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

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2. Tim Hardaway Jr.

Last week's rank: 2

Since his 30-point explosion almost two weeks ago, Hardaway Jr. has cooled off considerably. He's shot below 50 percent from the floor and hasn't reached the 20-point plateau since the 15th of November.

The cold streak has worsened Hardaway Jr.'s stats, but he's still averaging 17.1 points per game, the most off the bench in his career. He's also chipping in 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 3-pointers per game.

Hardaway Jr.'s 3-point shooting might land him in the 3-point Contest this season. He's knocked down the third most threes in the NBA this year, behind only Steph Curry and Luka Doncic.

Most importantly for the Dallas Mavericks, Hardaway Jr.'s value is tied to winning. In wins, the Dallas sharpshooter averages 18.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. But in losses, Hardaway Jr. averages just 14.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

Additionally, in 10 wins, Hardaway Jr. has only recorded six turnovers. In six losses, he's recorded eight turnovers despite a relatively similar usage rating.

Like the Mavericks, Hardaway Jr. is much improved this season. Although he's playing fewer minutes, he's averaging more points and attempting more shots. Despite the increased attempts, his percentages have also increased.

A role with the second unit seems to best fit Hardaway Jr.'s style of play. If the Dallas guard continues to pour in the points, he'll remain in the top three in these rankings. But, if he adds another facet or inflates his shooting splits, he may become the runaway favorite.