4. Malik Monk
Last week's rank: 6
At this point, Malik Monk is more like a 3B, rather than a solid number 4. He's had a great year, but last week demonstrated his full potential. His improved passing chops have been frequently discussed in these articles, but his scoring took a huge step forward in the last week.
Over the past week, Monk has averaged 20.7 points per game. Increasing his season average to 14.4 points per game on the year, which would be a career-high for Monk.
The Kings' guard plays a large part in the team's successes. When Monk is off the court, the Kings register a 112.4 offensive rating. However, when Monk is on the court, the offensive rating bumps up to a 118.0 rating.
Despite a historic offensive a season ago, the Kings are more of a middling unit this season. Sacramento ranks 13th in the NBA in offensive rating at 114.2. However, sub-in Monk and the Kings would rank third in the association.
Monk is a crucial part of the Kings' roster. He averages the third most points and assists per game on the Kings. And in all three of the most recent Sacramento victories, Monk has recorded a plus/minus of 11 or more.
Furthermore, in wins, Monk averages nearly five more points per game. He also shoots four percentage points better from the floor and from three in victories.
Look for Monk's spot in these rankings to rarely fluctuate. Nevertheless, if he continues to increase his scoring average while piloting the second unit, his rank may improve.