Old School Power Rankings

Old School Power Rankings 2017-18: Weeks 12-13

LaMarcus Aldridge joins LeBron James at the summit, Chris Paul ascends into the top three and a trio enters and/or returns to the chase

Scott Wraight, NBA.com

After an extra week off, much has changed.

The King slides over to make room for an additional throne, a pair of Mavericks and a big man in Sactown fall out of the chase while a New York point guard enters the fray for the first time.

Seeing what we thought was impossible actually happen, it’ll be interesting to see what changes come next. The King slipping down another step? A big German and Spaniard returning to the top five? Well, anything is possible, right?

Notes: Season statistics are through games of Jan. 18

Any player who turns 32 during regular season can be added to rankings.

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1. LeBron James (33), Cleveland Cavaliers

Previous rank: 1

Last weeks’ stats: 6 games, 24.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.3 apg

Season stats: 27.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 8.7 apg

What is going on in Cleveland? James failed to eclipse 20 points in two of his six games. To put that in perspective, he had been held under 20 just six times in the previous 38 games. If we dig deeper, James has secured just two double-doubles in the last nine games after notching eight in the previous 11. It’s no wonder he’s had to make room at the top.

1a. LaMarcus Aldridge (32), San Antonio Spurs

Previous rank: 2

Last weeks’ stats: 6 games, 25.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg

Season stats: 22.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.9 apg

Aldridge is again playing like an All-Star, going for 30 or more points in three of his last six games while failing to break 20 just once. He’s also shot better than 50 percent from the field in five of the last six while chipping in at least one block in six straight. A few more 30-point performances and Aldridge will have the top spot all to himself.

3. Chris Paul (32), Houston Rockets

Previous rank: 4

Last weeks’ stats: 6 games, 23.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 9.2 apg

Season stats: 18.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 9.1 apg

Paul ascends over Gasol and into the top three on the strength of Wednesday’s 37-point, 11-assist effort and five more games of 19 or more points. He’s also managed to connect on three or more 3-pointers in six of the last seven and two or more steals in four of the last six. Talk about filling up the boxscore.

4. Marc Gasol (32), Memphis Grizzlies

Previous rank: 3

Last weeks’ stats: 4 games, 19.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 4.5 apg

Season stats: 18.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.0 apg

Over his last six games, Gasol has shot 50 percent or better from the field just once. On a positive note, he’s managed to turn in three double-doubles over that same span. But the lack of stellar performances (just one game of 25 or more points in last 12) has resulted in Gasol getting bumped from the top three.

5. Dwight Howard (32), Charlotte Hornets

Previous rank: 5

Last weeks’ stats: 6 games, 14.7 ppg, 14.0 rpg, 1.0 apg

Season stats: 15.5 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 1.4 apg

The good: Howard has managed six consecutive games of 10 or more rebounds, with three of those being 15 or more. The bad: He’s gone for 20 or more points just once in the last six (21 on Monday). The ugly: He’s shot just 44 percent from the free-throw line over the last six (22-for-50).

6. Carmelo Anthony (33), Oklahoma City Thunder

Previous rank: 6

Last weeks’ stats: 6 games, 17.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.8 apg

Season stats: 17.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 apg

The shooting continues to be an issue (39.8 FG% over last two weeks and 42.0 FG% for season), but at least he’s accepting his new role with the Thunder and having fun again. On another note, Anthony managed in three home pages to average 22 points, six rebounds and 49.0 FG% compared to 12 points, five rebounds and 29.8 FG% in three road games.

7. J.J. Redick (33), Philadelphia 76ers

Previous rank: Just missed

Last weeks’ stats: 3 games, 19.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.0 apg

Season stats: 17.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 apg

After this week, it could be a while before we see Redick on our list. That’s because he’s expected to miss about two weeks with a leg injury. But before the injury, he was playing some solid ball, shooting 54.5 FG%, 43.5 3PT%, scoring 15 or more in eight straight while hitting three or more 3s in four of the last six.

8. Taj Gibson (32), Minnesota Timberwolves

Previous rank: 8

Last weeks’ stats: 8 games, 13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.6 apg

Season stats: 12.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 apg

The drought is over. After 11 straight games without a double-double, Gibson went for 16 and 13 on Monday. Of course he hasn’t managed another one since — a span of five games. But during this two-week period, he’s shot a blistering 58.8 from the field and chipping in 15 or more in four.

9. Trevor Ariza (32), Houston Rockets

Previous rank: Just missed

Last weeks’ stats: 5 games, 13.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 apg

Season stats: 12.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 apg

If not for Wednesday’s ugly performance (zero points on 0-for-6 shooting), Ariza would’ve probably climbed at least another spot. That’s impressive considering he shot just 36.7 from the field. But what helps is when you shoot a respectable 39.0 from deep — hitting four or more treys in three of five games.

10. Jarrett Jack (33), New York Knicks

Previous rank: NA

Last weeks’ stats: 7 games, 11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.1 apg

Season stats: 7.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.1 apg

Jack joins the fun for the first time this season. We realize he finished poor, combining for six points on 3-for-10 shooting in the last two games, but his four games before that were impressive. In addition to a 22-point outing on Sunday against the Pelicans, Jack secured a triple-double on Wednesday against the Bulls.

Just missed the cut: Zach Randolph, Dirk Nowitzki, Marcin Gortat, Pau Gasol

Will turn 32 this season: Gerald Green (Jan. 26), Rajon Rondo (Feb. 22), Corey Brewer (March 5), Kyle Lowry (March 25), Marco Belinelli (March 25).

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