Old School Power Rankings
Old School Power Rankings Week 2
Top three remain unchanged while a trio of new names -- led by Vince Carter -- enter the season-long chase
Scott Wraight, NBA.com
What is going on with this country?
Defending OSPR champ Pau Gasol takes another tumble, Dirk Nowitzki and Tony Parker are nowhere to be found and Mr. Sixth Man Jamal Crawford could soon be joining them.
To say it was another week of uninspiring performances would be a huge understatement. If not for Dwyane Wade’s 35-point outing on Nov. 4, no one on the list would’ve cracked the 30-point plateau. Heck, Wade was the only one to crack 25 points.
But like many things, you’ve got to just stay positive and hope for the best.
Notes: Season statistics are through games of Nov. 10
Any player who turns 33 during the regular season can be added to the rankings.
1. Dwyane Wade (34), Chicago Bulls
Last week’s rank: 1
Last week’s stats: 5 games, 18.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 apg
Season stats: 17.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.0 apg
It was certainly an up-and-down week for Wade, who one night after pouring in a season-high 35 points managed just four points on 1-for-9 shooting. For the week, Wade managed 25.5 points on 59.4 shooting in two home games compared to just 14.0 points and 37.2 shooting in three road games. Home sweet home, indeed.
2. Zach Randolph (35), Memphis Grizzlies
Last week’s rank: 2
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 15.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.3 apg
Season stats: 14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg
Make that four straight double-digit scoring efforts and four consecutive games with seven or more rebounds. Averaging 23.6 minutes last week, Randolph shot 57.1 from the field to boost his season mark to 48 percent. He’s not known for his defense, but we’d still like to see at least one block before too long.
3. Tyson Chandler (33), Phoenix Suns
Last week’s rank: 3
Last week’s stats: 2 games, 10.5 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 0.5 apg
Season stats: 7.4 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 0.6 apg
It was another strong week for Chandler, who in addition to his continued stellar work on the boards (three games of 18 or more rebounds already matches all of last season) shot 75 percent (9-for-12) from the field in 32.9 minutes. But the big man missed the last two games following the death of his mother.
4. Vince Carter (39), Memphis Grizzlies
Last week’s rank: Just missed
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg
Season stats: 8.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 apg
Carter was the only player on this list other than Wade to go for 20 or more points in a game, burning the Nuggets for 20 points Tuesday on 8-for-13 shooting and 3-for-7 3-pointers. After last Wednesday’s bagel, Carter has increased his production each game: five points on Nov. 4, 11 on Sunday and 20 on Tuesday.
5. Kyle Korver (35), Atlanta Hawks
Last week’s rank: 4
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 8.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 apg
Season stats: 9.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg
He’s still hitting 3-pointers (connecting on at least one trey in seven straight games) at a nice clip (47 percent). But that’s been about it so far this season for Korver, who is averaging just seven shot attempts a game in 26 minutes. On the plus side, he has managed to score in double figures in back-to-back games.
6. Channing Frye (33), Cleveland Cavaliers
Last week’s rank: Just missed
Last week’s stats: 2 games, 12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg
Season stats: 10.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.6 apg
Despite averaging just 17.8 minutes this season, Frye has pocketed four straight games of 10 or more points. He’s also managed to hit three or more 3-pointers in three consecutive games. For the season, Frye is shooting 38.8 percent from the field compared to 48.1 from beyond the arc.
7. Pau Gasol (36), San Antonio Spurs
Last week’s rank: 6
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 7.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg
Season stats: 8.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg
For the first time since 2004, Gasol was healthy and played less than 15 minutes, logging just 13 in Wednesday’s loss to Houston. You can blame it on the Spurs wanting to go with a small-ball lineup, as the big man is averaging just 21.9 minutes for the season. We expect that number to ascend to 25-26 by December.
8. Joe Johnson (35), Utah Jazz
Last week’s rank: 8
Last week’s stats: 4 games, 8.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg
Season stats: 11.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg
Like Gasol, we saw something with Johnson we hadn’t seen since 2004 — him coming off the bench. With Gordon Hayward returning from injury, Johnson has been pushed to the bench for the last three games. His minutes have taken a slight hit (23.1 last week compared to 27.4 for the season), but the scoring has remained the same.
9. Matt Barnes (36), Sacramento Kings
Last week’s rank: 10
Last week’s stats: 4 games, 6.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg
Season stats: 7.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.6 apg
After playing just nine minutes on Nov. 3, Barnes has seen the court for an average of 24.9 minutes. Maybe coach Dave Joerger was resting Barnes while his bruised ribs healed, or maybe it was because of the fact he’s shooting just 36 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc.
10. Luis Scola (36), Brooklyn Nets
Last week’s rank: NA
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 6.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg
Season stats: 6.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 apg
The numbers above aren’t impressive in the least. But when you consider Scola averaged just 15.3 minutes and shot 53.3 from the field, it starts to look a tad better. For the season, the Argentine is playing 16.4 minutes while shooting 51.2 percent. His stats would look a whole lot better if he was getting 20 minutes a night.
Just missed the cut: Jamal Crawford, Tony Allen, Manu Ginobili, Jameer Nelson
Will turn 33 this season: Andre Iguodala (Jan. 28), Zaza Pachulia (Feb. 10), Marcin Gortat (Feb. 17), Sasha Vujacic (March 8), Chris Bosh (March 24), C.J. Watson (April 17)
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