This article is part of our NBA Barometer series.
On the eve of the final night of the regular season, Juan Blanco takes a look at five rookies who could make a jump next season, as well as five veterans whose fantasy stock is on the decline.
Sophomores on the Rise
Landry Shamet, Clippers
Shamet has played well in extended minutes since coming to Los Angeles at the deadline, averaging 10.8 points (on 45.5 percent three-point shooting), 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds across 27.7 minutes over 24 games (22 starts). The 22-year-old wing improved his scoring and shooting percentage in each of his three college seasons at Wichita State, and his first full NBA offseason should only help his upward trajectory. As a rookie, three-point shooting is Shamet's primary fantasy asset, so improving as a distributor and defender will be the points of emphasis.
Perhaps the biggest threat to Shamet's development as a fantasy prospect are the Clippers ambitions to transform into a title contender next season. With names like Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving potentially on the radar, LA's roster could look significantly different next season than it does right now. An influx of talent wouldn't render Shamet useless, but there's a chance it could cap his fantasy ceiling in the short-term.
Kevin Huerter, Hawks
Huerter has been unsurprisingly outshined by fellow first-round pick Trae Young this season, but the sharpshooting two-guard has enjoyed a steady rookie year in his own right. Still a developing talent at 20 years old, Huerter is likely to see considerable