been on the court. The good news: since returning from injury, rookie guard Lonnie Walker has produced 23.9 points per 36 minutes.
18. Charlotte Hornets, (14-13)
Charlotte’s Kemba Walker ranks No. 3 among all players in ESPN’s Offensive Real Plus-Minus. He has notched 40 points in one game three times this season. As such, the Hornets boast an offensive rating (111.6) ranked No. 3 in the East.
17. Detroit Pistons, (13-13)
With help from Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, the Pistons have one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA. Only the Milwaukee Bucks have a better overall rebound percentage than Detroit (52.0 percent) among teams in the East. That is especially good considering they had the second-worst mark in their conference last season.
16. New Orleans Pelicans, (15-15)
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday has had his hand on 38.3 percent of scoring possessions That trails just five players – James Harden as well as Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, John Wall and Devin Booker. His team has outscored opponents by 12.7 points per 100 possessions when he is on the court with Anthony Davis.
15. Sacramento Kings, (15-12)
The Kings have averaged 1.18 points per possession in transition, which ranks as the most effective among all teams in the NBA. Only LeBron and Kevin Durant have scored more in transition than Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox.
14. Utah Jazz, (14-15)
Big man Rudy Gobert ranks Top 10 in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus and should be an early favorite for NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately for them, however, second-year guard Donovan Mitchell has not shown much improvement following a fantastic rookie campaign.
13. Memphis Grizzlies, (16-11)
Memphis has outscored opponents by 7.2 points per 100 possessions when Marc Gasol and Mike Conley have been on the court at the same time. The Grizzlies have allowed just 93.9 points per 100 when rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. has played alongside Conley. That’s the best among all two-man lineups that have played at least 500 minutes together.
12. Portland Trail Blazers, (15-13)
Portland’s Damian Lillard ranks No. 2 overall in ESPN’s Offensive Real Plus-Minus, behind just Harden. Lillard leads all point guards in Estimated Wins Added and Value Added, too. By all accounts, he’s having an MVP-caliber season.
11. Dallas Mavericks, (15-12)
The Mavericks have the best point differential (+3.1) out of all teams in the NBA when their bench is on the court. Dallas has outscored opponents by 21.8 points per 100 possessions when Devin Harris has been on the court with JJ Barea, Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber.
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