Point Guard

RANK NAME Team # Games Analysis
1 Luka Doncic DAL 3 Doncic doesn't have a full slate, but, there's a chance that his usage could still remain at an all-time high if Kristaps Porzingis sits for another game and he's been able to dominate in multiple categories.
2 Damian Lillard POR 4 The Blazers front-court continues to get hurt and that just means an even bigger piece of the offensive pie is going to Lillard who remains the prioritized scorer for Portland. 
3 Ben Simmons PHI 4 Simmons should see less crowded lanes for the next week or two while Joel Embiid recovers. He'll have more time with the ball and he can focus on driving and let other teammates handle shooting.
4 Kemba Walker BOS 4 Walker hasn't looked back since returning from being sick and he'll have the most time with the ball and the Celtics have a full slate this week and there are enough shots to go around.
5 Chris Paul OKC 4 Paul has elevated his game in the last month. He's making more of an impact from a scoring and distributing standpoint. It's looking like Paul will be with the Thunder for the duration of the season. 
6 Kyrie Irving BKN 3 Irving returned to action in the Nets previous game, but, don't be surprised if they let him sit for a game this week just to protect his health. The Nets are vying for a playoff spot and they need him.
7 Trae Young ATL 3 INJ: Young missed his previous game with an Hamstring injury and his status for his next game on Tuesday is currently up in the air.
8 Malcolm Brogdon IND 4 INJ: Brogdon's Back is feeling better, but, he's sick now and he may have to miss his first game of his full slate on Monday night. 
9 Russell Westbrook HOU 3 Westbrook has focused on driving a lot more this season than shooting because the Rockets are very top-heavy. Westbrook isn't a good shooter, but he'll provide help with boards and dimes too. 
10 Kyle Lowry TOR 3 Lowry now has a bit more competition for shots with both Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell back in the lineup, but, for the next few games he should still remain the Raptors top option. 
11 Dennis Schroder OKC 4 Schroder's role is to not only handle bringing up the ball with the second unit, but he's expected to lead them in scoring and he'll still log plenty of minutes on a nightly basis. 
12 D'Angelo Russell GSW 3 Russell is healthy and he returns to being the top option when it comes to scoring for the Warriors. He can be missing every shot and the Warriors will still let him shoot as much as possible.
13 Jeff Teague MIN 4 Teague will see a bigger role until Karl-Anthony Towns returns and it's hard to tell when that would be. Once Towns returns, he'll be battling Jarrett Culver for shots. 
14 Tomas Satoransky CHI 4 Satoransky has benefitted because Kris Dunn has been getting minutes at Small Forward and Coby White has been inconsistent. Satoransky's minutes will always be safer and he's a good driver. 
15 Collin Sexton CLE 4 Sexton, along with the other Cavs guards should see more usage with Jordan Clarkson off the team. Expect Sexton to rotate to both guard spots and he'll help a good amount with scoring. 
16 Ricky Rubio PHX 3 Rubio has put together a strong season and he's been able to stay healthy for the most part and he's been very helpful scoring, using his drive to draw doubles and compiling more dimes. 
17 De'Aaron Fox SAC 3 Fox looks like he's fully healthy and he'll have to take even more shots with some of the Kings mid-court players hurt. Expect him to have more time with the ball and keep the pace of the offense fast.
18 Spencer Dinwiddie BKN 3 It'll be interesting to see what happens to Dinwiddie's usage with Irving back in the mix. Irving is very ball-dominant. Dinwiddie will be more prioritized with the Nets second unit. 
19 Markelle Fultz ORL 4 Fultz will continue to see more time with the ball with Jonathan Isaac out and even Aaron Gordon is a bit banged up. Fultz has had a lot of success driving the lane and he'll help grab steals. 
20 Aaron Holiday IND 4 We'll have to see if Brogdon is ready to return to the lineup and if he's active, it will send Holiday back to the bench. With Victor Oladipo 's return coming soon, Holiday is vying to keep his rotation spot. 

