Read below for points-league rankings and reaction.
Points-league rankings and reaction
There was a bit of volatility in the top 15 of this week's rankings, as several players are jostling for the top positions.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are experiencing growing pains as they work Isaiah Thomas into the mix, but once he's fully integrated, it could mean a slight step back for LeBron James. This uncertainty let Karl-Anthony Towns jump over James in the rankings, though Towns' teammate Jimmy Butler is also flirting with the top 10 now on the strength of his own sustained great play of the last couple of months. James Harden's impending return moved him up a few slots while also pushing teammate Chris Paul down a few.
There are already two other teams with a pair of teammates in the top 10 of the rankings, and there was some relative movement there as well. Anthony Davis is ever mercurial due to questions of health, but he's playing and dominating right now, which has moved him past teammate DeMarcus Cousins in the rankings. Cousins also falls behind Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who are both healthy again and producing monster numbers next to one another.
DeMar DeRozan slid up into the top 15 himself, rounding out the changes at the top. Entering this season, DeRozan trailed teammate Kyle Lowry in value, but DeRozan has taken a step forward with a more aggressive game, better shooting from the perimeter and more involvement in setting up teammates. That's earned him his raise, while Lowry has taken a step back this season and is currently struggling to stay in the top 30.
As always, the rankings will continue to evolve every week. Below, check out more of the risers and fallers in this week's rankings.
CJ McCollum has taken advantage of extra responsibility with Damian Lillard in-and-out of the lineup in recent weeks, and he has seemed to play himself into a rhythm that has him moving up the chart.
Goran Dragic jumped more than 20 slots this week, as he's finally starting to play up to his preseason expectations. With all of the injuries, Dragic has taken on his role leading the offense for the resurgent Miami Heat.
Dennis Smith Jr. and De'Aaron Fox have played better of late, and both move up a bit on the upside of being very young scoring point guards on bad teams that should feature them down the stretch.
Harden moves up a couple of spots on the expectation that he returns to the court this week. When healthy, Harden has battled for the top spot in the rankings.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Zach LaVine are back from long injury absences, and both have played well in their initial games. I've had people ask me on Twitter (@ProfessorDrz) where I rank them moving forward. I jumped them both up to about 80 this week and will monitor their level and consistency before moving them further.
Kawhi Leonard is in this space every week, because he moves up and down based on his response to injury. He's back from the shoulder, so he moved up a bit this week, but he's still not playing within 48 hours of his last game, so I can't move him all the way up yet.
Otto Porter Jr. and Robert Covington both slid in the rankings on the strength of sustained play below the level they exhibited earlier in the season. Covington dropped more, because when the Philadelphia 76ers are healthy, he's just too far down the priority list for touches.
Andrew Wiggins took a big fall in the rankings a few weeks ago, based on sustained poor play, but since then, he's shown signs of turning it around, so he moves back up into the top 100.
Josh Jackson and Jabari Parker both jumped into the rankings this week. Jackson, because he's finally playing better, and since the Phoenix Suns are so poor, he should get plenty of run down the stretch. Parker, because he is expected to return sometime in the next month.
Kevin Love has played down from his season-long level during the last couple of weeks, and with Thomas working his way into the top of the lineup, it's possible that Love moving forward looks more like last season than this, so he slides about 10 spots in the rankings.
Wide-bodied power forwards moving in opposite directions: Julius Randle is starting and playing a significant role for the Lakers right now, so he's up into the top 100. Zach Randolph has started to seemingly be phased out of the Sacramento Kings' rotation in favor of more youth, so he slides out of the top 100.
In a trend this week, DeAndre Jordan drops a few spots this due to injury. He's likely back soon, though, so he could be back up soon if he resumes his previous level of play.
Myles Turner is out for the next four games, at least, and is considered week-to-week after missing his last three outings, which drops him about 10 spots. Domantas Sabonis, on the other hand, moves up about 10 slots on the strength of his production while replacing Turner.
Jahlil Okafor has fallen to the bottom of the top 150 and may soon fall out completely. I still believe he has 20/10 upside this season, but the Brooklyn Nets are taking it so slowly with his integration that there's a chance he doesn't do much at all this year.