NBA standings 2013: Trail Blazers sit atop loaded Western Conference

Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Western Conference has lived up to the hype thus far this season, while the Eastern Conference has been nothing short of a disaster.

The Western Conference was expected to be especially strong this season, and thus far, it has lived up to its billing. 12 teams are at .500 or better, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are just one game under at 9-10.

While the amount of quality teams in the West is of little surprise, the team that currently sits atop the conference is a shocker. The Portland Trail Blazers, led by LaMarcus Aldridge, are 16-3 and hold a half-game lead over the San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers have several marquee wins on the year, including victories over the Spurs, Indiana Pacers and most recently, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had been riding an eight-game winning streak prior to their loss in Portland.

The Los Angeles Clippers were the lone team in the West playoff picture to take the floor Thursday night and destroyed the Memphis Grizzlies by 20 points in Memphis. With the win, the Clippers are now tied with the Houston Rockets for the fourth-best record in the West.

At the tail end of playoff picture, the Golden State Warriors hold a one-game lead over the Phoenix Suns for the eighth and final spot.

Here are the full West standings:


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Portland Trail Blazers 19 16-3 .842
San Antonio Spurs 18 15-3 .833
Oklahoma City Thunder 17 13-4 .765
Los Angeles Clippers 20 13-7 .650
Houston Rockets 20 13-7 .650
Denver Nuggets 18 11-7 .611
Dallas Mavericks 20 12-8 .600
Golden State Warriors 19 11-8 .579
Phoenix Suns 19 10-9 .526
New Orleans Pelicans 18 9-9 .500
Memphis Grizzlies 18 9-9 .500
Los Angeles Lakers 18 9-9 .500
Minnesota Timberwolves 19 9-10 .474
Sacramento Kings 16 4-12 .250
Utah Jazz 20 4-16 .200

And then there's the Eastern Conference.

There was some hope the East would be better this year, with seemingly four powerhouses at the top and a bunch of up-and-coming teams fighting for the remaining playoff spots. Instead, the conference has turned into a hot mess behind the Pacers and two-time defending champion Miami Heat.

Just how bad are things in the East? Only three teams are at .500 or better and only three teams have a positive point differential. The ninth-place Phoenix Suns would have the third-best record in the East. The eighth-seeded Charlotte Bobcats would be No. 13 in the West. And the 8-12 Boston Celtics are currently the fourth seed in the East because the Atlantic Division is a travesty.

Three of the teams expected to be contenders in the East have been major disappointments. The Chicago Bulls lost Derrick Rose to another major knee injury, although they still hold the No. 7 seed and showed some signs of life in a dominant win over the Heat on Thursday. Meanwhile, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have both been atrocious, combining for a 9-27 record thus far. The Knicks embarrassed the Nets Thursday at the Barclays Center and will hope to use the big win as a springboard to get back in the playoff picture.

Here's the train wreck that is the East:


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
Indiana Pacers 19 17-2 .895
Miami Heat 19 14-5 .737
Washington Wizards 18 9-9 .500
Boston Celtics 20 8-12 .400
Atlanta Hawks 20 10-10 .500
Detroit Pistons 19 9-10 .474
Chicago Bulls 17 8-9 .471
Charlotte Bobcats 19 8-11 .421
Philadelphia 76ers 19 7-12 .368
Toronto Raptors 17 6-11 .353
Orlando Magic 18 6-12 .333
Cleveland Cavaliers 18 6-12 .333
Brooklyn Nets 19 5-14 .263
New York Knicks 17 4-13 .235
Milwaukee Bucks 18 3-15 .167


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