Despite the atrocious loss at the hands of the Utah Jazz Monday night, the Dallas Mavericks are finally operating at full capacity, something Mavs fans have awaited to see for some time now.
Dallas guard Kyrie Irving made his return from injury, following a 12-game absence. Fellow guard, Josh Green, also missed 12 games due to an elbow injury. He made his return on December 27.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year Power Rankings: Tim Hardaway Jr. inches closer to top spot
Although Dallas lost by nearly 30 points, having Irving back in the rotation will ease Luka Doncic's excessive burden. Now with Irving in the fold, and Dante Exum a starter, Tim Hardaway Jr. will likely remain a reserve for the rest of the season, barring injury.
Hardaway Jr. started a few games in late December, before returning to his regular role. Upon his return to the bench, the Dallas guard tied his season-high with 32 points. Following his most recent impressive performance, find out where Hardaway Jr. ranks in this week's NBA Sixth Man of the Year Power Rankings.
10. Bobby Portis
Last week's rank: 7
After shooting above 40 percent in every game but one in December, Bobby Portis has shot below 40 percent two games in a row for the first time since November. Nevertheless, he still helps his team out in other ways. He's recorded five or more boards in every game since December 16.
9. Naz Reid
Last week's rank: 6
Like Portis, the Minnesota Timberwolves big man has slowed down as of late. After a strong start to the month, Naz Reid failed to score in double digits for four consecutive games, before rattling off 21 points against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, his double-digit scoring effort was short-lived as he dropped five points on New Year's Day.
8. Immanuel Quickley
Last week's rank: 9
Former New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley won't remain for long in these rankings. Quickley was traded to the Toronto Raptors on December 30. Now a starter for the Raptors, Quickley scored 14 points and brought down six rebounds in a winning effort.
7. Bennedict Mathurin
Last week's rank: N/A
A new addition to these rankings, Bennedict Mathurin has excelled in a bench role for the Indiana Pacers. As a bench player, he's averaging more points and shooting much better from the floor and 3-point range.
6. Malik Monk
Last week's rank: 8
On New Year's Eve, Malik Monk went off for 27 points, four rebounds, and five assists in a 31-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Sacramento Kings guard went 10-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-5 from downtown.