Power Ranking the Mavs: Monta surges but Tyson holds down the top spot in Week 7


1) Tyson Chandler

Last week: 1 (no change)

I’m not saying that Tyson is necessarily the Mavs’ best player, and I’m sure there are Monta fans pissed that he isn’t in this spot after his week. But Tyson is the most valuable Mav. Dude is averaging 13 points and 14.4 rebounds over the past 5 games. Monta is getting the attention, but Tyson is the glue holding this whole damn thing together.

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2) Monta Ellis

Last week: 3 (up 1 spot)

I would like to see more defense from Monta. And more assists. But dude has been carrying the team offensively while Dirk has been on a bit of a slump. Monta was already leading the team in scoring, but he has been on absolute fire since the first Bucks game, scoring 26.2 points per game. That game was frustrating by the way, but Monta has been absolutely magical since. I hope he never has another 35 points on 38 shots game again, but he keeps coming up big when we need him.

3) Dirk Nowitzki

Last week: 2 (down 1 spot)

Dirk has been off lately. And yet he kept the Mavs in it the Bulls game long enough (including TEN ASSISTS) for Monta to redeem himself and win the game. Dirk has missed 2 games this week, but when he is on the court he is just so good that he creates such great spacing for his teammates.

4) Chandler Parsons

Last week: 5 (up 1 spot)

Chandler Parsons is finally starting to live up to expectations. 19.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in the last week. That’s a pretty good line, right? Suck it Parsons haters.

5) Brandan Wright

Last week: 4 (down 1 spot)

It feels like Wright has had the worst week of his season so far. But he’s still so great. He is down to 6th in the NBA in PER, but dude is still straight ballin.

6) Devin Harris

Last week: 8 (up 2 spots)

Devin was perfect from 3 against the Bulls. It was awesome.

7) J.J. Barea

Last week: 6 (down 1 spot)

I don’t care if JJ or Devin starts, but one of them should. Jameer so doesn’t deserve the minutes he is getting. Barea leads the team in ORPM, which is to say he is good at offense. He is consistently a spark off the bench, and rarely screws things up (hey Jameer what’s up?).

8) Al-Farouq Aminu

Last week: 6 (down 2 spots)

I’m still Aminu’s biggest fan, but other guys have had a bigger weak.

9) Richard Jefferson

Last week: 9 (no change)

I’m still underwhelmed by RJeff, but he has had probably the best week of his Mavs career. He scored 10 points in 3 of the last 5 games, and his minutes per game and field goal percentage are both trending upwards.

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10) Jameer Nelson

Last week: 12 (up 2 spots)

Jameer hasn’t been terrible, but he is still the Mavs’ 3rd best PG. He shouldn’t be playing as many minutes as he is if he is going to turn the ball over as frequently as he does. Still waiting for him to play like the wise vet we assumed the Mavs were signing in the offseason.

11) Jae Crowder

Last week: 11 (no change)

Jae hasn’t played much, but he did score 9 points, with 3 assists and 3 steals against the Bucks.

12)  Charlie Villenueva

Last week: 10 (down 2 spots)

Charlie rode the pine for most of this week. Jameer was better, and Jae had a good game.

13) Greg Smith

Last week: 13 (no change)

Greg Smith saw minutes against Phoenix and Milwaukee (after like 7 straight DNP-CDs). Which is more than I can say for Felton.

14) Raymond Felton

Last week: 14 (no change)

I want to see what Ray can do. Still waiting.