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Old School Power Rankings

Week 7: Gasol makes room for Wade at the top, Randolph climbs into the top five and two names get back into the race

POSTED: Jan 1, 2016 9:08 PM ET

By Scott Wraight, NBA.com

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Pau Gasol closed out 2015 strong, scoring 18 or more points in four of his last five games.

Uh oh.

Have the jinxing powers of the OSPR reared their ugly head once again? The latest victim is Kyle Korver, who after we stated appeared to have found his shooting stroke has gone ice cold. And when we say cold, we mean it: 2-for-27 in his last three games including 1-for-23 from beyond the arc.

Tyson Chandler and Jamal Crawford return to the chase after extended absences. Paul Pierce, meanwhile, is on the cusp of cracking the list after a fairly productive week. That may continue since he's seeing bigger minutes and starting in place of injured Blake Griffin.

  • Notes: Statistics are through games of Dec. 31. Rankings are based on entire regular season with heavy emphasis on recent play.
  • Any player who turns 33 during the regular season can be added to the Old School Power Rankings

1. Pau Gasol (35), Chicago Bulls

Last week's rank: 1
Last week's stats: 4 games, 18.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 3.3 apg
Season stats: 16.2 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.9 apg

It was another productive week for Gasol, who in addition to the above stats shot 50 percent from the field to go along with 2.8 blocks per game. In fact, Gasol now has gone five straight games with at least two blocks. And to think the week would've been that much better if you toss out Wednesday's 4-for-14 effort.

1a. Dwyane Wade (33), Miami Heat

Last week's rank: 2
Last week's stats: 4 games, 21.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.3 apg
Season stats: 18.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.5 apg

After his 7-for-20 showing on Christmas, Wade was incredibly consistent, going 7-for-12, 7-for-11 and 9-for-18 the rest of the week. Wade has also scored 19 or more in seven of his last eight. If that's not enough, he made one of the league's top defenders look silly (see below). After a sub-par November, Wade closed out 2015 strong (19.8 ppg and 50-percent shooting).

Wade Crosses-up Allen

Dwyane Wade leaves Tony Allen in the dust with a beautiful crossover on his way for a layup.

3. Dirk Nowitzki (37), Dallas Mavericks

Last week's rank: 3
Last week's stats: 3 games, 13.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.7 apg
Season stats: 17.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 apg

Nowitzki's shooting woes continue. After turning in a 34.1 clip last week, largely because of Monday's 3-for-15, the big man now stands at 40.3 over his last 10 games compared to 46.9 for the season. But as you see below, Nowitzki can still turn back the clock every once in a while. How many more dunks will we see from Nowitzki this season? We'll set the over/under at two.

Dirk Does Damage

Dirk Nowitzki blows past his defender and winds back the clock with the power slam.

4. Kobe Bryant (37), Los Angeles Lakers

Last week's rank: 4
Last week's stats: 4 games, 16.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.8 apg
Season stats: 17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.4 apg

It was another poor shooting effort last week from Bryant, who shot just 31.7 from the field to see his season percentage slip to 34.1. If not for a strong second half in Wednesday's game at Boston in which he pocketed his first double-double of the season (15 points, 11 rebounds), Bryant would've fallen below Randolph. Here's hoping 2016 brings some better shooting.

Postgame: Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant speaks after an illustrious career battling the Celtics in his final game in Boston.

5. Zach Randolph (34), Memphis Grizzlies

Last week's rank: 8
Last week's stats: 3 games, 17.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.3 apg
Season stats: 13.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.6 apg

Randolph's minutes have been increasing (33 in each of the last two games), which helps explain the increase in production -- not to mention Matt Barnes' two-game suspension that has pushed Z-Bo back into the starting lineup. If Randolph has more weeks like last week (he shot 59.5 from the field), it could be hard to move him back to the bench.

6. Tony Parker (33), San Antonio Spurs

Last week's rank: 5
Last week's stats: 4 games, 9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.3 apg
Season stats: 12.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.1 apg

After starting the week with a clunker on Christmas (1-for-7 for two points in 29 minutes), Parker bounced back a bit, scoring 12 or more in each of the next three. He also managed seven assists in two of those games. But it was a very uncharacteristic week for Parker, who shot just 38.9 from the field compared to 49.5 over his last 10 and 54.1 for the season.

7. Jameer Nelson (33), Denver Nuggets

Last week's rank: 6
Last week's stats: 4 games, 8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 6.0 apg
Season stats: 8.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.8 apg

It was an up-and-down week for Nelson: four points on 2-for-7 last Saturday, 15 points on Sunday, zero points on 0-for-6 Tuesday and 14 points with eight assists Wednesday. Also puzzling was the fact Nelson put up stronger numbers with no rest between games (14.5 ppg and 47.8 FG% in two games) as opposed to at least one day rest (2-for-13 in two games).

8. Tyson Chandler (33), Phoenix Suns

Last week's rank: NA
Last week's stats: 4 games, 10.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.8 apg
Season stats: 5.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.6 apg

Welcome back, Tyson. It's been a while -- Week 1 to be exact. It's amazing what you can do when given more playing time (23.3 minutes last week). Chandler has played 20 or more minutes in three straight games after playing more than 20 in just three of his previous eight. The veteran managed three double-doubles in four games last week to go along with 68.2 shooting.

9. Luis Scola (35), Toronto Raptors

Last week's rank: 9
Last week's stats: 3 games, 11.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.7 apg
Season stats: 10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.9 apg

Once again, just when it looked like Scola was going to climb up a notch or two with a productive week, he turns in a forgettable performance. After going for 17 and 11 on 7-for-12 shooting last Saturday, Scola followed that up Monday with 13 and eight on 6-for-10 shooting. But he closed out the week by going 1-for-6 for four points on Wednesday.

10. Jamal Crawford (35), Los Angeles Clippers

Last week's rank: NA
Last week's stats: 5 games, 13.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.8 apg
Season stats: 11.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.2 apg

Like Chandler, Crawford returns to the chase after a long absence (Week 4 for Mr. Crawford). It was a busy week for Crawford, who in five games shot 42.9 from the field and 38.9 from beyond the arc. If not for last Saturday's 1-for-10, Crawford would've certainly moved up another spot.

Just missed the cut: Boris Diaw, Paul Pierce, Manu Ginobili, Matt Barnes

Will turn 33 this season: Kevin Martin (Feb. 1), Devin Harris (Feb. 17)

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