Shooting Guard

RANK NAME Team # Games Analysis
1 James Harden HOU 3 Even with three games, Harden will take an unlimited amount of shots, especially from long-range. He's relied on his three-ball a lot more over the last few seasons. 
2 Zach LaVine CHI 4 LaVine will see even more shots with Wendell Carter Jr. hurt. Lauri Markkanen will be forced to play in the post more and that will open things up for LaVine at the arc a little more. 
3 Andrew Wiggins MIN 4 Wiggins will continue to be the Timberwolves top scoring option until Towns is ready to return. Wiggins will help grab mid-range rebounds and he'll even help feed the cutter from the elbow and arc. 
4 Jaylen Brown BOS 4 Brown has shown a lot of potential on both sides of the ball and even though he's competing with Gordon Hayward for the third scoring spot, he'll still get plenty of shots and he'll grab boards.
5 CJ McCollum POR 4 McCollum remains the Blazers second option and the Blazers may put the ball in his hands a bit more as his name continues to be brought up in the trade rumors. The Blazers will want to showcase him.
6 Jimmy Butler MIA 3 Butler is the prioritized scorer for the Heat and even when he's double-teamed, he'll step back and start firing from the outside. He can bring up the ball if needed and he'll help grab boards and steals. 
7 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander OKC 4 Gilgeous-Alexander will get a lot of time with the ball and he's not afraid to take contact once he hits the lane. If his three-pointers are falling, he'll spend more of the game at the arc. 
8 Evan Fournier ORL 4 Fournier will see more shots with Isaac still out and if Gordon sits, he'll become the second scorer behind Nikola Vucevic . Fournier will never see a shortage of minutes or shots in this offense. 
9 Devin Booker PHX 3 Booker has been more than a one-category producer this season as he has also done a good job hitting big men at the elbow and he's been consistent with producing assists this season. 
10 Jeremy Lamb IND 4 Lamb earns his minutes because of his defense and three-point shooting. He'll follow his own shots by stepping inside the arc and grabbing long boards. He'll grab steals on the perimeter as well.
11 Josh Richardson PHI 4 Richardson will see more shots because Simmons can't shoot and Embiid is out. Expect Richardson to have more room to work the elbow and arc with Al Horford playing more in the post this week. 
12 Jrue Holiday NO 3 INJ: Holiday missed his last four games with an Elbow injury. There's a chance he can return for the Pelicans first game of the week on Monday.
13 Donovan Mitchell UT 3 INJ: Mitchell is sick and he missed his last game on Sunday. His first game of the week is on Tuesday and we'll have to see if he can recover in time.
14 DeMar DeRozan SAS 3 DeRozan doesn't need to have a long-range game in order to be successful. The Spurs feed him a lot at the elbow and he'll either create and get in the lane, or he'll take mid-range jumpers. 
15 Marcus Smart BOS 4 Smart's defense will keep him in the Celtics rotation and he'll get a good amlunt of shots with the Celtics second-unit. He can operate from both guard spots and he'll often close out games. 
16 Khris Middleton MIL 3 Middleton remains the second scorer for the Bucks and even though he shoots a lot of three's, he'll still grab steals on the defensive side of the ball. Besides scoring on offense he'll help a bit with dimes.
17 Buddy Hield SAC 3 Hield will see a higher ceiling when it comes to production because of the Kings forwards being banged up. Expect an uptick in shots for the first game or two that he plays this week. 
18 Bradley Beal WSH 2 Beal is back and his Leg injury seems to be behind him and the Wizards are desperate to get him back and he shouldn't be looking at restrictions, especially with the short slate of games this week. 
19 Lou Williams LAC 3 If Paul George sits again, Williams will see more usage. He already is the primary scorer off the bench, but if George is out, he'll get to spend more time with the ball and Williams will help grab steals. 
20 Alec Burks GSW 3 Burks will stay more at the Shooting Guard spot with Russell back in the mix and his spot in the Warriors rotation is safe because he plays very strong perimeter defense and can hit the knock-down three.

