19. Phoenix Suns

Record: 4 - 4
Last Week's Rank: 24
Last Week's Results: W @ Golden State, 102-91 (Mon); L @ Dallas, 89-98 (Wed); W vs. Portland, 102-77 (Fri); W vs. Milwaukee, 109-93 (Sun)
This Week: @ L.A. Lakers, Tuesday (1/10; vs. Cleveland, Thursday (1/12); vs. New Jersey, Friday (1/13); @ San Antonio, Sunday (1/15)

Considering they started with a record of 1-3 on Monday, it's been a pretty good week for the Suns who now sit at .500. Blowouts of Blazers and Bucks allowed head coach Alvin Gentry to give more rest to veterans Steve Nash and Grant Hill. In a shortened season with plenty of grueling consecutive game streaks, rest of both former All-Stars will be key to this team hanging around and being competitive this season. But don't let Nash fool you into thinking he can't turn back the clock on these young'ns, dude dropped 17 dimes on the Bucks last night. What up, B.J.? —Ralph Warner