1. Austin Reaves
Last week's rank: 1
Still the top player on the Power Rankings, Austin Reaves has continued to ball out off the bench. He played in five games over the last seven days and scored in double digits in every single game.
In the first three, of the five-game stretch, Reaves put up 20, 21, and then 20 points. Over that five-game stretch, Reaves averaged 4.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists. The do-it-all guard excels in all aspects of the game.
Furthermore, Reaves hasn't missed a free throw since December 12th! His shooting percentages continue to trend upwards, beyond the line. The Lakers guard hasn't shot below 40 percent since late November.
His consistency has been unreal and it doesn't look like it'll stop any time soon. Reaves has attempted three or more 3-pointers in every game in December. However, he's never shot less than 25 percent from beyond the arc in any game in the month.
December has easily been Reaves' best month. He's averaging 17.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game while shooting month-highs in every category. Reaves has shot 50.0 percent from the floor, 43.1 percent from three, and 93.9 percent from the line thus far.
Although Reaves hasn't provided the same on/off impact this season as he has in recent years, he's still a plus on the offensive end when he's on the court.
On a superficial level, Reaves' presence on the court does not bode well for the Los Angeles defense. However, when dissecting further, it's apparent Reaves has been more than adequate on defense this year.
Reaves ranks in the batter half of all players in steal percentage, defensive box plus/minus, and defensive win shares. While Reaves is certainly a better offensive player, he's no slouch on the less glamorous end.