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NBA Barometer: Rubio, Thomas Among Point Guards on the Rise

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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Ricky Rubio, UTA: Prior to a Tuesday night clunker against the Pistons, Rubio had rattled off seven consecutive double-digit scoring efforts, topping out with a spectacular 30-point, 10-rebound, seven-assist performance against the Pelicans on Sunday. His transformation from a pass-first point guard to a more aggressive offensive asset has been notable this season, although hes certainly still capable of serving as a skilled facilitator when called upon. Rubio is currently averaging career highs in points (12.3), shooting percentage (40.3), shot attempts (10.7) and three-point attempts (3.4) on the season. While the boost in scoring has brought an overall drop in assists, hes still averaging 7.0 dimes over the last seven games, and his solid complementary production in rebounds and steals makes him an increasingly well-rounded component of fantasy rosters.
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