5. Austin Reaves
Last week's rank: 5
Over the last week, Lakers guard Austin Reaves hasn't wowed with his playmaking like he did throughout November. After recording four or more assists for 11 straight games, Reaves only recorded four assists once over the past four games.
Even though the young guard has lacked in the passing department, he still averages 4.7 assists per game over the season. Other than his passing stats, Reaves puts up 13.7 points to go along with 4.7 rebounds per night.
His production has improved once he moved to the bench. In less action per game, Reaves averages more points and assists per game as a reserve. Additionally, his shooting splits are up.
As a starter, Reaves only shot 41.6 percent from the floor and 27.8 percent from three. Off the pine, he's shooting 50 percent from the floor and 34 percent from downtown. Reaves has also upped his free throw percentage by nearly seven percentage points.
The move to the bench has done wonders for Reaves' game. And perhaps most importantly, the Lakers have also improved with Reaves as a reserve. In his 13 appearances off the bench, Los Angeles is 9-4. With Reaves in the opening unit, the Lakers began the season 3-5.
Additional improvement is imminent for the Lakers guard. He's proved to be a valuable contributor off the bench thus far. After such a promising year a season ago, his game has stymied a bit. But an increase in 3-point accuracy may be just what Reaves needs to step it up.