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Lance Thomas, F New York Knicks (8%)
Lance Thomas has shot at least 50% from the field in five straight games with averages of 15.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers. He’s seen at least 19.5 minutes in every December contest, and Derek Fisher is trusting him to play a key role in the rotation.
Bobby Portis, PF Chicago Bulls (22%)
Bobby Portis was worth a speculative pickup before Fred Hoiberg said he was going to enter the rotation, and that was prior to Joakim Noah going down for at least two weeks with a sprained shoulder. The Bulls need his energy, Portis isn’t bashful and he has the capability to contribute across the board. In two games since receiving minutes, Portis is averaging 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 triples.
Kyle O’Quinn, F/C New York Knicks (4%)
Kyle O’Quinn has been a candidate to join my Anthony Randolph All-Frustration team, but he’s back on the radar despite battling through an ankle injury. Prior to sitting out Monday’s contest vs. Orlando, O’Quinn had averages of 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists over his previous four games. It’s also worth noting that Robin Lopez—who has played 20 or fewer minutes in three of his last four games—is trending in the wrong direction.
Dennis Schroder, PG Atlanta Hawks (23%)
I’m not waiting on Dennis Schroder. Over his last five contests, the should-be-starter in Atlanta is averaging 14.6 points, 5.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.8 3-pointers. During that same stretch, Jeff Teague checks in with 11.6 points, 4.6 assists and 1.0 steals. It’s going to take a Teague injury or trade for Mike Budenholzer to unleash the Schroder, but the time to buy is before everyone hits the rack simultaneously.
Ian Mahinmi, C Indiana Pacers (24%)
It’s hard to understand why Ian Mahinmi isn’t on more rosters. Yes, Myles Turner (thumb) is on his way back. Yes, Jordan Hill is splitting minutes with Mahinmi. But just because he doesn’t guarantee future value doesn’t mean he offers nothing in the present. He’s been a solid though clearly unspectacular low-end center all season long, and he’s been serviceable over his last four with averages of 7.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 0.5 blocks. Roy Hibbert, who is rostered in nearly 70% of leagues, has averages of 7.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks during that same stretch.