NBA Barometer: Who's Trending Up in Week 18?
NBA Barometer: Who's Trending Up in Week 18?

This article is part of our NBA Barometer series.

Point Guards

Trending Up

Rajon Rondo, NOP: Rondo went through a rough mid-January-to-early February stretch that saw him post single digits across the stat sheet in 10 straight games before being demoted to a second-unit role. However, there appears to be a turnaround in the works, as Rondo is averaging 13.0 points (on 56.3 percent shooting, 8.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds in his last five games. He also dished out 13 assists in the game prior to that stretch, and with his resurgence essentially coinciding with the onset of DeMarcus Cousins' absence, it's likely indicative of the type of production he'll be capable of providing down the stretch.

Isaiah Thomas, LAL: Of all the pieces moved during the Cavaliers' massive deadline makeover, Thomas may ultimately benefit the most, at least from a fantasy perspective. Thomas makes the leap from a club ranked middle-of-the-pack in pace to the one currently generating the most possessions (105.1 per game) in the league. He should also enjoy a nice uptick in usage now that he no longer shares the floor with LeBron James. If Thomas' Lakers debut means anything, the move paid immediate fantasy dividends, as Thomas finished with 22 points, six assists, one rebound and one steal in 31 minutes. Even with Lonzo Ball's impending return from a knee injury, it's expected that coach Luke Walton will find a way to hand Thomas a consistent allotment of minutes.

Andrew Harrison, MEM: Harrison tried playing through an illness

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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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