Losing Rubio hurts the Timberwolves.. a lot. Point guards like Rubio help their teams even when they are in shooting slumps. The Timberwolves relied on Rubio to hit their players with passes in their sweet spots on the floor.. Love left-center at the arc, Ridnour anywhere on the court, Wesley Johnson anywhere off the court, and Pek babysitting the paint. Don't forget his defense, either. Rubio is an extremely talented defender on a horrible defensive team. The power of Love can only carry you so far..
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New Orleans Hornets 2011-12 Power Rankings, V.9
After beating the dreaded Timberwolves to end a 4-game losing streak, it’s time to once again adjust the 2011-12 player power rankings… or is it?
Forgive me for boring you guys, but we have a first this week. For the first time all season, there are no changes to the power rankings (apart from Solomon Jones’ departure). With another week of inactivity, guys like Okafor and Landry could very well fall, but for now, there are no changes that need to be made. Disagree with that assessment? Drop us a line in the comments section and let us know!
1. Emeka Okafor, C: 27 GP, 28.9 MPG, 9.9 PPG, 53.7 FG%, 7.9 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 15.6 PER
Get well soon, Mek!
2. Jarrett Jack, PG: 34 GP, 34.0 MPG, 14.9 PPG, 44.2 FG%, 6.0 APG, 3.7 RPG, 16.9 PER
Jack had a rough start to his week in Portland, but bounced back in his last three, totaling 59 points on just 38 shots. Turnovers were a problem, though, something that usually is not a big concern with him; he had 5 of them in Sacramento on Wednesday, giving him 13 in two games against the Kings this season.
3. Gustavo Ayon, C: 33 GP, 19.9 MPG, 6.4 PPG, 57.7 FG%, 4.6 RPG, 18.1 PER
Ayon is very active both on offense and defense, but sometimes he lacks aggression. In three games this week (he missed the Kings game with a minor injury), Gustavo totaled just six boards, an unacceptable amount. Hopefully his rebounding game returns soon.
4. Trevor Ariza, SF: 31 GP, 34.3 MPG, 11.7 PPG, 42.0 FG%, 5.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 15.0 PER
Ariza had a pretty lackluster week except for his 20/4/6/4 output against the Kings. He made 11 of his 13 free throw attempts for the week, though, and is shooting 10% over his career free throw percentage (67.2%) this season (77.9%).
5. Greivis Vasquez, PG: 41 GP. 23.6 MPG, 8.1 PPG, 40.9 FG%, 4.8 APG, 14.5 PER
Solid week for Greivis in his backup PG role, making 12 of 26 shots and adding in 19 assists. He has improved his below-average turnover rate over the past few weeks as well.
6. Carl Landry, PF: 24 GP, 23.9 MPG, 11.5 PPG, 46.7 FG%, 4.4 RPG, 16.6 PER
Landry could return this week, though there is always a chance that he may not even be a Hornet by the time next week’s power rankings come out.
7. Chris Kaman, C: 33 GP, 27.8 MPG, 12.5 PPG, 42.0 FG%, 7.9 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 14.6 PER
Kaman recovered from a 4-13 shooting night in Portland to make 50% of his shots over the rest of the week, averaging 16 points and 7.3 rebounds over the most recent three games. He also missed his first career triple double by 2 assists in Sacramento, as his 18/11/8 line was potentially his best game this season. If you’re not with us for next week’s rankings, thanks for what you’ve done for our team, Chris!
8: Jason Smith, PF: 21 GP, 21.5 MPG, 8.2 PPG, 47.3 FG%, 3.9 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 13.9 PER
Better safe than sorry when it comes to concussions; Smith will be back when he’s cleared by team doctors, and not a second before.
9: Marco Belinelli, SG: 41 GP, 30.6 MPG, 11.3 PPG, 41.1 FG%, 35.5 3P%, 2.9 RPG, 10.9 PER
Beli looked like January Beli this past week, shooting 26.7% from beyond the arc and 39.6% percent overall. No shooting consistency + no help in any other stat categories = poor NBA player.
10. Xavier Henry, SG: 21 GP, 15.1 MPG, 5.6 PPG, 40.9 FG%, 2.1 RPG, 11.3 PER
Rough shooting week for Xavier and he only got to the line 4 times, which is already enough information to assume he had a rough week. He continues to show tons of hustle and seems determined to improve, though, so I’ll enjoy watching him try to make the most of his minutes as the season starts to wind down.
11. Lance Thomas, PF: 19 GP, 12.1 MPG, 4.1 PPG, 44.4 FG%, 3.1 RPG, 12.3 PER
Thomas had a career night Friday against Denver, finishing with 18 points via averaging an incredible 3 points per field goal attempt (12-14 from the FT line). Overall, he shot 55% from the field this past week while grabbing 15 total rebounds as well in 22 minutes per game. It would be great to see more of the same from Lance in the coming weeks.
12. Al-Farouq Aminu, SF: 37 GP, 19.3 MPG, 4.8 PPG, 37.2 FG%, 4.3 RPG, 9.1 PER
Aminu played considerably better this week than his stinkbomb of a week last week. He averaged 6.25 points (11-15 from the field) and 5.5 rebounds in about 17 minutes per game. It’s nowhere near enough to get him out of the cellar, but at least it’s a start.
Incomplete: Eric Gordon, SG; Jeff Foote, C
Player Power Rankings is a weekly piece that you can find every Sunday only on Hornets247.com. For past rankings, click here.
I've been thinking about Ariza running a little point foward. Since he is third on the team in assists. Is it a viable possiblity? Maybe it's me missing CP3 but are there any game changing point guards coming out?
Who is Number 11? I got a suggestion.... Kobe Bryant! Hate to root for injuries, but he was partly responsible for the Rubio injury, which will likely result in that pick being 10 or 11- instead of 16. Kobe at #11!