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Damyean Dotson, NYK: Dotson is giving Knicks fans a reason to smile during the stretch run of another lottery-bound season. The second-year guard has taken hold of the starting two-guard role following the buyout of Wesley Matthews, and he hasn't been shy with his aggressiveness when on the floor. Dotson is now averaging 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 25.9 minutes per contest for the season, and he's putting up 9.2 shot attempts per game, including 4.3 from three-point range.
Dotson's scoring and attempts are both on the rise recently, as Dotson has put up double-digit FGA in seven straight contests. Since the All-Star break (10 games), Dotson's averages jump up to 15.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.9 made threes (43.3% 3PT).
Frank Jackson, NOP: Jrue Holiday will likely miss at least a few more games with an abdominal strain, and Jackson has already started taking advantage of the veteran's absence. The rookie has scored in double digits in four straight, and he's played at least 33 minutes in each of the last three games as the starter.
The Duke product has hoisted at least 18 shots in all three of those contests, and he holds a usage rate north of 23 percent since Holiday went down. While he's a sub-par source of assists and defensive stats, Jackson could be of help to deeper-league owners in need of scoring down the stretch, though he's struggled to find his stroke