NBA Barometer: Pelicans Stepping Up in Stretch Run
NBA Barometer: Pelicans Stepping Up in Stretch Run

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GUARDS

 

GAINING VALUE  

Brandon Knight, CLE: After a delayed start to his season, the talented Knight is finally getting an extended look at the starting shooting guard position and paying dividends. The 2011 first-round pick has now scored in double digits in five of his last six games, shooting an impressive 49.2 percent from the floor over that span. Knight is making serviceable contributions in rebounds and assists as well, and with coach Larry Drew clearly intent on keeping Jordan Clarkson as one of the offensive linchpins of his second unit, Knight should continue logging a minimum of the mid-20s minutes he's been seeing during the aforementioned stretch.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC: Unsurprisingly, given his rookie status, Gilgeous-Alexander's production has seen its share of ups and downs during his first pro season. However, the first-round pick appears to be hitting his stride at an opportune time of year. Gilgeous-Alexander has scored in double digits in eight of his last nine games, his best scoring stretch of the campaign. The rookie's involvement and efficiency has seen a boost, as he's taken double-digit shot attempts on four occasions and boasts a 54.6 percent success rate from the floor over that span (compared to his 46.8 percent seasonal figure). 

Elfrid Payton, NOP: Payton was just highlighted in this category a handful of weeks ago, but the numbers he's churning out merits him another mention. Payton has now put together five consecutive triple-doubles, which places him in the ultra-elite

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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 over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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