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NBA standings 2012: Suns struggling in Western Conference

Examining the NBA standings a little more than one month into the season.

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The Phoenix Suns knew things would not be easy as they transitioned out of the Steve Nash era. Now 20 games into the season, Phoenix has a record of 7-13 and is falling behind in a tough Western Conference.

As of Saturday, Dec. 8, Phoenix sits in 13th place in the Western Conference. They're currently three games back of a playoff spot, although there are numerous teams ahead of them. In the Pacific Division, the Suns are in fifth place. They are six games back of the Clippers, and only the Kings are behind them in the standings.

As for the rest of the league, the Memphis Grizzlies surprisingly have the best record at 14-3. In the Eastern Conference, it's the New York Knicks that hold a slight lead atop the standings with a 14-4 record.

The worst team in the NBA? That would be the Washington Wizards, which have just two wins and 14 losses.

Here is a full look at the Western Conference standings.

Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Memphis Grizzlies 17 14-3 .824
Oklahoma City Thunder 20 16-4 .800
San Antonio Spurs 20 16-4 .800
Los Angeles Clippers 18 12-6 .667
Golden State Warriors 19 12-7 .632
Utah Jazz 21 11-10 .524
Denver Nuggets 20 10-10 .500
Minnesota Timberwolves 18 9-9 .500
Houston Rockets 18 9-9 .500
Dallas Mavericks 19 9-10 .474
Los Angeles Lakers 20 9-11 .450
Portland Trail Blazers 19 8-11 .421
Phoenix Suns 20 7-13 .350
Sacramento Kings 18 6-12 .333
New Orleans Hornets 18 5-13 .278