NBA Sixth Man of the Year Power Rankings: Austin Reaves holds onto No. 1 spot

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4. Jaime Jaquez Jr.

Last week's rank: N/A

A forgotten inclusion on last week's rankings, Jaime Jaquez Jr. deserves a top-five spot, but he may not be here for long. The Miami Heat rookie has been starting the past few games and excelling in that role.

As a starter, on Christmas Day, Jaquez Jr. recorded a breakthrough performance on a national stage. The former UCLA Bruin scored 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting. He also grabbed 10 boards and notched two steals in a Heat victory.

On the season, Jaquez Jr. averages 13.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on fantastic shooting splits. He's shooting 51.6 percent from the floor and 37.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Jaquez Jr.'s numbers aren't all that different as a starter. When he starts, his shooting percentages plummet. He averages two more points per game, but he only shoots 48.8 percent from the field and 28.0 percent from distance.

Off the pine, Jaquez Jr. averages more assists and also shoots it better. He knocks down 52.7 percent of his field goals and 41.9 percent of his trey balls.

It might be only a matter of time before Jaquez Jr. seizes a starting role, but his usefulness off the bench is a huge plus for the Heat. Jaquez Jr. can score at will against defenders due to his unique combination of footwork and physicality.

A lineup consisting of Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, and Jaquez Jr. will certainly limit his touches. Thus a spot off the bench may be the most ideal for the UCLA product. If Jaquez Jr. continues to come off the bench, he could bring home the Sixth Man of the Year Award.