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4. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Last week's rank: 4

The Milwaukee Bucks looked to have turned their season around. They are currently sitting at third in the Eastern Conference, but a recent five-game winning streak has got them back within striking distance of finishing as a top-two seed.

This time last week, the Bucks were free-falling down the Eastern Conference rankings. Today, they are currently sitting in third and tied for second place with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Down the stretch, the Bucks will need to win their key games if they wish to finish as the second seed.

In the last five games, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has been dominant. In Milwaukee's latest win over the Chicago Bulls, Giannis finished with an efficient 46 points. Additionally, the former MVP snagged 16 rebounds en route to beating the Bulls 113-97.

Defensively, the Bucks have flipped the script on their season. Before Doc Rivers took over coaching duties, the Bucks ranked as one of the last teams in the defensive rating. Today, the Bucks rank fifth in defensive rating while also keeping their offense hot.

Giannis has been a vital piece on both ends of the floor for Milwaukee. The former MVP has not only had one of the best scoring seasons in his career but has also had one of his better defensive seasons as well.

If Milwaukee can continue to win games, Giannis will likely rise in the rankings. The Bucks will look to stretch their win streak to six in a row against the LA Clippers.