(t5!) NBA Player Power Rankings [30 to 21]

#030: Kelly Oubre Jr.

Kelly Paul Oubre Jr.
SF | 6' 7" | 205 lb
twitter: @KELLYOUBREJR | instagram: @kellyoubrejr

Best Game
2016.12.10 vs. Milwaukee: 19 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 3-for-6 3's

“ The athleticism and 7–2 wingspan covers for whatever shortcomings second-year forward Kelly Oubre, 21, has as a player. The Wizards moved up to draft, developed and cultivated the lockdown defender into a key piece of Scott Brooks’ rotation.”
 — J. Michael, CSN Mid-Atlantic

Kelly Oubre Jr. dropped another Kelly
Kelly Oubre Jr. dabbed to get hyped up
Kelly Oubre Jr. was there for Fashion Week

#029: Dejounte Murray

Dejounte Dashaun Murray
PG | 6' 5" | 170 lb
twitter: @dejountemurray | instagram: @dejountemurray | snapchat: Gods_Gift2015

Best Game
2017.01.19 vs. Denver: 24 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3-for-5 3's

“In Murray, the Spurs got size and the length that comes from a 6'11” wingspan, plus loads of athleticism. The combination intrigues, even as he languishes at the end of the bench behind Parker, Mills and fellow rookie (but Argentine professional) Nicolas Laprovittola.”
 — Mike Monroe, Bleacher Report

Dejounte Murray was liked by fellow rookies
Dejounte Murray was trying to seal a rebound from David Lee
Dejounte Murray has a weird tattoo

#028: Marcus Smart

Marcus Osmund Smart
PG/SG | 6' 4" | 220 lb
twitter: @smart_MS3 | instagram: @youngamechanger

Best Game
2017.05.21 at Cleveland (Gm 3 Eastern Conference Finals): 27 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 7-for-10 3's

“Fortunately, Smart always had one thing that made it easy for him to play in the NBA, defense. Smart is one of the biggest guards in the league and if you’re sending them into a ring, Smart has a great case as the strongest.”
 — Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini

Marcus Smart was mic’d up on Christmas
Marcus Smart was good at selling fouls
Marcus Smart was enjoying being a Celtic

#027: Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry
PG | 6' 0" | 205 lb
twitter: @Klow7 | instagram: @kyle_lowry7

Best Game
2017.01.01 at Los Angeles Lakers: 41 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 12-for-16 FG’s, 6-for-7 3’s, 11–11 FT’s

“Despite slimming down over the past two seasons, he continues to give off the illusion of being bigger than he is; his crossovers aren’t particularly snappy, but they take up a lot of lateral space, and his power dribbles force defenders to concede breathing room.”
 — Danny Chau, The Ringer

Kyle Lowry wanted you to get to know him
Kyle Lowry liked to clown his best bud
Kyle Lowry spoke his mind about Trump’s travel ban

#026: Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis
PG | 5' 10" | 150 lb
twitter: @tulis3 | instagram: @tulis3 | snapchat: @t_ulis3

Best Game
2017.04.02 vs. Houston: 34 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 15–for-22 FG’s

“Few points came easy for Ulis, but he managed to succeed at a remarkable clip. All of this would have been more remarkable, perhaps, if Thomas hadn’t made this sort of physically mismatched manhandling commonplace this season. But Ulis isn’t built like Thomas or players like Nate Robinson, whose muscle helped them compensate for their lack of length. His frame, which is more like a scaled-down version of the average, lanky NBA player, makes his success at his height even more impressive.”
 — Chris Almeida, The Ringer

Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker interviewed each other
Tyler Ulis showed off a decent jersey collection
Tyler Ulis was ona short jump ball with Isaiah Thomas

#025: John Wall

Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr.
PG | 6' 4" | 195 lb
twitter: @JohnWall | instagram: @johnwall

Best Game
2016.04.28 at Atlanta (Rd 1 Gm 6 Eastern Conference Playoffs): 42 points, 1 rebound, 8 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks

“And Wall. Look, this dude is not normal. He’s an offense by himself. He’s not LeBron, but next to maybe Giannis, nobody else in the East comes close to affecting games like he does. His scoring is more refined than ever, he’s the best passer in the league, and he makes the game easier for every other player on the floor.”
 — Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated

John Wall asked Dennis Schröder a question
John Wall told his teammates to keep their head up
John Wall trash-talked Atlanta courtside celebrities

#024: Ricky Rubio

Ricard Rubio
PG | 6' 4" | 194 lb
twitter: @rickyrubio9 | instagram: @ruuufio

Best Game
2017.03.30 vs. Los Angeles Lakers: 33 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, 4-for-5 3's

“Rubio’s shot has looked different this season, particularly in the last month or so. He is shooting with confidence. When he is left open, as he often is on the perimeter, he’s taking the shot without a second thought.”
 — Jace Frederick, Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Ricky Rubio winked after a three
Ricky Rubio invited A Breath Of Hope kids to the Timberwolves game
Ricky Rubio didn’t like the high-five

#023: Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis
PF | 7' 3" | 240 lb
twitter: @kporzee | instagram: @kporzee | snapchat: @kporzee

Best Game
2016.12.11 at Los Angeles Lakers: 26 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 asteal, 7 blocks, 3-for-4 3's

Bazinga! we say when the gangly buzz-cut beauty converts one of his putback dunks. We enunciate the word in the direction of our 1-year-old, as if we’re teaching him basic language like “mama” or “arugula,” because we are. Bazinga! we sing, bongo-pounding the couch in joy, when Porzingis reaches up one of those Gumby-ass limbs of his and bats down a shot.”
 — Katie Baker, The Ringer

Kristaps Porzingis won the All-Star weekend Skills Challenge 
Kristaps Porzingis was not happy with the Knicks gong show
Kristaps Porzingis has outstanding reach for boxing

DeMarcus Amir Cousins
C | 6' 11" | 270 lb
twitter: @boogiecousins | instagram: @boogiecousins | snapchat: @boogiecousins

Best Game
2016.12.20 vs. Portland: 55 points, 13 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal. 3 blocks

“But Boogie is a deadly passer out of double-teams when he takes his time to scan the floor. He has great vision, and he’s smart at reading layers of defense — and anticipating when the cascading waves of cutters and defenders will leave behind an open King in their wake”
 — Zach Lowe, ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins found out that he was traded to New Orleans while in New Orleans
DeMarcus Cousins did not like dynasties
DeMarcus Cousins could have been an R&B legend

#021: Steven Adams

Steven Funaki Adams
C | 7' 0" | 255 lb
twitter: @RealStevenAdams | instagram: @stevenadams

Best Game
2017.01.25 at New Orleans: 20 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks

“Steven Adams chugs along. Bumps from opposing defenders barely register. The grabs and hand checks common among grappling big men are dispatched quickly. Adams absorbs these physical manipulations and keeps moving, turning a crowded lane into a path of little resistance.

This is an invisible superpower. Even the most brilliant, well-scripted offense can fall apart in the face of challenged logistics. The hang-up in running layered, coordinated action is that it demands synchronicity. Smart defenders know this — and just what they can get away with off the ball to disrupt it. A great defense gets stops by constantly jostling, contesting not just shots and passes but actual movement. By putting bodies in the way of where opponents aim to go, a defense controls the terms of engagement.”
 — Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated

Steven Adams laid down his case for who he thinks should be MVP
Steven Adams and the rim were not in good terms

Steven Adams was at an NBA Cares event