5. Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Last week's rank: 4
The Miami Heat's Jaime Jaquez Jr. has started more games than not as of late. However, it appears as if he'll be headed back to the bench once Jimmy Butler returns to play.
Butler has only played in one contest since December 18, on the 30th against the Utah Jazz. In the game, Jaquez Jr. came off the bench. Nevertheless, he still received 35 minutes of playing time.
On the season, Jaquez Jr. is averaging nearly 30 minutes per game, fourth most on the roster. Despite the ample playing time in his inaugural season, he's been playing with extreme efficiency.
The UCLA product is shooting 50.4 percent from the floor, 35.4 percent from 3-point range, and 85.2 percent from the free throw line. His efficiency is even better when he comes off the bench. As a reserve, he shoots 51.5 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from beyond the arc, and 87.0 percent from the charity stripe.
Jaquez Jr. ranks in the top 25 of rookies, all-time, in free throw and true shooting percentage. His 59.4 true shooting percentage mark is extraordinary. Of the top 25 rookie leaders in the category, he's one of five to attempt three or more 3-pointers per game.
Although this column is focused more on achievements as a top reserve, it's an accomplishment in itself to have so much success as a rookie.
The Miami forward is wise beyond his years. He plays with great pace, knows how to move without the ball, and scores like an early 2000s shooting guard.
Since Jaquez Jr.'s Christmas Day explosion, he's cooled off a bit. But, a top 5 ranking will likely remain where the 22-year-old remains for the rest of the season. He's that good.