NBA Player Power Rankings: Is the Race for MVP Over?

Feb 24, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) looks on against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) looks on against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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March 1, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) dribbles the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Hawks 109-105 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
March 1, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) dribbles the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Hawks 109-105 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

18. Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks

Last Rank: No. 18

Position: Power Forward

Age: 31

Slash Line: .471/.314/.766

Season Averages: 32.6 MPG, 17.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.5 ORPG, 3.3 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 0.9 3PM

Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks have regressed, and there’s no way around that. After winning 60 games in 2014-15, Atlanta is 33-28 in 2015-16—a number that fails to illustrate the strides Atlanta is making towards becoming a true contender.

With the need for a player to emerge as a star-caliber isolation threat, Millsap has taken that onus upon himself and passed the test with flying colors.

Millsap has struggled a bit in recent games, but he’s been one of the most complete players in the NBA. Whether he’s scoring, crashing the boards, facilitating, or defending multiple positions, Millsap is as well-rounded a contributor as any on this list.

It’s hard to find two-way players in the modern NBA, but Millsap is one of the select few who provides a strong impact on both ends.

Millsap is No. 11 in the NBA in Win Shares and No. 17 in Win Shares per 48 minutes. He’s No. 4 in the Association in Defensive Win Shares, and is No. 5 in Defensive Rating—numbers that most wouldn’t expect given his reputation.

Having committed himself to playing at a higher and more aggressive level on both ends, Millsap is safe in the Top 20.

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