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Week 10: With little movement at the top, Jamal Crawford climbs into the top five while Kobe tumbles toward the bottom

POSTED: Jan 23, 2016 9:28 AM ET

By Scott Wraight,


The last time Jamal Crawford failed to connect on a 3-pointer: Jan. 2 against the 76ers.

Anything you can do, I can do ... worse?

Last week saw all four top guys throw together some productive games with a dash of ugly. From a 2-for-10 for four points to an 0-for-8 for one point, the leaders were playing an atrocious game of copycat.

Switching gears, a new name ascends into the top half of our list while another new name joins the chase for the first time since Week 2.

  • Notes: Statistics are through games of Jan. 21. 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. Dirk Nowitzki (37), Dallas Mavericks

Last week's rank: 1
Last week's stats: 3 games, 18.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg
Season stats: 17.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 apg

Nowitzki scored 31 points Monday against Boston, but he managed just 8-for-21 from the field. Combine that with Sunday's 2-for-10 and it's easy to see how the big man shot just 34.8 for the week. In fact, Nowitzki has shot less than 50 percent from the field in four straight games and 10 of his last 12. On the plus side, Nowitzki's hit 19 of his last 20 free throws.

2. Pau Gasol (35), Chicago Bulls

Last week's rank: 3
Last week's stats: 3 games, 16.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.3 apg
Season stats: 16.3 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.1 apg

Gasol's week was going along well (17 points, eight rebounds and four assists last Friday; 31 and 12 on 13-for-18 shooting Monday) until Wednesday's brutal performance against the Warriors. In a highly anticipated showdown with the defending champs, the 7-footer laid an egg, going 0-for-8 for one point and eight rebounds.

Gasol's 31-points vs Pistons

Pau Gasol records 31 points along with 12 rebounds to lead the Bulls over the Pistons.

3. Dwyane Wade (34), Miami Heat

Last week's rank: 2
Last week's stats: 2 games, 12.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.5 apg
Season stats: 18.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.1 apg

Just like two guys above him, it was a mixed bag for Wade, who after pouring in 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting Sunday went 1-for-6 for two points Tuesday. We've also noticed Wade's minutes decreasing -- just 25.0 last week compared to 30 for the season. Maybe the shoulder injury that shelved Wade for a game last week is again rearing its ugly head.

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4. Zach Randolph (34), Memphis Grizzlies

Last week's rank: 4
Last week's stats: 3 games, 11.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.3 apg
Season stats: 13.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.5 apg

And that mixed bag theme continues. Randolph went for double-digit scoring in two of three games last week (13 and 14) while his third performance wasn't all that ugly (eight points and eight rebounds). But we have noticed the slip in minutes; after playing 30 minutes or more in three straight, Randolph didn't break the barrier in any of last week's games.

5. Jamal Crawford (35), Los Angeles Clippers

Last week's rank: 7
Last week's stats: 3 games, 17.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 1.7 apg
Season stats: 12.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.1 apg

If there was one player who earned a promotion this week, it's Crawford. In addition to shooting 53.7 from the field and 46.2 from beyond the arc, Crawford managed more than 15 points in all three games and has now nailed at least one 3-pointer in seven straight games and two or more 3s in four of his last five. Is it safe to assume he's getting his shot back?

6. Matt Barnes (35), Memphis Grizzlies

Last week's rank: 6
Last week's stats: 3 games, 8.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.7 apg
Season stats: 9.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg

In a classic case of no one behind him doing enough to make a jump, Barnes keeps his solid footing on our list. He shot just 36.4 from the field and 21.4 (3-for-14) on 3-pointers, but Barnes still finds ways to fill the box score on a consistent basis. On Thursday, Barnes had just seven points, but added seven boards, five assists and three steals.

7. Tony Parker (33), San Antonio Spurs

Last week's rank: 5
Last week's stats: 1 game, 2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 7.0 apg
Season stats: 12.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.2 apg

We were in a good mood this week, otherwise we would've dropped Parker down another notch -- or two. In his one game last week, Parker scored just two points on 0-for-4 shooting, but did manage five rebounds and seven assists.

8. Joe Johnson (34), Brooklyn Nets

Last week's rank: 10
Last week's stats: 4 games, 13.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg
Season stats: 11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.6 apg

Like many others on this list, Johnson had a handful of productive games spoiled by one rotten showing. In fact, Wednesday's three-point effort on 1-for-7 shooting was Johnson's first game he scored less than 13 since Jan. 6. But the veteran guard seems to have found his long-range stroke, hitting three 3-pointers in three of the four games.

9. Kobe Bryant (37), Los Angeles Lakers

Last week's rank: 8
Last week's stats: 3 games, 8.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.7 apg
Season stats: 16.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg

Bryant is barely holding on to a spot on our list. That's because last week was another rough one: 30.8 FG% (34.5 this season) and just 23.3 minutes (29.3 this season). Bryant has scored in double figures just once over the last five games while shooting under 50 percent from the field in six straight.

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10. Nene (33), Washington Wizards

Last week's rank: Just missed
Last week's stats: 4 games, 9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apg
Season stats: 8.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.7 apg

After missing a plethora of games with a calf injury, Nene is slowly working his way back into a larger role. He's back in the starting lineup and starting to produce, shooting 52.9 from the field last week while securing at least one steal in six straight (including a five-steal effort Wednesday against the Heat).

Just missed the cut: Tyson Chandler, Boris Diaw, Luis Scola

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

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