|1||DAMIAN LILLARD, G, PORTLAND: He got a nice break with just two games in 10 days and both were awesome, dropping 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a win over the Spurs on TNT and drilling the game-winning three vs. Anthony Davis and the Hornets. No one is close right now.||1|
|2||ANTHONY DAVIS, F-C, NEW ORLEANS: He has six straight double-digit games since his return – including a 15-16 game at Golden State – and is starting again. Averaged 38-plus minutes in his last three games and that’s how much he should play until he drops, because Hornets’ season is over.||5|
|3||MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST, F, CHARLOTTE: Slumping as badly as his team with 18 points and 14 boards over a three-game stretch before matching season highs with 25 and 12 (with 4 assists and 3 steals) in a loss to Phoenix. Not the difference-maker that Lillard is – part of the reason why Charlotte hasn’t won in a month.||2|
|4||BRADLEY BEAL, G, WASHINGTON: Another player who fills the boxscore but doesn’t move the meter. Beal scored 19 at Miami and 17 vs. Atlanta, both losses. He took a fall on his head vs. the Hawks and sat out a game. He still has an outside shot if John Wall returns and makes things easier for him.||4|
|5||KYLE SINGLER, F, DETROIT: Never really has an explosion game and his shooting has dropped off but always finds ways to contribute, such as his tying follow shot in a double-OT loss at Brooklyn. Another guy on a nowhere team who should be given more minutes as Detroit’s season drags on.||7|
|6||HARRISON BARNES, F, GOLDEN STATE: Team’s 6-1 road trip obscured his disappearing act; was 10-of-35 over five games before scoring 19 in trip finale in Atlanta. His slump has resumed and he is giving away minutes to fellow rookie Draymond Green, a much better defender.||3|
|7||ALEXEY SHVED, G, MINNESOTA: Maybe the native of Russia doesn’t like warm weather. He shot 2-of-15 (1-of-10 threes) with seven turnovers and five points in two games in Florida this week. Still starting despite the return of Ricky Rubio, who is being worked in slowly. That situation is fluid, however.||6|
|8||AUSTIN RIVERS, G, NEW ORLEANS: Back for the first time since preseason – and looking to duck out again after a stinker at LA. He averaged 15.7 points on 18-of-33 shooting in three prior games. “I’ve really finally started to get consistent and started to just actually — just breathe and go play,” he said.||-|
|9||TERRENCE ROSS, G, TORONTO: He had his best week of the season, averaging 9.8 points on 47 percent shooting (15-of-32) but remains buried behind DeMar DeRozan. He will have a hard time getting more minutes because Casey won’t go small with two non-defenders at the wings.||-|
|10||DION WAITERS, G, CLEVELAND: Shot just 10-of-28 (0-of-6 threes) in two losses after missing eight games with an ankle sprain. He has shot so inconsistently this season that you wonder if this was rust or if it is just who he is for now. Hasn’t made half his shots since Nov. 11.||10|
DROPOUTS: Andrew Nicholson, F, Orlando (8); Jeffery Taylor, G-F, Charlotte (9).
FIVE TO WATCH: Nando de Colo, G, San Antonio; Andre Drummond, F-C, Detroit; Draymond Green, F, Golden State; Pablo Prigioni, G, New York; Tyler Zeller, C Cleveland.
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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