RANKNAMETeam# GamesAnalysis
1Stephen CurryGSW4You can’t keep a good man down, especially when that man is the best shooter in the NBA and reigning MVP.
2Russell WestbrookOKC4Westbrook and Kevin Durant have both been productive when on the court together. Neither hinders the other.
3Kyle LowryTOR4Lowry has been utilizing his pull-up jumper heavily and is often left open because of his quickness on offense.
4Chris PaulLAC3With Blake Griffin (Knee) hurt, the Clippers have been playing smaller thus giving Paul more shot opportunities.
5John WallWSH3The Wizards front-court has been hurt all year and with Bradley Beal still out, Wall is forced to play at the key and rely on the pick and pop for him to get open.
6Mike ConleyMEM4It is great seeing Conley drive the lane more. He is good at fooling his competition into thinking he will drive and then pass off, but instead takes it to the hole.
7Rajon RondoSAC4Rondo’s shot selection has been better and has been focusing on being a true point guard and is always in line for a big assist game.
8Damian LillardPOR4MINOR INJURY CONCERN (Foot): When Lillard is on the court he is a very reliable scoring option. His foot still is not 100 percent so there is a chance he may miss a game or two this week.
9Kemba WalkerCHA4Just like the Clippers, the Hornets have had to resort to small ball and Walker has taken full advantage of the situation. Some possessions don’t involve any passes.
10Isaiah ThomasBOS4The Celtics offense moves a lot quicker with Thomas on the floor and Thomas is good a making the first entry pass and then bolting to an open part of the court in which he is able to get an open jumper.
11Reggie JacksonDET3Jackson continues to be a solid combo-guard and with the Pistons' mid-range game and forward production inconsistent, Jackson has had to become a primary scoring weapon.
12Ricky RubioMIN4Rubio is an excellent passer, but when he can shoot over 43 percent, he is very effective and will take shots out of Kevin Martin’s hands.
13Jeff TeagueATL3Teague has one of the most effective tear drop’s in the league and is not afraid to draw contact. Teague has shown how good his leading bounce pass has been as he is able to connect with Paul Millsap or Al Horford as they cut.
14Elfrid PaytonORL4Any double digit scoring effort from Payton should be considered a bonus as he is committed to keeping the Magic’s offense up-tempo and being a true pass-first point guard.
15Michael Carter-WilliamsMIL4With the Bucks healthy again, Carter-Williams might be seeing less shots. In order to get more plays on offense that end with him, he will need to more aggressively drive and/or shoot over 40 percent.
16Derrick RoseCHI3The Bulls have been giving Rose a bit of a longer leash because he has been able to stay on the court and when he is on the court, the Bulls offense runs primarily through him even with Jimmy Butler on the court with him.
17George HillIND4The blonde hairdo has seemed to add a bit more aggressiveness to Hill’s game as he is excellent at working his way inside and he has been a reliable spot-up shooter.
18Mo WilliamsCLE4New week, same story; when LeBron James draws the double-team, Williams is often left with an open shot and surprisingly a wide-open lane.
19Deron WilliamsDAL3MINOR INJURY RISK (Hamstring): Williams is a good shooter when he is 100 percent healthy, but will play more tentatively as he continues to heal from his hammy injury.
20Emmanuel MudiayDEN3The Nuggets need that secondary offensive spark, and Mudiay is excellent at running the floor, but has not been able to shoot consistently. If he can develop a pull up jumper when on the break, he will develop nicely. 


RANKNAMETeam# GamesAnalysis
1James HardenHOU3Coach Harden will continue to fill up the stat-sheet and be involved in every single play.
2C.J. McCollumPOR4This is most likely McCollum’s last week as the primary scoring weapon on the Blazers as Lillard should be 100 percent in a week.
3Gordon HaywardUT5The Jazz are hurting up front and Hayward has five chances this week to prove whether or not he can be a No. 1 scoring option.
4DeMar DeRozanTOR4DeRozan drives the lane with tenacity, but that sometimes leads to him getting caught in traffic and loss of possession. His mid-range jumper has been on point.
