The NBA standings heading into the middle of November has the Golden State Warriors first in the league and they have started off 16-0 and are undefeated after a win against the Denver Nuggets. The Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Dallas mavericks and Atlanta Hawks have started off strong, while the 76ers remain winless.
UPDATE: Warriors won over the Lakers to improve to 16-0.
The Warriors came into the season as NBA champions, but that title win clearly hasn't taken away any motivation for the team this year as they try to repeat. The Warriors have been blowing out most opponents and they also have shown that they can come back against teams, which they did against the LA Clippers. Steph Curry has continued to play at an MVP level and right now he is the favorite for the award after winning it last season. The Warriors lead the Pacific division and they are leading the league in scoring and point differential.
The overall standings coming into Monday night has the Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs both 10-3, while the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are 8-4. All four of those teams have gotten off to strong starts, while the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks are next in the standings. The Knicks have played above expectations and have started 8-6, while the Raptors and Hawks each have nine wins.
There is a large group of teams in the middle of the pack around the .500 mark, including the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets, who are all 7-6 this season. The Grizzlies have started 7-7, while the Jazz are 6-6 ahead of the Clippers and Magic, who both have 6-7 records. The Trail Blazers are next in the standings with six wins and nine losses, while the Timberwolves, Bucks, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings have five wins.
The bottom part of the standings has the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans at 3-11, while the Los Angeles Lakers have two wins and 11 losses. The Philadelphia 76ers are currently the worst team in the league, as they are winless at 0-14. The Raptors have a lead over the Knicks coming into Monday in the Atlantic division, while the Celtics are third ahead of the Nets and Sixers. The Central has the Cavs leading the Bulls, Pacers, Pistons and Bucks, while the Southeast has the Heat, Hawks and Wizards ahead of the Hornets and Magic.
The Northwest division has the OKC Thunder leading the Jazz, Nuggets, Blazers and Wolves, while the Pacific has the Warriors leading the Suns, Clippers, Kings and Lakers. The Southwest division has the Spurs leading the Mavericks, Grizzlies, Rockets and Pelicans heading into the week.