Old School Power Rankings
Old School Power Rankings Weeks 9-10
Showing flashes of his old All-Star self, Tony Parker makes a big move while Tyson Chandler joins Parker in breaking up the Big Three party
Scott Wraight, NBA.com
What’s going on here? Is it 2008 again?
It’s beginning to feel that way with a certain San Antonio guard turning back the clock and a big man in the desert ripping down rebounds like he was Dennis Rodman.
It’s safe to say that some of these veterans have started the new year off on the right foot. Keep it going, guys.
Notes: Season statistics are through games of Jan. 5
Any player who turns 33 during regular season can be added to rankings.
1. Dwyane Wade (34), Chicago Bulls
Last week’s rank: 1
Last week’s stats: 7 games, 15.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg
Season stats: 18.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.7 apg
After poor back-to-back performances to end his two-week stint, we were tempted to bump Wade from his perch. But in the end, no one else did quite enough to make that happen (though the guy sitting one spot lower is closing in). Despite shooting below 50 percent from the field in five straight, we fully expect Wade to bounce back — and probably in a big way.
2. Tyson Chandler (33), Phoenix Suns
Last week’s rank: 4
Last week’s stats: 8 games, 7.5 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 0.9 apg
Season stats: 7.5 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 0.8 apg
And the beat rolls on for Chandler, who in addition to his continued impressive work on the boards shot 63.9 from the field. And he seems to do better with shorter rest: Chandler averaged 16.5 rebounds in two games with no days rest, 10.8 rebounds in five games with one day rest and 8.0 boards in one game with two days rest.
3. Tony Parker (34), San Antonio Spurs
Last week’s rank: 7
Last week’s stats: 6 games, 18.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 6.5 apg
Season stats: 11.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.8 apg
Just when we thought Parker didn’t have much left in the tank, he goes on a roll of five straight games of 15 or more points, shooting 58.3 from the field (10-for-11 on Thursday certainly helped the cause) and doing it all in just 26.1 minutes. He’s also dished out seven or more assists in four of the last six games and three straight.
4. Zach Randolph (35), Memphis Grizzlies
Last week’s rank: 3
Last week’s stats: 7 games, 14.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.1 apg
Season stats: 13.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.7 apg
Let’s start with the positive: Randolph scored in double figures in all seven games during the two weeks. The not-too-positive: He only went over 20 in one of those games. He also has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in just one game since Dec. 18, a span of nine games. Of course he hasn’t gotten more than 30 minutes in a game since Dec. 13.
5. Pau Gasol (36), San Antonio Spurs
Last week’s rank: 2
Last week’s stats: 6 games, 13.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.3 apg
Season stats: 12.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.6 apg
It’s not that Gasol played poorly, it’s that none of his games really stood out (highest scoring effort was 18 points). There were also a handful of guys who had better two-week stints. That said, the big man still managed to shoot 52.7 from the field, 60.3 from beyond the arc (3-for-5) and 1.7 blocks.
6. Jamal Crawford (36), LA Clippers
Last week’s rank: 6
Last week’s stats: 8 games, 15.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.5 apg
Season stats: 12.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.6 apg
Any other week, and Crawford would have moved up at least one spot — and that’s despite managing 0 points on Dec. 31. Yes, in addition to that bagel, Crawford had two sub-10 point performances. But he also pocketed three consecutive games with at least 20 points. He’s also managed to hit 22 of his last 23 free throws.
7. Tony Allen (34), Memphis Grizzlies
Last week’s rank: 5
Last week’s stats: 7 games, 10.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 apg
Season stats: 10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg
A little bit of everything is what we’ve come to expect from the gritty Allen, who in addition to shooting 58.8 from the field and 1.6 steals, has gone five straight games with four or more rebounds and has scored in double figures in four of his last six.
8. Matt Barnes (36), Sacramento Kings
Last week’s rank: NA
Last week’s stats: 6 games, 10.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.3 apg
Season stats: 7.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg
Barnes maintains his spot on our list on the strength of Saturday’s 20-point, 8-rebound showing. It was interesting, however, to see his numbers in losses compared to wins: In three wins, Barnes averaged 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 46.7 shooting. In three losses, Barnes averaged 15 points, 6.7 rebounds and 53.6 shooting.
9. Manu Ginobili (39), San Antonio Spurs
Last week’s rank: 9
Last week’s stats: 6 games, 9.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg
Season stats: 8.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.6 apg
Before we dig into the stats, keep in mind that Ginobili did this averaging just 18.9 minutes. So the fact that he scored in double figures in four of the six games isn’t something to blow off. He’s also managed to connect on at least one 3-pointer in eight straight games, hitting two or more in five of those.
10. Channing Frye (33), Cleveland Cavaliers
Last week’s rank: Just missed
Last week’s stats: 7 games, 10.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.4 apg
Season stats: 9.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.7 apg
Getting a slight bump in playing time (20.6 compared to 18.8 for the season), Frye stepped up, hitting 51.0 from the field, 46.9 from deep and scoring in double figures in five of the seven games. Frye has also nailed at least one trey in 10 straight games.
Just missed the cut: Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Nene, Kyle Korver
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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