|1||TREY BURKE, G, UTAH: Bounced back from a 1-of-8 clunker in Atlanta to average 19.0 points and 4.5 assists as Jazz split two games. Has made 10 of his last 25 3-pointers and is 36-of-39 from the line this season. Most important, Jazz are 7-9 with him at the controls.||1|
|2||MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS, G, PHILADELPHIA: Back from knee infection, and Sixers are definitely better with him. Averaged 17 points, 11 assists and two steals in two games, right around his season numbers. His eight double-doubles are three more than all other rooks combined.||8|
|3||VICTOR OLADIPO, G, ORLANDO: Can’t say Orlando tank is rolling anymore as Little O was benched so Tobias Harris could start at small forward. Can’t say Oladipo is Rookie of the Year favorite anymore, either; averaged 6.0 points on 7-of-29 shooting with 1.7 assists in three games.||2|
|4||TIM HARDAWAY JR., G, NEW YORK: One of the few Knicks who didn’t embarrass himself on Christmas, tying season high with 21 points. Averaging 10.7 points on 53 percent shooting this month and makes former MSG darling Iman Shumpert more expendable with every game.||3|
|5||GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, G-F, MILWAUKEE: It’s time to let go of the reins and find out how fast this colt can run. In his last seven games, averaging 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 5.4 free throws while shooting 51 percent. Not bad for a teenager.||5|
|6||BEN MCLEMORE, G, SACRAMENTO: Had one of his better games with four threes and 20 points at Miami, which was obscured by this. Then began giving away chunks of minutes to Marcus Thornton. Could Mike Malone’s diatribe have been directed at him?||6|
|7||TONY SNELL, G, CHICAGO: Hey, Thibs, here’s an idea. When you throw a kid into the lineup for an injured starter and he doesn’t embarrass himself, you might want to continue to use him so the starter doesn’t have to play 40-plus minutes and get injured again.||–|
|8||KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE, G, DETROIT: Still not shooting well, still not scoring but still starting, although the leash has gotten shorter. Stuck in single digits for eight straight games, shooting 14-of-43. Defense is nice, but shooting guards usually shoot – and score.||4|
|9||CODY ZELLER, C, CHARLOTTE: Had 12 points, seven boards, four assists and two blocks Monday in what Steve Clifford called his best game of the season. That capped a week of 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 20.3 minutes. Seems to be finding a rhythm.||–|
|10||MIROSLAV RADULJICA, C, MILWAUKEE: Toss out three minutes vs. Chicago and he is at 10.2 points on 64.5 percent shooting with 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 19.0 minutes over last five games. Sanders is due back soon, which may change the picture.||–|
DROPOUTS: Hollis Thompson, F, Philadelphia (7),; Kelly Olynyk, C, Boston (9); Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City (10).
FIVE TO WATCH: Luigi Datome, F, Detroit; Matthew Dellavedova, G, Cleveland; Archie Goodwin, G, Phoenix; Phil Pressey, G, Boston; Nate Wolters, G, Milwaukee.
Chris Bernucca is the deputy editor of SheridanHoops.com. His columns appear Monday during the season. You can follow him on Twitter.