NBA Barometer: Rondo to the Rescue
NBA Barometer: Rondo to the Rescue

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GUARDS

Gaining Value

Kris Dunn, CHI: It took him a bit to hit his stride after an extended absence, but Dunn now seems to be rolling. The 2016 first-round pick has now racked up five straight double-digit scoring efforts and continues to rebound and hand out assists at a high level since returning. Dunn is now up to an average of 12.0 shot attempts per game, and while he'll share the floor with high-usage assets Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen, Dunn has been demonstrating he can parlay that situation into plenty of assist opportunities.

Rajon Rondo, LAL: Rondo finally made his return from a hand injury three games ago, and he generated a solid eight-point, nine-assist, four-rebound effort across 22 minutes against the Pelicans. Then, he stepped up significantly after LeBron James exited the Christmas Day blowout win over the Warriors in the third quarter with a groin injury. Rondo logged just a minute less than starting point guard Lonzo Ball and thrived as the primary ball handler for much of the second half, generating a 15-point, 10-assist double-double and shooting an impressive 6-for-11 along the way. With James set to miss at least one game, and likely more, Rondo should continue enjoying an elevated level of usage whenever he's on the floor.

Kyrie Irving, BOS: As is sometimes the case throughout the season, an elite player raises his game to an even higher level than usual. Irving has taken the reins of the Celtics' offense

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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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