NBA MVP Power Rankings: Mavs' Luka Doncic climbs the ladder during All-Star weekend

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All-Star weekend has come and gone, and the Dallas Mavericks are riding high on a six-game winning streak. Most recently, the Mavericks beat their in-state rival San Antonio Spurs. After a struggling first quarter, the Mavs got things back on track and won 116-93.

Going into the week-long break with a win over the Spurs is huge for the team. It's even bigger when you realize the Mavericks are on a six-game winning streak and are currently seventh in the Western Conference.

The trade deadline additions of Daniel Gafford and PJ Washington have made the Mavericks' rebounding and defensive capabilities better. Since the additions, only one team has scored more than 110 points, the OKC Thunder.

NBA MVP Power Rankings: Mavs' Luka Doncic climbs the ladder during All-Star weekend

Despite going 6-0 in the last six games, it's clear the Mavericks still have things to work on before they play again on Thursday. The most glaring hole within the Mavericks' rotation is the lack of offense out of Washington.

If Washington can figure out his offense and become more acclimated within the Mavs system, the sky is the limit for Dallas. Despite struggling on the offensive end, Washington has been a lockdown defender for the team. He constantly draws the toughest defensive assignment, and fans have even deemed his defense "P jail."

Additionally, Gafford has been a great addition. The former Wizard has been evicting shots and catching lobs. Alongside Doncic, Gafford has played some of the best basketball of his career in just three games.

While the Mavs have been on a six-game winning streak, superstar Luka Doncic has been on a tear. He has led the Mavericks in scoring throughout their recent winning streak and has looked much improved on the defensive side. Let's take a look at this week's MVP Power Rankings before the regular season resumes on Thursday.

10. Kevin Durant

Last week's rank: N/A

For the first time in over a month, Kevin Durant rejoins the top ten. After attending the All-Star game, Durant and the Suns look to make their postseason push.

9. Donovan Mitchell

Last rank: N/A

Donovan Mitchell has been at the forefront of multiple Cavalier runs. Despite leading the Cavs to the second-best record in the East, this is the first time Mitchell has entered the MVP conversations.

8. Devin Booker

Last rank: 10

Devin Booker and Kevin Durant seem to be jocking for their MVP spot. The two have played amazing all season long and have picked each other up in struggling times.

7. Domantas Sabonis

Last rank: 7

One of the only players to remain in the same rank is Domantas Sabonis. Despite getting snubbed for an All-Star selection, Sabonis has wiped the floor in multiple categories. He leads the league in rebounding, triple-doubles, and double-doubles.

6. Jayson Tatum

Last rank: 8

Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics have positioned themselves nicely for a late postseason run. The Celtics are currently first in the Eastern Conference and have the best record in the league. Tatum has proven to be one of the better facilitators in the league over this past season, which is a huge reason for the Celtics' success.