Small Forward

RANK NAME Team # Games Analysis
1 LeBron James LAL 3 INJ: James was sick over the weekend but all signs point to him being ready to go for the Lakers first game of the week on Monday night versus Cleveland. 
2 Tobias Harris PHI 4 With Embiid on the sidelines, Harris becomes the prioritized shooter and he'll spend more time at the arc this week because the Sixers need all of the help they can get hitting long-range shots. 
3 Kawhi Leonard LAC 3 Leonard should not be benched for any game this week as the Clippers don't have a back to back and if George is out, Leonard will see even more shots and time with the ball. 
4 Gordon Hayward BOS 4 Hayward has put up a lot of production in recent weeks. Once Walker went out, he elevated his game and he's even crashing the boards more and focusing on keeping plays alive will keep him in the game.
5 Brandon Ingram NO 3 Holiday has been a bit banged up and Ingram is by far the prioritized scorer for Pelicans and he can play multiple positions on the court. He'll grab a good amount of rebounds and he'll help bring the ball up.
6 T.J. Warren IND 4 There's a chance that Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis sit for the Pacers first game of the week and that will put the ball in Warren's hands a bit more and he'll help pull down boards. 
7 Kelly Oubre Jr.  PHX 3 Oubre's shots have seen a little bit of a drop-off since Deandre Ayton returned from injury, but his defense will keep him in the game for longer and he'll be the main bailout shooter and he'll grab steals.
8 Will Barton DEN 3 Barton can play most positions on the court and with Paul Millsap banged up, it leaves more room for him to get minutes and time with the ball. Barton will bring up the ball at times as well. 
9 Terrence Ross ORL 4 Ross has seen his usage go up with Isaac out of the mix and he'll come off the bench a good amount and he'll be fed a ton and if D.J. Augustin needs to sit for their first game this week, he'll benefit. 
10 Cedi Osman CLE 4 Osman has certainly seen more shots since Clarkson got traded. Larry Nance Jr. being out also helps Osman because he can fill in at Power Forward if needed. He'll mainly serve as a bailout shooter. 
11 Kris Dunn CHI 4 Dunn has been able to earn playing time out of position and his defense on the perimeter has kept him in games more. He won't always score in double figures, but he'll help grab boards and steals. 
12 Marcus Morris NY 3 INJ: Morris has an injured Neck and he's missed his last four games. His first game of the week is on Tuesday and we'll have to see if he's able to make it back to the court. 
13 Taurean Prince BKN 3 Prince may see his shooting numbers decrease a bit because he'll be camping out at the arc waiting to see if Irving decides to pass him the ball. He needs to attack the rim a bit more.
14 Joe Ingles UT 3 Ingles plays very good defense and he knows how to fight through screens and he'll even step inside the arc after shooting to try to keep the play alive and that will result in him helping grab boards. 
15 Joe Harris BKN 3 The Nets are the healthiest they've been in a long time and Harris will likely lose a few minutes and shots with both Irving and Caris LeVert back. Harris is a reliable shooter and if Prince is cold, he'll benefit.
16 Harrison Barnes SAC 3 INJ: Barnes suffered a minor Quad injury over the weekend, but he should be able to still be active for Monday's game.
17 Norman Powell TOR 3 Powell is back in the lineup and with Fred VanVleet out, he'll see more minutes, draw starts and he'll get a good chunk of shots. He'll grab a few long boards and steals as well. He shouldn't be restricted. 
18 OG Anunoby TOR 3 Anunoby will be used more as a defensive specialist with both Powell and Siakam back in the lineup. He needs to improve his drive-game. He often has trouble getting to the rim. He'll help grab steals. 
19 Josh Hart NO 3 Hart will see more minutes and shots if Holiday continues to sit. The Pelicans are very banged up and have a good amount of players who are very 50/50 to play in their first game of the week.
20 Rudy Gay SAS 3 Gay has been stepping back and taking more long-range shots to make up for DeRozan's lack of an arc game. Gay will pull down boards on defense and he'll even grab steals in the lane. 