5Jimmy ButlerCHI3Playing time will never be an issue for Butler, but shot opportunities will be with Rose getting more playing time.
6Dwyane WadeMIA4Wade has been able to stay healthy and is the Heat’s primary scoring option from the outside. When Chris Bosh rotates outside, Wade utilizes his ball-handling skills and is able to utilize his mid-range game.
7Goran DragicMIA4Dragic has been more effective as he has been shooting less. Dragic has been penetrating more and is surprisingly seeing success driving to the basket more.
8Kobe BryantLAL4As long as Kobe is on the court, he gets as many shots as he wants and the keys to whatever city he is visiting for that game.
9Klay ThompsonGSW4Thompson looks better than ever as he has resumed his role as the secondary jump-shooting option to Curry.
10Victor OladipoORL4Oladipo needs to stay out of the corner when he has possession with the ball as he often runs into trouble. Oladipo has amazing hang time when in the air and should utilize his drive game more.
11Brandon KnightPHX2With Eric Bledsoe (knee) done for the year, Knight becomes the primary scoring weapon and we will see if Knight can adjust to getting a lot more attention from the opposition.
12Joe JohnsonBKN4Johnson continues to take two steps inside the key and burn opponents with his mid-range game.
13Nicolas BatumCHA3MINOR INJURY RISK (Toe): Batum’s shot was on until he hurt his toe and has been considered a game-time decision in recent games. Even when on the court with this injury, Batum has looked uncomfortable.
14Trevor ArizaHOU3It is hard to tell whether or not Ariza will score in double-figures, but he plays excellent perimeter defense and playing time is certainly on his side.
15Eric GordonNO3Gordon has been hanging outside the key a lot and see’s a lot of success when he is open from 4-feet beyond the key. When he is guarded, it is hard from him to drive inside.
16Kentavious Caldwell-PopeDET3Caldwell-Pope works hard for his playing time and is not afraid to drive in and sacrifice his body. He has a very reliable corner jumper as well.
17Tyreke EvansNO3Evans is one of the biggest ball-hogs in the league, but should be commended for his driving ability. He takes a ton of contact.
18Monta EllisIND4Ellis has been an excellent change of pace player as he speeds up the Pacers offense. He is golden if his shot is on as his lane-driving ability never should be questioned.
19Kevin MartinMIN4Martin is quick and is successful when he is on the opposite side of the court than Ricky Rubio as Rubio can hit Martin in the corner if he can see him with an open area.
20Kyle KorverATL3Korver will always get the shot opportunities but, seems to be more successful right inside the key than outside. The problem is, he is getting paid to shoot from beyond the arc and will continue to be utilized that way. 


RANKNAMETeam# GamesAnalysis
1Kevin DurantOKC4Looking like his old self and has been getting more aggressive inside grabbing boards.
2Paul GeorgeIND4Excellent two-way player who has been one of the most reliable scorers this season. George is very dynamic as he has tremendous ball-handling skills.
3LeBron JamesCLE4James has not been putting up the stat-lines that we are used to seeing from him consistently. James has been able to score, but it seems like his rebound and assist numbers are down.
4Carmelo AnthonyNYK4One of the best isolation players in the game on a team that is trying their best to limit isolation plays. Anthony is an underrated rebounder as well.
5Kawhi LeonardSAS3Leonard is the main consistent scoring option on the Spurs and their best defender. He limits his opposition to working their way inside via the post and that is never easy to do because it is easy to double team in the post.
6Thaddeus YoungBKN4With Jarrett Jack out for the season, Young will have the ball in his hands more and will need to utilize his post and mid-range shooting game. He has been a prominent perimeter defender.
7Tobias HarrisORL4When Harris is able to work his way inside he is hard to defend because he has the ability to float the ball in with one hand. He is very patient when he has the ball as he will always look to work inside first before settling.
8Rudy GaySAC4Gay continues to provide consistency from the top of the key. He is the most consistent shooter on the Kings and gets a lot of time with the ball.
9Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL4The good think about the Greek Freak is that he can play multiple positions and his lanky frame is a desirable feature because it makes it hard for his opposition to get open looks.
10DeMarre CarrollTOR4Carroll’s defense is always strong but it is hard to tell how involved offensively he will be per night. When Lowry and DeRozan are doubled he is often left open and can knock down the open jumper.
11Andrew WigginsMIN4Wiggins is a fantastic scorer for the Wolves, but that is all he does. Wiggins needs to follow his shots more and try to get rebounds.
12Danilo GallinariDEN3We all know that Gallinari has a smooth jumper, but he also has the frame and skills to drive inside. He needs to drive the lane more and draw contact.
13Khris MiddletonMIL4Middleton has been an excellent mid-range option and with the Bucks forwards in and out of the lineup, Middleton has been getting more playing time.
14Al-Farouq AminuPOR4Aminu’s offensive ability maybe a bit on the raw side, but his fundamentals and ability to play bigger than he is keeps in on the court.
15Wes MatthewsDAL4Matthews has a very reliable corner jumper and he will work his way into the post. The Mavs have a lot of shooters, but he is a starter and gets more playing time.
16Jae CrowderBOS4Excellent defender and lane driver. Crowder has definitely improved his high post play and if he has the mis-match he is not afraid to shoot a turnaround jumper.
17Marcus MorrisDET3Morris is good at setting the first screen and then setting up in the post. It is hard to tell whether or not he will have a big game because his jumper is not as consistent.
18Ersan IlyasovaDET3He has the ability to draw the bigger defenders outside because of his long-range shooting. He does not play as much inside as he used to.
19Jeff GreenMEM4Green’s defense alone keeps him in games. When his jumper is on and gets the open lane, Conley will keep feeding him the ball.
20Chandler ParsonsDAL4Very hard to gage how much playing time Parsons will get. His jumpers MUST be falling or else he will play under 25 minutes per night.


RANKNAMETeam# GamesAnalysis
1Anthony DavisNO3Davis has finally started playing more inside and his stats reflect that. He is needed much more inside than outside
2Draymond GreenGSW4Green has been one of the most dynamic Forward’s this season as he can burn his opposition, inside, outside, in the post, from distance and has played great defense.
3Paul MillsapATL3Millsap continues to cut well inside and has been a terrific post player and gives the Hawks second-chance scoring opportunities.
4LaMarcus AldridgeSAS3Aldridge has been working in the post more rather than setting up outside and has the ability to his the pull up jumper.
5Kevin LoveCLE4Love has been reliable on both sides of the ball. He has been shooting more from downtown, but is able to follow his own shots and grab a ton of rebounds.
6Derrick FavorsUT5INJURY CONCERN (Back): This whole situation is tough to gage because, Favors back is really bothering, but he is the only Forward on this list with five games this week. We don’t know how many games he will play.
7Chris BoshMIA4Bosh has transitioned to more of a jump shooter since joining the Heat five years ago and some still have not received the memo to guard him outside.
8Pau GasolCHI3Ever since Gasol started playing in the post again, he has seen a ton of success and it is hard to stop him once he has a step in the paint after receiving the ball in the post.
9Greg MonroeMIL4Monroe is back and healthy and has been a reliable double-double machine this year and the Bucks are a bit weak in their frontcourt.
10Serge IbakaOKC4Ibaka has been an excellent mid-range player and plays stifling defense. He can always be counted on to get multiple blocks.
11Dirk NowitzkiDAL4Nowtizki’s shot form still looks the same and it is hard to guard because he often releases the ball as he is coming down. His opposition needs to time their jumps just right to contest his shots.
12Kristaps PorzingisNYK4Dirk 2.0 has been killing his opposition from long range and even though he needs to bulk up, he has been aggressive inside.
13Zach RandolphMEM4Randolph is a very consistent rebounder and great at scoring from right under the basket. It is hard to box him out of the low post.
14Tim DuncanSAS3Duncan can still play the low-post very well and is constantly in line to get a lot of rebounds. Scoring is a lot harder for him these days.
