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NBA Barometer: The New Zeke

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown is the VP of Advertising Sales and Basketball Editor for He's a two-time FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year. He also covers the Pistons and Tigers for the site.

The New Zeke

Despite being stuck in a backup role through the first 18 games of the season, Isaiah Thomas was able to establish himself as a major fantasy contributor. Through those 18 contests, he averaged 17.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 treys and 1.4 steals in less than 28 minutes per game. And now things are about to get even better for owners of the diminutive point guard.

The Kings acquired Rudy Gay from Toronto in exchange for starting point guard Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The departure of Vasquez opened the door for Thomas to take over the reins at point guard for Sacramento.

Small sample sizes apply, of course, but Thomas hasn't disappointed in his first two tilts as the starter, as he's posted averages of 22.0 points, 9.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 treys and 1.0 steal in over 37 mpg. Other than a significant boost in assists, those numbers are fairly close to Thomas' per-36 productio

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