3. Cole Anthony
Last week's rank: 2
Ever since his ascension to the top of these rankings, Cole Anthony's play has tailed off. He's still producing well for the Orlando Magic, but his contributions aren't as imposing as his fellow candidates.
Over December, Anthony averaged 12.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. All down from his impressive November. Alongside his decrease in counting stats, his usage rate and true shooting percentage also declined.
Throughout the past week, Anthony performed quite adequately. He never surpassed the 13-point mark, yet he never received more than 23 minutes in any game either. Although a lack of scoring was persistent, Anthony recorded five or more assists or rebounds in each of his past three contests.
The Magic guard hasn't had a true standout performance since December 21, where he recorded 18 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. That game against the Milwaukee Bucks was one of the best games of his season, but that shows just how impactful Anthony can be.
Even though his counting stats are down, he's proved to be an integral part of the team. He's recorded a positive plus/minus in five of his last six appearances. Unlike the top player's team, the Magic's plus/minus leaderboard is full of bench players as opposed to starters.
Although starting guard, Markelle Fultz remains out, the Magic have continued to entrust rookie guard Anthony Black with the starting point guard spot. Anthony's spot on the bench seems to be solidified, but a drop in these rankings may occur if he continues to decline.