... are up!
Thanks to Ryan at Hoops Addict
FWIW (not much), here are my rankings (which I'm posting mostly because I'm pissed frickin' Kevin Love made the Final 5 in ROY voting and Jason Thompson wuz robbed! Stop sleeping on him bloggers!):
10 Points: LeBron James: 30, 8, and 7? Three 41 pt. games in a week? If he's not No. 1, there needs to be an investigation.
9: Dwyane Wade: Almost playing at the same level as LeBron, but turning the ball over too much.
8: Dwight Howard: So, so dominating. How did he not annihilate Olympic competition?
7: Chris Paul: The only player who can produce 22, 5, and 12 (while shooting 55% and leading the league in steals) and actually be a little disappointing.
6: Kobe Bryant: Nothing spectacular thus far, but until his team loses, he's gotta be top five. [NOTE: THE LAKERS WERE UNDEFEATED WHEN I WROTE THIS]
5: Joe Johnson: Using the same logic, let's show the Hawks' best player some love. I watched him have a bad shooting game against the Bulls, and he still ended up killing them with timely assists.
4: Paul Pierce: Had basically been ho-hum, until this week, when he stepped up HUGE late in games, much like in last year's Playoffs.
3: Tim Duncan: Not sure if he can keep the Spurs alive, but he's doing his damnedest.
2: Amar'e Stoudemire: Take away his huge game against the Pacers, and he probably doesn't merit Top 10. But that game was jawdropping
1: Chris Bosh: On pace for his best season.
5 Points: Derrick Rose: There is but one God, and Derrick Rose is his prophet. If he was playing with even a decent frontcourt, his assists would be a lot higher.
4: OJ Mayo: Impressive scoring, and, better yet, impressive shooting. That assist to turnover ratio (1:1.25) is a wreck, though.
3: Rudy Fernandez: 48 from the field, 46 from behind the arc, and 93 at the line: What's Spanish for "shooting the lights out"?
2: Jason Thompson: 12 and 7 per 25 minutes is pretty frickin' good for the pick everybody mocked. Indeed, per minute, he's rebounding and scoring(!!) better than Beasley.
1: Michael Beasley: Not that Beasley's been a bust. The scoring's been good--at times stunning. But where's the consistent rebounding?