NBA Sixth Man of the Year Power Rankings: Austin Reaves rises, new name makes list

Dec 16, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr.
Dec 16, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. / Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
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5. Naz Reid

Last week's rank: 9

Minnesota big man Naz Reid's ascension has come rather abruptly. After finding himself outside the top 10 altogether, Reid now ranks fifth on the list. The Wolves' center is also the highest ranked big man on the list.

Although he plays the center position, Reid has spent nearly half his time, 41 percent, at the four spot. And despite standing at 6-foot-9 and weighing more than 260 pounds, Reid shoots and moves like a guard.

Over the past week, Reid scored 17, 27, and 17 again. His 27-point performance against the Mavericks was special. The former LSU Tiger knocked down 7-of-11 trey balls en route to his season-high performance.

Against the Mavericks, Reid led the team in scoring and ranked second in plus/minus with a plus-16. Two nights later against the Indiana Pacers, Reid paced the Wolves in plus/minus, finishing with a plus-25 in an 18-point win.

In every game this past week, Reid shot above 40 percent from behind the arc. On the season, the Minnesota big is now slashing 50.8 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three, and 92.1 percent from the line.

If Reid continues his phenomenal play, he'll join the exclusive 50/40/90 club. Only 11 players have ever recorded seasons in which they shot above 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from distance, and 90 percent from the line.

Look for Reid's ranking to rise as the Timberwolves remain in the win column. A Sixth Man of the Year Award would be the cherry on top, as no Timberwolf has brought home the honor.