13. Derrick Williams: F, Minnesota Timberwolves 19.8 MPG, 7.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG
I like Rick Adelman, but the coach is starting to tick me off by not giving Derrick Williams the minutes he deserves. He's been getting progressively fewer minutes all week, and that's not something you do to the second overall pick in the draft—especially not if you want him to stay.
Williams is a great talent, but he just isn't getting the PT to show what he can really do. I know there's a lot of competition with Michael Beasley and Kevin Love fighting for minutes, but he's got to fit the rookie in there somewhere.
12. Chandler Parsons: F, Houston Rockets 20.6 MPG, 7.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.2 STLPG, 1.0 APG
There's a position battle going on in Houston at the small forward spot between Chandler Parsons and Chase Budinger. Once Kevin McHale gets his rotation set in stone, we'll start to see consistent production out of Parsons.
11. Norris Cole: G, Miami Heat 22.2 MPG, 9.8 PPG, 3.3 APG, 1.3 STLPG
Cole's cooled down a bit after that 20-point explosion a few weeks back, but he's still been a valuable part of the Miami bench. He scores here and there, but he mainly does a good job of running the offense, which usually means getting the ball to LeBron or Wade and getting out of the way.
10. Greg Stiemsma: C, Boston Celtics 11.3 MPG, 2.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.8 BLKPG
Why an aging team like the C's doesn't give this guy more minutes is beyond me. Not only is Stiemsma a surprisingly good talent, but he leads the NBA in blocks per 48 minutes with a ridiculous 7.58. That's better than Kevin Garnett ever did!
I mean, the kid was in the game for one minute and got a block. If that's not efficient, I don't know what is. He's something special, and if Boston doesn't capitalize, it might be sitting on a potentially game-changing kid.
9. Jon Leuer: F, Milwaukee Bucks 19.0 MPG, 7.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.1 APG
Leuer looked really solid on the floor in his first start earlier in the week against Detroit when he put up 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks. The more minutes he gets, the better his numbers are.
If he keeps starting, I think Milwaukee will be quite content with its Wisconsin product.
8. Tristan Thompson: PF, Cleveland Cavaliers 17.8 MPG, 7.9 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.3 BLKPG
Tristan Thompson won't be able to show his full potential until he gets more minutes in Cleveland. He's doing all the right things, but he's still wafting around the 16- to 20-minute mark in these games. Move Omri Casspi to the bench, Antawn Jamison to the 3 and Thompson to the 4, and watch how the Cavs' production picks up.
7. Kemba Walker: G, Charlotte Bobcats 22.2 MPG, 11.1 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.8 RPG, 1.5 TOPG
I was really pulling for Kemba Walker to get it going, and I'm glad he finally got his stuff together. In his first-ever NBA start against the Golden State Warriors, Walker put up 23 points (8-of-15 shooting, 2-of-4 3PT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes of play—his best performance as a Bobcat thus far.
He got a vote of confidence from Paul Silas, who said he will continue to start. While nothing done against the Warriors defense can be trusted, it's this type of explosion that can get a high-octane scorer like Walker going.
6. Iman Shumpert: G, New York Knicks 30.8 MPG, 11.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 2.8 STLPG
I'll keep it funky with you guys: I do NOT like seeing Iman Shumpert run the PG for the Knicks offense. It's weird. He's 6'5", 220 pounds solid, and built like a grown man. It was a good move for Mike D'Antoni to start Mike Bibby at the point and move Shumpert to the 2.
Either way, the rookie had a terrible shooting week, shooting for a combined 20-of-58 (34.5 percent) from the field. He's got to pick it up to stay high on my list.