NBA Barometer: Rondo, Faried On the Way Up
NBA Barometer: Rondo, Faried On the Way Up

This article is part of our NBA Barometer series.

GUARDS

Gaining Value

Rajon Rondo, LAL: Rondo's return to health from a hand injury coincided almost perfectly with Lonzo Ball suffering what has been diagnosed as a Grade 3 left ankle sprain that will keep him out multiple weeks. That's vaulted Rondo into the starting point guard job for the foreseeable future, and any concerns about playing time restrictions were quickly eradicated when Rondo played 42 and 37 minutes over his first two games, respectively. Given his elite facilitating skills and ability to step up on offense and on the boards when necessary, Rondo is highly enticing in all formats in his current role. Moreover, the imminent Thursday return of LeBron James has the potential to give Rondo exponentially more opportunities for the assists he already often piles up at a prolific rate.

Shabazz Napier, BKN: Like Rondo on the opposite coast, Napier currently has an opportunity for extra minutes in the wake of a backcourt injury on his squad. Spencer Dinwiddie, who was averaging 28.6 minutes and 12.2 shot attempts per game, is gone for multiple weeks due to thumb surgery. Napier is already averaging 19.0 points, 14.5 shot attempts and 27.0 minutes over the first two games Dinwiddie has missed. The 2014 first-round pick was coming on prior to Dinwiddie's absence, as he'd generated double-digit scoring efforts in eight of the previous nine games.

Losing Value

Austin Rivers, HOU: Chris Paul made his long-awaited return from his hamstring injury on Sunday
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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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