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Nelson has the Mavs firing on all cylinders. They are the highest scoring team in the league (102.2) with the best record (32-8) despite battling through some key injuries. Nelson also has the defense holding teams to a respectable score, something that couldn't be said last season.
No one expected the Suns to be where they are right now. No one except Johnson. He has guided the maturation process of Amare Stoudemire, has Shawn Marion playing out of his mind and has developed Stephon Marbury into a complete package.
After underachieving last season, Thomas had to prove his worth this season and he has done just that. The Pacers have the best record in the East and are 19-1 at Conseco Fieldhouse. He'll be on the sidelines for the East at the All-Star Game.
Some said last season was the Kings' only shot and they blew it. Adelman has thrown that argument out the window, running teams to death and downing teams like the Lakers and Nets in the process. He also has C-Webb playing like an MVP.
Sloan has taken full advantage of the new zone defense rules and has opposing teams confused and taking bad shots. At the same time, he has Stockton and Malone playing up to their capabilities and putting more points on the board than their opponents.