NBA Sixth Man of the Year Power Rankings: Austin Reaves rises, Malik Monk falls

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Last night, the Dallas Mavericks scored their least amount of points in a game this season. Dallas lost 107-88 to the LA Clippers in a disastrous offensive outing.

Only three Mavericks recorded a positive plus/minus. Perhaps more surprisingly, only two Mavs shot better than 50 percent from the floor. As a team, Dallas shot a season-low 37.4 percent from the field.

Dallas Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 points and recorded three rebounds in the game. He was only one of three Mavs in double digits.

NBA Sixth Man of the Year Power Rankings: Austin Reaves rises, Malik Monk falls

Although Hardaway Jr. managed a double-digit outing, he attempted 14 shots to do so, only making five of them. Of course, it's in Hardaway Jr.'s nature to get up plenty of shots.

Despite the uneven games thrown in every now and then, Hardaway Jr. can just as easily have a highly efficient game on Tuesday night, against the Rockets.

Here, we'll further dissect the race for the Sixth Man Award and discuss Hardaway Jr.'s ranking as the battle continues to heat up.

10. Lonnie Walker IV

Last week's rank: N/A

Lonnie Walker IV ranks top 20 in the NBA in points per 36 minutes. The former Los Angeles Laker has been a sparkplug off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets in only 22.0 minutes per contest.

9. Cole Anthony

Last week's rank: N/A

Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony has flown under the radar this season. The Magic are 11-5, and Anthony has been a big part of their successes. He averages 14.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists off the pine.

8. Bogdan Bogdanovic

Last week's rank: N/A

Bogdan Bogdanovic continues to do what he does well, put the ball in the hoop. However, the Hawks guard is shooting a career-low 34.8 percent from beyond the arc this season. Oddly enough, Bogdanovic is averaging a career-high in steals and blocks per game in his age-31 season.

7. Russell Westbrook

Last week's rank: N/A

Russell Westbrook ceded his starting spot just a few games ago. And while he hasn't produced to the best of his ability off the bench, he'll slot it in at number seven in these power rankings based on his potential as a difference-maker with the second unit.

6. Malik Monk

Last week's rank: 4

Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk has reinvented himself as a bench playmaker. The former Wildcat averages 7.5 assists per 36 minutes. Despite providing immense value off the bench, his shooting, especially from two-point range, has taken a big dip.