The Dallas Mavericks are riding hot off a big victory over the Phoenix Suns on Christmas Night. Although the lineup is in flux, the Mavericks have continued to defeat the Suns under any circumstances.
Dallas defeated Phoenix by 14 points, behind Luka Doncic's 50-point performance. Aside from Doncic's heroics, Dereck Lively II, Derrick Jones Jr., and Tim Hardaway Jr. all showed out.
Each of the three Dallas role players notched 18 or more points and recorded plus/minuses of plus-10 or more. After a tough stretch of games, this win against the Suns will likely right the ship.
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Lively II played his first game in nine days, and his teammates Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, and Maxi Kleber may soon follow. In Irving's absence, look for continued strong efforts from Hardaway Jr., the Mavs' frontrunner in the race for the Sixth Man of the Year. Find out who else is in the running below.
10. Collin Sexton
Last week's rank: 9
The Utah Jazz guard's stats are increasing across the board. However, he's now started the past seven games. As a starter, he's averaged 23.3 points and 4.4 assists per game. Until he moves back to the bench, Collin Sexton will be slotted near the bottom of these rankings.
9. Immanuel Quickley
Last week's rank: 8
Immanuel Quickley has seen a swift drop in these rankings over the past month. Over the past week, Quickley played as well as he has in quite some time. The Knicks guard averaged 16.5 points per game with a 20-point showing on Christmas day.
8. Malik Monk
Last week's rank: 6
Uh oh, the Sacramento Kings guard is yet another faller in these rankings. Although his assists remain consistent, he's struggled to put the ball in the hoop as of late. Now out with a foot injury, the Kings guard must get back on track soon, or else he'll take another tumble.
7. Bobby Portis
Last week's rank: 7
Every other game Bobby Portis seems to dominate. Over the last week, Portis put up 23, 6, 23, then 12. Although his scoring is up and down, he's been rebounding with extreme consistency. The Bucks big man hasn't recorded less than six boards since December 13.
6. Naz Reid
Last week's rank: 5
It's fair to wonder what Naz Reid's stats would look like on a team without two All-Star centers in the starting lineup. Nevertheless, Reid is set for a few poor games here and there. Of the past four games, Reid recorded double-digits in only two of them.