NBA Barometer: Markkanen, McGee on the Ascent
NBA Barometer: Markkanen, McGee on the Ascent

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GUARDS

Gaining Value

Justin Holiday, MEM: Holiday's Grizzlies tenure got off to a slow start, but the veteran wing has scored at least 11 points in five of his last six games, and he appears to be solidified in the starting lineup with Garrett Temple having been traded to the Clippers. Avery Bradley erupted for 33 points in Tuesday's game against the Spurs, but that looks to be an extreme anomaly, Holiday is out-producing his new teammate over the larger sample. Holiday is averaging 2.2 made threes (41.9% 3PT) over his last six games, though his low steals production since coming to Memphis remains a concern.

Kevin Huerter, ATL: Huerter is coming off of a clunker against the Lakers on Tuesday, but prior to that he had six double-digit scoring tallies in the last seven games, and in 14 of 17 contests, overall, since the calendar flipped to 2019. The rookie is getting plenty of run as the rebuilding Hawks look to develop a solid core of young players, as he's averaged just a shade under 29 minutes per game since returning from a two-game absence in January. Huerter forms a dynamic backcourt combination with fellow-rookie Trae Young, and Huerter's 39.6 percent success rate from three-point range already ranks him as one of the NBA's top marksmen.

Also gaining value: Jalen Brunson, DAL; Reggie Jackson, DET; Terrance Ferguson, OKC

Losing Value

Jerryd Bayless, MIN: Bayless was heading in the
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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for Rotowire.com, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.
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