12. Houston Rockets

Record: 12 - 8
Last Week's Rank: 15
Last Week's Results: W @ Minnesota 107-92, (Mon); L vs. Milwaukee 99-105, (Wed); W vs. Washington 103-76, (Fri); W vs. New York 97-84, (Sat)
This Week: vs. Minnesota, (1/30); @ San Antonio, Wednesday (2/1); vs. Phoenix, Friday (2/3); @ Minnesota, Saturday, (2/4)

Despite their superstar-in-the-making, Kyle Lowry, going ice cold and their top-scorer, Kevin Martin, sidelined with an injury, the NBA's quiet buzzsaw continued their impressive stretch, winning three of their four games last week and nine out of their last ten overall. With major contributions off the bench from Chase Budinger (yes, Chase-fucking-Budinger), Goran Dragic, and Jordan Hill, the Rockets appear to be deeper and more talented than anyone would have expected. —Sean Evans