18. Cleveland Cavaliers

Record: 4 - 4
Last Week's Rank: 23
Last Week's Results: W vs. New Jersey, 98-82 (Sun); W vs. Charlotte, 115-101 (Tue); L @ Toronto, 77-92 (Wed); W @ Minnesota, 98-87 (Fri); L @ Portland, 78-98 (Sun)
This Week: @ Utah, Tuesday (1/10); @ Phoenix, Thursday (1/12); @ L.A. Lakers, Friday (1/13)

We have to admit: We've been pleasantly surprised by the Cavs so far this season. Are they going to be playing lower-tier talent like the Nets, Bobcats, and T'Wolves all season? Obviously not. Is a team that's being led in PPG by Antawn Jamison headed to the playoffs? We doubt it. Does anyone outside of Kyrie Irving make us want to tune into a game? Heeeeeeell no. But the Cavs have shown that, if nothing else, they're going to try and be competitive this season. And that's more than we can say for a lot of the bottom-dwellers in the NBA. You've got a lot of heart, Cleveland. Keep the surprises coming.—Chris Yuscavage