5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Last week's rank: 6
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander re-enters the top five after a strong showing this week and being the No. 6 player in the power rankings last week.
Shai has dominated all season, including this week, as the Thunder have continued to win games. They are now 16-8 and second in the Western Conference in large part to what Shai has done all season.
Many fans expected Shai to take this leap in his career but didn't know what kind of leap he would take. After a full summer on Team Canada, Shai's game has reached another level. It's hard to know if the 25-year-old could take another leap, but due to his youth, it could be expected.
Shai is likely the most all-around player inside the top five, which is why he's a continuous candidate for the number one spot. Since last week, the margin between the number one ranking and five has grown increasingly closer. Shai has the ability to take that leap.
After defeating the reigning champion Denver Nuggets, it was easy to see that Shai also has leadership ability as well. He led the Thunder with 25 points and eight rebounds.
Shai also backed up his supporters in a 43-point game against the Sacramento Kings. Despite the loss, Shai had an amazing night and a near-double-double as well.
Defensively, Shai has proven to be a potential Defensive Player of The Year candidate, as he leads all players in total steals. With his insane athleticism and wingspan, it's easy to see how Shai gets so many loose balls.
If Shai puts up another strong performance next week, he could regain his top-three rankings.