The weekly NBA rankings are determined by opportunity and performance. For this week---BOS/BKN/DAL/DEN/DET/GSW/HOU/LAC/LAL/MIA/MIL/NO/SAS/TOR all have 3 games on the slate and CHI and MIN have just 2 games. The rest of the teams have 4 games for the week (except for IND and PHI that have 5) and that changes things a lot. Malcolm Brogdon, for example, has 5 games so that will naturally move him up because it gives him more opportunties to produce.

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...