NBA Barometer: Markkanen Hits the Ground Running
NBA Barometer: Markkanen Hits the Ground Running

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Gaining Value

Eric Bledsoe, MIL: True to form, Bledsoe has had his ups and downs, but he's stepped it up a couple of notches recently. he's eclipsed 20 points in four of his last eight games after having only done so once all season prior to that stretch. Bledsoe's shot attempts haven't seen much of a boost during that span, but his accuracy certainly has – he's hit at least half of his shots in six of those eight games, raising his field goal percentage to a career-high number.

Reggie Jackson, DET: The veteran has hit or gone over the 20-point mark in three of the last six games, something accomplished only three times over the first 15 games of the season. he's also hit 15 threes over that span, and while Jackson's usage is bound to fluctuate while sharing the floor with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, he's still generating his best scoring average (16.0 points per game) since 2015-16.

J.J. Redick, PHI: With Markelle Fultz out indefinitely, Redick has returned to the starting lineup, and he already has a pair of 24-point efforts, as well as a 23-point outing, within his last five games. The 34-year-old is averaging 18.4 points on a career-high 14.0 shot attempts per contest – including 7.6 3PA/G, also a career-high – and regardless of what transpires with Fultz, it's tough to imagine the shooting-starved Sixers removing Redick from the starting five anytime soon.

Other notables: Malcolm Brogdon,

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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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