"Mind the gap" is something savvy subway travelers always take to heart. It's also sound advice when studying the NBA's current hierarchy.
Three teams stand above the rest when examining the league's best right now. The Warriors have three fewer losses than everyone in the league. The hard-charging Hawks hold a 3.5 game lead on the rest of the Eastern Conference. And the Blazers notched their NBA-best 30th win of the season on Sunday.
On the other side of the spectrum are the Knicks, Manhattan's lovable loser. New York has managed to lose 35 of its last 40 games, giving the team a four-game "lead" on the 76ers in the East cellar. Judging by the way the Knicks have played of late, it's going to take divine intervention for that team to release its stranglehold on No. 30 in these rankings.
Dethroning the Warriors, Hawks and Blazers won't require a deity's involvement, but it will require quite the run, as the trio has distanced itself from the rest of the pack. With the NBA's middle class growing each week, let's take a look at where all 30 teams stand in this week's NBA Power Rankings.
(All stats and records through Jan. 11)