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Trending UpJ.J. Barea, DAL: Every team in the NBA would be better off with a player like Barea on their roster, as he's able to seamlessly adapt to a first-unit or bench role. He stepped in for Dennis Smith, Jr. against the Celtics last week and rattled off 20 points, eight assists and three rebounds. Prior to that contest, he'd generated six consecutive double-digit scoring efforts and dished out at least five assists in four of those games, despite playing under 30 minutes in all of them.
Emmanuel Mudiay, NYK: Mudiay remains a work in progress, but he could finally be coming into his own in his fourth campaign. The 22-year-old recently was reinserted into the starting five and has responded with five double-digit scoring efforts in the last seven. The most notable and pivotal improvement has come on the shooting front, as Mudiay is draining a career-best 47.4 percent of his attempts. Mudiay does face competition for minutes from Trey Burke, however, and thus far the Knicks' rotation has been among the most difficult to project on a night-to-night basis.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SAC: Bogdanovic's season got off to a late start after preseason knee surgery, but he's been making up for lost time. The second-year guard has generated seven straight double-digit scoring tallies and is already averaging 11.8 shot attempts per contest, despite the fact he's been coming off the bench. Bogdanovic could eventually make his way into the starting five, but