30. Cleveland Cavaliers (Last Week’s Ranking: 30): Are the Cavs the worst team in NBA history? They have lost 13 in a row, and in that stretch, their margin of defeat is 16.5 points per game. They may win a few more games than the the 1972-73 Sixers or last year’s Nets (barely), but Cleveland is in for a long haul over the second half of the season.
29. Minnesota Timberwolves (29): In the Wolves’ 109-97 win over the Wizards on Thursday, Darko Milicic led the team with 11 rebounds – it marked the first time since Nov. 19 that Kevin Love was not Minnesota’s leading rebounder.
28. Sacramento Kings (28): Sacramento picked up a solid, 10-point win over the Knicks in the Big Apple on Friday night, but the Kings cannot seem to find any cohesiveness, as they are only one of two teams in the NBA still sitting on single-digit win totals.
27. New Jersey Nets (25): Even if they did get Carmelo, how much better would the Nets actually be? Anthony’s running mates would likely be headlined by Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Sasha Vujacic and Jordan Farmar (and maybe Richard Hamilton). It’s tough to see Melo signing off on a deal that sends him to an even worse situation than he is currently in.
26. Washington Wizards (27): It’s too bad the Wizards can’t play all of their games at home. When playing away from the Verizon Center (where they have won 11 of 19), they are a dreadful 0-19. On the bright side, Nick Young is finally starting to come into his own as a scorer.