The basketball world lost a legend on Sunday when Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash.
Honors for Bryant's life and legacy have been received across the world and beyond.
In his honor, we divided the list this week into eight levels, since Bryant No. 8 appeared for the first time as a professional.
It's a broken record now, but the Milwaukee Bucks are the league's best team alone, with no signs that this will ever change.
There is little chance that next week's trading deadline will mess things up a bit, but that's more wishful thinking than anything else. The dollars are just good and it seems like we only learn something new about them in the postseason.
All five of these teams are hot right now, but none other than the Toronto Raptors, who have won seven consecutive times and have a schedule for this week against Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls ,
That sounds like 11 wins in a row to us, and the Raptors have a good chance that they will stick to No. 2 in the east in the future.
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Of this group of six, the Philadelphia 76ers are the most interesting team, especially because we don't know what they will look like when All-Star Center Joel Embiid is back in the lineup after a finger injury.
In his absence, Ben Simmons was incredible with an average of 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists while shooting 65.3 percent of the field. It is really remarkable how much better and free Simmons plays without an embiid, and again raises the question of whether these two immense talents can actually play with each other.
The knowledge gained so far indicates that they cannot, but may be inspired by this dynamic of the strong game. Simmons will be able to continue this even if Embiid returns.
Both teams have had some problems lately as the Boston Celtics have lost 5: 5 and Rockets 4: 6 in their last 10 games.
It was generally a contradicting month in which both teams deteriorated and injuries such as Jayson Tatum and Enes Kanter for Boston and alarmingly James Harden, Clint Capela and Russell Westbrook in Houston.
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Can Zion Williamson lead the New Orleans Pelicans into the playoffs? So far, the answer to this question has been a clear "maybe".
The pelicans have been in the 1-2 place with Williamson so far, but on Sunday Williamson got a deep look at the rules when head coach Alvin Gentry properly conceded his minutes.
The Pelicans defeated the Celtics on Sunday, strengthened by Williamson's 21 points and 11 rebounds, including the last eight points from New Orleans, which secured the win.
Williamson is limited to one minute, and on Sunday Gentry managed to find the perfect balance that allowed his star rookie to finish the game. If the pelicans continue like this, the 4.5 games and four teams they need to move into the postseason will shrink.
Don't look now, but the Brooklyn Nets are in free fall after only winning three times in January.
Of course this coincided with Kyrie Irving's injury, but the Nets have had him back since mid-January and it didn't matter much.
Despite this decline, Brooklyn still holds 8th place in the east, which is certainly the talent, but maybe not the mental strength, considering how badly this month has gone.
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All-Star reserves will be announced on Thursday, and many expect the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl Anthony cities to be a block on the team.
Sure, Towns has another remarkable season of its own, but was only able to bring it to penultimate place in the Western Conference ranking.
Of course, team success shouldn't be the only indicator of who can be an all-star. In this case, Towns was not named as a starter. So why should you reward him when there are players who have contributed more? actually win this season?
This lonely team in Tier 8 has nothing good to offer.
The Golden State Warriors are the only team in the NBA without at least 11 wins, and with reports that Stephen Curry may be back by March 1, there is a chance that the Dubs have not yet achieved the 11th win he comes back.