4. Malik Monk
Last week's rank: 4
Malik Monk has been on a tear as of late. Although not enough to shoot up the rankings, Monk is breathing down number three's neck.
Over the past week, Monk put up 21, then 13 points. And even better, Monk has played with fantastic efficiency. He shot 50 percent in both games, while also knocking down 8-of-16 3-point attempts.
The Sacramento guard has been putting up a bevy of points, efficiently. Something he hasn't done much of in his career. He's still just shooting 42.9 percent from the floor, but his 3-point percentage is up to 42.4 percent.
Besides his scoring output, Monk is passing the ball excellently. He's third on the Kings in both assists per game and assist percentage. On a per-36-minute basis, Monk ranks in the top 30 in the NBA in assists per game.
Monk is adding tremendous value to the Kings in multiple facets of the game. His on-off splits are telling of the Kings' successes, especially on offense.
The Kings' offensive rating is nearly seven points better with Monk on the floor. Additionally, Sacramento plays with more efficiency. The Kings shoot it better and turn the ball over less often when Monk is on the court.
A promotion in these rankings wouldn't be too far-fetched for Monk. If improvements in defense or further improvement in efficiency metrics occur, Monk's Sixth Man of the Year hopes will only increase.