NBA Barometer: Rubio, Thomas Among Point Guards on the Rise
NBA Barometer: Rubio, Thomas Among Point Guards on the Rise

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Ricky Rubio, UTA: Prior to a Tuesday night clunker against the Pistons, Rubio had rattled off seven consecutive double-digit scoring efforts, topping out with a spectacular 30-point, 10-rebound, seven-assist performance against the Pelicans on Sunday. His transformation from a pass-first point guard to a more aggressive offensive asset has been notable this season, although he's certainly still capable of serving as a skilled facilitator when called upon. Rubio is currently averaging career highs in points (12.3), shooting percentage (40.3), shot attempts (10.7) and three-point attempts (3.4) on the season. While the boost in scoring has brought an overall drop in assists, he's still averaging 7.0 dimes over the last seven games, and his solid complementary production in rebounds and steals makes him an increasingly well-rounded component of fantasy rosters.

Isaiah Thomas, LAL: Thomas increasingly looks like he has the hang of this fast-paced Lakers system now, as he's scored 19 to 29 points in six of the last eight games while putting up a robust 16.4 shot attempts across 30.3 minutes over that span. That degree of playing time is highly encouraging as well, and he's notably logged at least 30 minutes in each of his last three games. Given the sheer volume of possessions Los Angeles typically churns out, and his increasing comfort level, Thomas' arrow is undoubtedly pointing up at present.

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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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