5. Bogdan Bogdanovic
Last week's rank: 4
A rise in the rankings can't come soon enough for the Atlanta Hawks' Bogdan Bogdanovic. The high-volume scorer continues to light it up. Since the beginning of November, Bogdanovic has scored in double-digits in every game.
In his most recent three outings, the Atlanta sharpshooter averaged 20.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game after a two-game absence. In those three contests, he also knocked down 12 3-pointers. Bogdanovic has knocked down the fifth most 3-pointers in all of the NBA.
The Hawks have been much better with Bogdanovic on the court. Atlanta is 10.7 points better with the Serbian wing on the floor. While known for his offense, the Hawks also improve on the defensive end when Bogdanovic graces the court.
Bogdanovic leads all bench players in steals per game, averaging 1.4 steals per contest. Across the entire league, the Hawks guard ranks 14th in steals.
Not only does he contribute when it comes to counting stats, but the Hawks guard's presence also leads to an increase in the opponent's turnover percentage and a decrease in effective field goal percentage.
By no fault of his, Bogdanovic's Sixth Man of the Year candidacy isn't getting the same recognition as other candidates. And it's likely due to the poor Atlanta record. But on another note, the Hawks swingman performs far better in losses than wins.
In Atlanta losses, Bogdanovic is averaging 19.8 points on 61.7 percent true shooting. In wins, he averages 14.9 points on 57.9 percent true shooting. While circumstantial, these statistics are a bit concerning for the Serbian guard.