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Frank Vogel could be coaching a very familiar team at next month's All-Star Game in New Orleans. Paul George has already been voted in as a starter and Roy Hibbert, David West and Lance Stephenson could all be voted in as reserves.

-- 1. Indiana Pacers (34-8, Last Week 1): Opponents try to keep Roy Hibbert away from the rim, but he still manages to anchor the NBA's best defense.

-- 2. Oklahoma City Thunder (34-10, Last week 4): Winners of six in a row, the last against struggling Boston without Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook.

-- 3. San Antonio Spurs (33-10 LW 3): Kawhi Leonard is out 3-4 weeks, but the Spurs will keep rolling.

-- 4. Portland Trail Blazers (30-9, LW 2): LaMarcus Aldridge wasn't voted an All-Star Game starter by fans, so he took that out on Denver with a career-high 44 points.

-- 5. Miami Heat (31-12, LW 5): Is the inconsistent defense a sign of mental fatigue or just a team that has to find its health and rhythm?

-- 6. Los Angeles Clippers (30-15, LW 6): Chris Paul hopes to return from injury by the All-Star break. His teammates have held the Pacific Division-lead without him.

-- 7. Houston Rockets (29-16, LW 8): Chandler Parsons' exploits can be overshadowed by the presence of James Harden and Dwight Howard.

-- 8. Golden State Warriors (25-16, LW 7): Stephen Curry is second in the NBA in assists per game, but leads the league in turnovers.

-- 9. Phoenix Suns (26-18, LW 10): On a surprising team, Miles Plumlee has to be one of the biggest surprises.

-- 10. Dallas Mavericks (25-20, LW 9): Vince Carter is still capable of scoring outbursts off the bench.

-- 11. Toronto Raptors (22-20, LW 11): The four players acquired from Sacramento have found ways to contribute to the leaders in the Atlantic Division.

-- 12. Memphis Grizzlies (21-20, LW 12): The defense is even better as healthy players return.

-- 13. Atlanta Hawks (22-20, LW 14): Paul Millsap has proven to be one of the better free agent signings.

-- 14. Washington Wizards (21-21, LW 15): Don't forget about Bradley Beal when talking about emerging stars.

-- 15. Chicago Bulls (21-21, LW 16): Joakin Noah and Carlos Boozer are keeping the Bulls afloat amid injuries.

-- 16. Brooklyn Nets: (19-22, LW 17): Winners of 9 of their last 10 games, and Joe Johnson has found his game.

-- 17. Minnesota Timberwolves (21-21, LW 18): Kevin Love earns a starting nod in the NBA All-Star Game, but can T-Wolves get and stay about .500?

-- 18. Denver Nuggets (20-21, LW 13): Danilo Gallinari is out for the season, seriously hurting Denver's chances to make the playoffs.

-- 19. Charlotte Bobcats: (19-26, LW 19): Bobcats continue to keep themselves near the top-8.

-- 20. Cleveland Cavaliers (16-27, LW 21): Kyrie Irving puts up numbers, but the Cavs can't win consistently.

-- 21. New York Knicks (16-27, LW 22): Can Carmelo Anthony's 62-point effort spark the Knicks?

-- 22. Detroit Pistons (17-26, LW 20): Greg Monroe's name is surfacing in trade rumors.

-- 23. Kings (15-27, LW 23): Three players tied or set career highs in scoring in three of the last four games.

-- 24. New Orleans Pelicans (17-25, LW 25): New Orleans' record might keep coaches from voting Anthony Davis into the All-Star Game.

-- 25. Los Angeles Lakers (16-28, LW 24): There was no good health news with Kobe Bryant or Xavier Henry, but Steve Nash might return in the near future.

-- 26. Utah Jazz (14-29, LW 26): Gordon Hayward is averaging a career-high 17.3 points.

-- 27. Philadelphia 76ers (14-29, LW 27): Michael Carter-Williams is a bright spot for the future.

-- 28. Boston Celtics (13-24, LW 28): Rajon Rondo returned from his knee injury for Friday's game against the Lakers, but the Celtics lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

-- 29. Orlando Magic (12-32, LW 29): Tobias Harris is a young player Orlando can build around.

-- 30. Milwaukee Bucks (8-34, LW 30): The Bucks might be rebuilding, but they expect to be this bad?

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