Power Forward

RANK NAME Team # Games Analysis
1 Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL 3 Antetokounmpo doesn't need a full slate to be the top Power Forward. He's been able to stay healthy. The lingering issues with his Back have seem to gone away for now. Full production coming!
2 Anthony Davis LAL 3 INJ: Davis hurt his Tailbone last week and he's missed his last two games and there's a chance he'll have to sit for the Lakers first game of the week on Monday. 
3 Kevin Love CLE 4 Love has had a healthy season and he'll see even more shots as Larry Nance Jr. continues to sit with an injury. He'll set up at the arc for the most part on offense. The Cavs can look to showcase Love.
4 Jayson Tatum BOS 4 Even with Walker fully healthy, Tatum will still see a good amount of shots. Hayward has been playing more aggresively and it will be a battle versus Tatum for mid-range boards. Tatum will grab steals. 
5 Danilo Gallinari OKC 4 Gallinari doesn't have competition for minutes behind him and he's scored at least 23 points in his last two games. With Steven Adams being a low-block specific Center, Gallo will take more three's.
6 Pascal Siakam TOR 3 Siakam has returned from his Groin injury, but the Raptors may look to be a little cautious so he doesn't re-aggravate the injury and he could sit for a game this week but it hasn't been announced. 
7 Al Horford PHI 4 Horford should see his rebounding numbers go up a bit because he'll have to fill in a lot at Center until Embiid comes back. Still expect him to step back to the arc at times, but he's needed in the post.
8 Lauri Markkanen CHI 4 Markkanen continues to deal with pain in his Ankle, but it hasn't forced him to miss time and he'll need to play more in the post for at least the next few weeks until Wendell Carter Jr. returns to action.
9 Paul George LAC 3 INJ: George hurt his Hamstring in practice last week and he missed his last two games. The next time he suits up will be Tuesday and we'll have to wait and see if he'll be ready to go.
10 Aaron Gordon ORL 4 INJ: The lower body injuries are starting to find Gordon again and he missed his last game and he may have to sit for his first game of the week on Monday but it's not confirmed.
11 Robert Covington   MIN 4 Covington's rebounding is very inconsistent, but, he's had to line up in the post a bit more with Towns still out. As always, we can rely on Covington to hit long range shots and to grab steals. 
12 Myles Turner IND 4 Turner will see his usage go up if Sabonis has to sit for a game with a lingering Knee injury. Turner can step back and force defenders out of the post to guard him. He could be in the paint more. 
13 John Collins ATL 3 Collins will be the prioritized scorer if Young sits with an injury. Collins picked up right from where he left off since returning from suspension and with Jabari Parker out, he has no competition for minutes.
14 Carmelo Anthony POR 4 Anthony has proved to all of his doubters that he still has something left in the tank and he's been able to provide a lot of offense for the Blazers and he'll always grab cheap rebounds. 
15 LaMarcus Aldridge SAS 3 Aldridge has to frequently play two positions at once when on the court because the Spurs don't have a lot of fire-power up front. He'll shoot from mid-range and he'll help with boards and blocks. 
16 Julius Randle NY 3 Randle remains the Knicks top scorer even though he is not a No. 1 option. He's settled into his role and he's been able to provide a lot of offense, log a lot of minutes and help a bunch grabbing boards.
17 Serge Ibaka TOR 3 Ibaka's value is still safe because Marc Gasol is still out and he can get a good amount of minutes at Center until he returns. If Siakam gets a rest game this week, Ibaka will benefit even more. 
18 Bojan Bogdanovic UT 3 Bogdanovic will provide a lot of offense from the perimeter, but, he doesn't force his way in the lane that much and the Jazz need mid-range shooters. He'll help a bit with grabbing boards. 
19 Draymond Green GSW 3 Green has been banged up all year, but has been active for his last three games. He's not as much of a scorer, but he'll help grab boards, steals, block shots and he'll chip in by dishing dimes. 
20 Kristaps Porzingis DAL 3 INJ: Porzingis has missed his last seven games with a sore Knee and isn't practicing just yet which means there's a good chance he'll have to sit for at least one game this week.


