1. Chicago Bulls

Record: 15 - 3
Last Week's Rank: 1
Last Week's Results: L @ Memphis 86-102, (Mon); W Phoenix 118-97, (Tue); W @ Cleveland 114-75, (Fri); W vs. Charlotte 95-81, (Sat)
This Week: vs. New Jersey, Monday (1/23); vs. Indiana, Wednesday (1/25); vs. Milwaukee, Friday (1/27); @ Miami, Sunday (1/29)

Want to know how well the Bulls are playing right now? They beat the Bobcats on Saturday night without Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, AND John Lucas III in the lineup. And they relied on guys like Mike James, Omer Asik, and Brian Scalabrine to pick up the slack. That depth will be key moving forward as NBA teams continue to fight through games on short rest. And once this team actually gets healthy and is playing at full strength, we advise the rest of the league to watch out. 'Cause even though they're in the upper echelon of the NBA rankings already, the Bulls are only going to get better. —Chris Yuscavage