15Robert CovingtonPHI4Covington is a good combo-forward and is good at running the floor on transition. The Sixers need to feed him inside more.
16Kenneth FariedDEN3It takes a certain amount of toughness to be taken out of the game via stretcher and then play the next night and Faried is tough on the glass.
17Marvin WilliamsCHA4This could very well be the last time Williams makes this list for awhile is he continues to not take the opportunity to produce with Al Jefferson once again out of the lineup. Shame on him!
18Jared SullingerBOS4Sullinger bulldozes his way down the lane and has a decent low post game. Sullinger has been a very reliable rebounder this season.
19Nikola MiroticCHI3Mirotic is beginning to learn that he needs to use his big body in the post and not always set up outside. He has pulled the disappearing act in games when his jumper isn’t falling.
20Markieff MorrisPHX2One of the biggest “What If’s” in the league because he is constantly at odds with the Suns management. He is tough, has a big body and is an enforcer inside when on the court.


RANKNAMETeam# GamesAnalysis
1DeMarcus CousinsSAC4The best center in the league has four games and has no other competition on his team for playing time.
2Andre DrummondDET3Drummond continues to dominate the low post and is excellent at timing his jumps for rebounds and put backs.
3Al HorfordATL3Like Millsap, Horford has been cutting really well and gets a great entry pass from Teague. Horford has a very reliable long-range jumper.
4Nikola VucevicORL4Vucevic may be the best post player in the game today. He has excellent moves in the post to work inside, a baby hook and jumper and good at faking out his opponents.
5Marc GasolMEM4Gasol has been a very productive Center this season and his dynamism confuses his opposition because we don’t know whether he will play more inside or outside.
6Hassan WhitesideMIA4Whiteside is very raw offensively but one of the most aggressive players in the leagues and pulls down a ton of rebounds consistently.
7Karl-Anthony TownsMIN4Towns was absolutely the right pick for the Timberwolves at first overall because of his ability to dribble, drive and shoot from the outside. He has excellent footwork in the post.
8Dwight HowardHOU3Howard is starting to realize that he is a huge guy and should be playing more inside. It is hard to box him out from under the rim.
9DeAndre JordanLAC3Jordan’s offensive game is a bit unreliable, but he has tremendous leaping ability and can be counted on for rebounds and blocks. With Blake Griffin out, he will pick up more minutes.
10Jahlil OkaforPHI4Excellent in the post and has a mid-range jumper, but the Sixers do not know how to use him when other BIGS are on the floor. He doesn’t know where to set up in the post.
11Brook LopezBKN4Same week, same story; Lopez is an excellent shooter, but he is 7-foot-1 and needs to learn how to rebound inside. It is a constant struggle.
12Nerlens NoelPHI4Speaking of constant struggles, where oh where does Noel fit on the court? Where should he post up when Okafor is out there? The world (or at least Philly) may never know.
13Ryan AndersonNO3Anderson is being showcased with the trade deadline a little over a month away. He is a very reliable outside shooter and can drive inside.
14Marcin GortatWSH3Gortat’s involvement offensively per game is unknown, but, with the Wizards frontcourt hurt, playing time is at his disposal.
15Zaza PachuliaDAL4Pachulia has shown that he has a good mid range and low post game and is still the only member of his team that focuses on rebounding.
16Tristan ThompsonCLE4Thompson has not been playing in the paint as consistently because of lack of offensive ability in the post. He can and has controlled the paint from a rebounding standpoint.
17Enes KanterOKC4Kanter has an excellent long-range jumper but needs to improve his post play down low. When a hand is near his face he passes off instead of shooting.
18Gorgui DiengMIN4Dieng has been reliable on the low block and has served as the fallback option when Towns drive to the basket is stopped. Dieng is a reliable rebounder.
19Mason PlumleePOR4Plumlee is another Center that is in a situation in which he controls his own destiny. The Blazers big man depth is horrible and Plumlee needs to work on his post game.
20Andrew BogutGSW4Bogut is very reliable and hard to box out inside. It is hard to tell how many minutes he will get per game, because when the Warriors speed things up, it’s not good for the slower Bogut.