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Most efficient center on a winning team: Rudy Gobert, Utah. ...Gobert was good in per-minute efficiency despite limited playing time in Utah as a rookie in 2013-14. Monday, Gobert did what he does; he changed shots, and he blocked five shots. He didn't miss in six field goal attempts on his way to 13 points. He added nine rebounds in his 23 minutes.
Most efficient power forward on a winning team: Shane Edwards, Cleveland. ...Edwards came off the Cavs bench to score 14 points and grab eleven rebounds in 22 minutes. The Cavs beat the Sixers 86-77. Edwards went to the free throw line 13 times, and made 12.
Most efficient shooting guard on a winning team: Tim Hardaway Jr., Knicks. ...Hardaway Jr. continued to be among the best players in Vegas Monday. He scored 17 points, pulled in four rebounds, had three assists, and three steals in 25 minutes. The Knicks defeated the Charlotte Hornets 95-72.
Most efficient point guard on a winning team: Lorenzo Brown, Clippers. ...Brown scored 22 points (7-13 FG, 2-4 3-pt. FG, 6-6 FT), and dished four assists in 27 minutes. The Clippers beat Miami 91-85.
Seven more stars
Amath M'Baye - Clippers. ...The former Oklahoma player who we always thought had a high ceiling is starting to reach some of those heights. M'Baye scored 27 points (9-15 FG, 2-4 3-pt. FG, 7-8 FT), grabbed four boards and had two steals Monday.
Jeremy Tyler - Knicks. ...Tyler scored 18 points (8-12 FG, 3-3 FT), with eight rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes in the Knicks W.
Langston Galloway - Knicks. ...Galloway came off the New York bench and scored 17 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3-pt. FG, 2-2 FT) in 20 minutes. That is efficient!
Darius Morris - Spurs. ...Proof that players DO improve was evident in the play of Darius Morris. The 23 year-old point guard that has already played for and been passed on by four NBA teams (Lakers, Clippers, Sixers, Grizzlies), scored 19 points (7-12 FG, 1-1 3-pt. FG, 4-4 FT), grabbed four rebounds, and handed out four assists in 30 minutes. The Spurs beat the Pelicans 88-86.
Quincy Acy - Kings. ...Acy scored 14 points (4-7 FG, 6-7 FT), and had seven rebounds in Sacramento's 89-75 win over the D League Select team. Acy started at center (he is a power forward, in reality) and played 26 minutes.
Austin Daye - Spurs. ...Daye is now 26 years old, and I still feel like the basketball world is waiting for "more" from him. Monday Daye was excellent. He scored 18 points (5-12 FG, 2-5 3-PT. FG, 6-7 FT), grabbed eleven boards, and dished five assists in the Spurs win.
Devin Ebanks - D League Select. ...Ebanks was the best player on the D-League Select team Monday. He scored 22 points (8-15 FG, 1-3 3-pt. FG, 5-5 FT), and snared six boards in 24 minutes.
Notes: Several players had days worthy of mention who did not make our "top 12" above. Among them: Courtney Fells (brilliant for second day in a row), Scott Suggs, Ricky Ledo, and Eric Moreland.