Week 12: Top three remain unchanged, Kobe and Amar’e climb onto the list and a pair of Grizzlies take a tumble.
Call it the rise of the nicknames.
From Black Mamba and STAT to Vinsanity, a trio of all-too-familiar names climb onto (or back on) the list. Is this nothing more than a ceremonial stroll down memory lane? Hardly. All three earned their spot on the latest OSPR with productive weeks.
- Notes: Statistics are through games of Feb. 4. Rankings are based on entire regular season with heavy emphasis on recent play.
- Any player who turns 33 during the regular season can be added to the Old School Power Rankings
1. Pau Gasol (35), Chicago Bulls
Last week’s rank: 1
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 16.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 4.0 apg
Season stats: 16.7 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3.3 apg
It was yet another productive week for Gasol, who pocketed two double-doubles in his three games and now has six double-doubles in his last seven. He’s also shot 50 percent or better in six of seven. It’s looking more and more like that Jan. 20 stinker against Golden State (one point on 0-for-8 shooting) served as a serious wake-up call.
2. Dwyane Wade (34), Miami Heat
Last week’s rank: 2
Last week’s stats: 4 games, 18.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.8 apg
Season stats: 18.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.7 apg
Despite a poor shooting week (38.7 from the field), Wade still turned in four games of 15 or more points, four or more rebounds and four or more assists. For good measure, Wade chipped in at least one steal in each game. Heck, the veteran guard even managed to average 1.3 blocks for the week.
3. Dirk Nowitzki (37), Dallas Mavericks
Last week’s rank: 3
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 19.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.7 apg
Season stats: 17.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apg
Nowitzki got out of the gates in mediocre fashion last Friday (12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks). But he backed that up with two decent outings, going for 18 or more points in both. Nowitzki also managed seven blocks (2.3 average), which is more than his last 17 games combined. We’ve got no reason to hate on the future Hall of Famer, unlike some.
4. Jamal Crawford (35), Los Angeles Clippers
Last week’s rank: 5
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 20.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.3 apg
Season stats: 13.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.1 apg
Crawford’s offensive game appears to be turning the corner, having notched 15 or more points in four straight games. Helping that is his stroke at the free-throw line, making his last 18 in a row. But we have noticed an ugly shooting pattern recently with Crawford: 9-for-16 on Jan. 27, 5-for-13 on Jan. 29, 11-for-15 on Jan. 31 and 5-for-15 on Feb. 3.
5. Zach Randolph (34), Memphis Grizzlies
Last week’s rank: 4
Last week’s stats: 2 games, 16.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.5 apg
Season stats: 13.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.4 apg
Though he played just two games, Randolph had his shooting touch (15-for-23, 65.2 FG%) working in two Memphis victories. We’d like to see Randolph get more aggressive offensively (he has fewer than 10 FGA in three of his last five games) and on the boards (he’s gone for more than 10 rebounds in just two of his last 10 games).
6. Kobe Bryant (37), Los Angeles Lakers
Last week’s rank: NA
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 29.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.3 apg
Season stats: 16.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.5 apg
He’s back — and with a vengeance. For the first time since Dec. 11-17, Bryant has scored 20 or more in three consecutive games. The biggest reason for the recent surge may be Bryant’s work from beyond the arc. He connected on 15-for-30 last week, hitting at least four 3-pointers in all three games. Bryant also managed six steals for the week.
7. Amar’e Stoudemire (33), Miami Heat
Last week’s rank: Just missed
Last week’s stats: 4 games, 11.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 0.5 apg
Season stats: 5.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.6 apg
Healthy and playing, Stoudemire is giving the Heat a big boost on both ends of the court. In addition to back-to-back double-doubles last week, Stoudemire managed to shoot 57.6 from the field while averaging 1.8 blocks. Now seeing consistent minutes (21.5 average last week), Stoudemire has grabbed at least seven boards in five of his last six.
8. Joe Johnson (34), Brooklyn Nets
Last week’s rank: 7
Last week’s stats: 4 games, 11.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.8 apg
Season stats: 11.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apg
Johnson went for 20 points (7-for-12 from the field, 4-for-5 3-pointers) and nine assists Wednesday. The rest of the week, though, left much to be desired. Johnson scored a combined 26 points in the other three games to go along with 30.7 FG% (8-for-26) and just 2-for-14 from beyond the arc.
9. Tyson Chandler (33), Phoenix Suns
Last week’s rank: 9
Last week’s stats: 4 games, 4.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.3 apg
Season stats: 5.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.0 apg
The rebounding is there, to the tune of three double-digit rebounding games in his last four. Chandler also shot 66.7 from the field last week. That’s misleading since he only had a combined 12 FGA in all four games. Chandler has gone with eight or fewer FGA in six straight and two or fewer shots in three of his last four.
10. Vince Carter (39), Memphis Grizzlies
Last week’s rank: NA
Last week’s stats: 2 games, 13.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 apg
Season stats: 4.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.7 apg
It appears there’s a drop or two left in the tank. In addition to back-to-back games of 13 points, Carter shot a blistering 71.4 from the field (10-for-14) and 62.5 from beyond the arc (5-for-8). Carter, who averaged 16.7 minutes for the week, had back-to-back games with 10-plus minutes for the first time since Jan. 10-12.
Just missed the cut: Nene, Matt Barnes, Tony Allen
Will turn 33 this season: Devin Harris (Feb. 27)