RANK NAME Team # Games Analysis
1 Domantas Sabonis IND 4 INJ: Sabonis hurt his Knee last week and the pain hasn't gone away. He missed his last game and he may have to sit for his first game of the week on Monday. 
2 Hassan Whiteside POR 4 INJ: Whiteside was sick over the weekend, but, he should be ready to go for Monday's game and the Blazers don't have a lot of front-court depth and Whiteside is forced to play more minutes.
3 Nikola Vucevic ORL 4 Vucevic will continue seeing more usage because of Isaac's injury and if Gordon sits, he'll be the only option that can produce from the post consistently. He'll help big-time with points and rebounds. 
4 Andre Drummond DET 3 The Pistons are suffering from a lot of injuries up front and it has forced Drummond to log more minutes. He's one of the hardest players in the league to box out and he'll always grab a ton of boards. 
5 Nikola Jokic DEN 3 Jokic has improved his scoring recently as he's scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games. He's coming off of back to back double-digit rebounding games and he'll help produce assists.
6 Steven Adams OKC 4 Adams continues to improve as the season moves on and with Nerlens Noel hurt, expect him to see more playing time and plays in the post. Gallinari playing on the perimeter for the most part benefits him.
7 Tristan Thompson CLE 4 Thompson's minutes will always be safe, but, until Nance returns to action, he'll have the paint all to himself. Thompson will provide scoring specifically from the low block and he'll grab a lot of boards. 
8 Rudy Gobert UT 3 Gobert will operate out of the low block, play deep into games and it will be hard to keep him producing a lot of points, rebounds and blocks. He makes compiling double-doubles look easy. 
9 Clint Capela HOU 3 INJ: Capela still has some pain in his Heel and because it has been sore, he sat for his last game and his status is currently up in the air for his first game of the week on Tuesday. 
10 Bam Adebayo MIA 3 Adebayo has been a good second option for Miami this season and he'll always log a lot of minutes and help a ton with points and boards. He has good handles as well and will bring up the ball.
11 Deandre Ayton PHX 3 Ayton has been able to stay on the court and he'll operate a lot from the elbow and he'll work his way inside. The Suns lack front-court depth and he's been able to block 1.6 shots per game.
12 Enes Kanter BOS 4 Kanter doesn't need a lot of minutes in order to produce a double-double and the Celtics need all of the help they can in the lane and Robert Williams and Daniel Theis are both banged up. 
13 Gorgui Dieng MIN 4 Dieng will continue to see a lot more minutes and usage if Towns continues to sit. Dieng gives the Timberwolves the inside muscle that they need and he'll score from right under the basket. 
14 Montrezl Harrell LAC 3 Harrell doesn't need to start in order to be productive. He'll be prioritized with the Clippers second unit and he plays very aggresively in the lane and Ivica Zubac won't take playing time from him. 
15 Daniel Theis BOS 4 INJ: Theis is dealing with a sore Knee and if he has to sit for his first game of the week on Monday, Enes Kanter will benefit by seeing more playing time. 
16 Jarrett Allen BKN 3 Allen will continue to split minutes, but he's another player who doesn't need a lot of playing time in order to put up a double-double. Allen is prioritized over DeAndre Jordan grabs nearly 10rpg.
17 Derrick Favors NO 3 INJ: Favors missed his last game with a strained Hamstring and there's a chance he'll have to sit for the Pelicans first game of the week on Monday. 
18 DeAndre Jordan BKN 3 Jordan has been able to play over 21 minutes per game this season and he's grabbed 9.8 rebounds per game and he's even blocked 1 shot per game as well. He'll give the Nets more inside scoring. 
19 Brook Lopez MIL 3 Lopez will continue to provide help with scoring, percentages and blocks. He'll set up at the arc a good amount on offense and he'll draw out bigger defenders. He doesn't help pull down boards as much. 
20 Karl-Anthony Towns MIN 4 INJ: We're all still in limbo regarding when exactly we will see Towns take the court again. He's been questionable for a few weeks now. If he can't go Gorgui Dieng takes over.