3. Tim Hardaway Jr.
Last week's rank: 3
Tim Hardaway Jr. is one of four players to stay put on this week's Power Rankings. All in all, the Dallas gunslinger had a pretty good week of basketball.
After a poor performance on December 18 against the Denver Nuggets, he bounced back to score 16 or more points in four straight contests.
Hardaway Jr. scored 21, 16, 23, and then 18 over that four-game stretch. He also contributed in other ways besides scoring. The former Wolverine has averaged 4.8 rebounds per game over his last four. His stats besides scoring have held him back in these rankings, but he might be turning a corner.
Although just a slight uptick, Hardaway Jr. recorded 2.6 assists per game over that four-game span. A 0.7 increase above his season average. The Dallas guard is laser-focused on scoring, as he should be, but if further contributions besides points start creeping into his game, look out.
His spot in the lineup leads to a big jump in offense for Dallas. The Mavericks score more and score more efficiently with Hardaway Jr. on the floor. However, Dallas suffers at the defensive with the Michigan product on the court.
As discussed in previous Power Rankings, Hardaway Jr. is far less than stellar on the defensive end of the floor. Dallas completely falters when he's on the court, allowing 10 points more per 100 possessions with Hardaway Jr. on the court.
Despite an apathy for defense, Hardaway Jr. leads the league in charges drawn. He's drawn 19 charges on the year. While he may not be the best at staying in front of his man on the perimeter, he does a great job holding his ground near the restricted area to draw charges.