|1||DAMIAN LILLARD, G, PORTLAND: Played just twice, including a 2-of-14 mess vs. Toronto, his second single-digit effort of the season. Most indispensable rookie is averaging 38 minutes, or six more than any other newbie. Nursing an ankle injury and has a TNT showcase vs. Tony Parker.||1|
|2||MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST, F, CHARLOTTE: Only returnee who didn’t have a bad game, but solid play isn’t stopping the Bobcats’ slide. Took a fall on his back but showed toughness by returning the same game. Keeps filling the boxscore and is at 49 percent – not bad for a guy who can’t shoot.||2|
|3||HARRISON BARNES, F, GOLDEN STATE: Minutes are being marginalized, partially because Green is a better defender but also because his offense is vanishing. Had more fouls than field goals this week and shot just 7-of-27. The Warriors are winning, but Barnes is contributing less.||3|
|4||BRADLEY BEAL, G, WASHINGTON: Perhaps he took his demotion from the table personally; averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 44 percent (23-of-52). Even took the point for brief stretches. His recent strong stretch has the Wizards playing better ball.||-|
|5||ANTHONY DAVIS, F-C, NEW ORLEANS: Welcome back, big guy! After missing 11 games, had 13 points, eight boards, three blocks and three steals off the bench in return. The Hornets are much more competitive with him. Still leads all rookies in per game rebounds, blocks and – yes – steals.||-|
|6||ALEXEY SHVED, G, MINNESOTA: Recent 3-point shooting has gone ice cold but still playing big minutes (nearly 29 mpg over last eight). That may change when Ricky Rubio returns Saturday, but playing alongside the flashy point guard should give his shaky shooting (39 percent) a boost.||6|
|7||KYLE SINGLER, F, DETROIT: Another guy with more fouls than buckets as he shot just 9-of-26 this week. Still starting and playing steady minutes but production is off with five straight single-digit games. He may just be in a slump. Or he may be a greater point of emphasis on scouting reports.||4|
|8||ANDREW NICHOLSON, F, ORLANDO: We said he was one to watch and he proved it with 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in three games this week, vaulting past Gustavo Ayon in Jacque Vaughn’s big man rotation. This has been his best stretch of the season and needs to continue for him to stay in the table.||-|
|9||JEFFERY TAYLOR, G-F, CHARLOTTE: May have maxed out here last week; giving away PT as Gerald Henderson gets healthier. Likely better suited as a bench energy guy. Had as many fouls as field goals, going 7-of-27 in four games. In loss to the Clippers, took his first donut in over a month.||5|
|10||DION WAITERS, G, CLEVELAND: Still out with ankle sprain and bone bruise and may not be here next week. Despite his poor shot selection, Cavs have been held below 90 in four of six games he has missed and need his 15 ppg. While sidelined, he has time to take care of Baby Mary.||7|
DROPOUTS: Tyler Zeller, C, Cleveland (8); Jonas Valanciunas, C, Toronto (9); Jared Sullinger, F, Boston (10). Not a good week for big guys.
FIVE TO WATCH: Andre Drummond, F-C, Detroit; Draymond Green, F, Golden State; Austin Rivers, G, New Orleans; Brian Roberts, G, New Orleans; Jonas Valanciunas, C, Toronto.
Chris Bernucca is the deputy editor of SheridanHoops.com. His columns appear Monday during the season. You can follow him on Twitter.
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