The weekly NBA rankings are determined by opportunity and performance. For this week---CHA/CLE/DAL/GSW/HOU/IND/MIA/MIL/MIN/NO/NY/ORL/PHI/SAC/SAS/TOR all have three games on the slate. The rest of the teams have 4 games for the week and that changes things a lot. Someone as dominant as James Harden is moved down a few spots because of the lack of fourth game.

A point system is used that weighs specialties like steals, blocks and three-point shooting a bit heavier. Percentages are not looked at as strongly, but are still taken into consideration. Multi-category producers will always get a bump in rankings as long as they have full slates. Injuries will occur, but knowing what we know at this moment, here are the players that will help...