Going into the year, fantasy basketball owners knew the point guard position was going to be plentiful — and it hasn’t disappointed, with dozens of players producing at a high level. Amid the injuries to Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday, a new player has emerged, and put himself upper echelon of point guards. That player is none other than the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, who has used a scorching month of January to vault himself into the top 10 in my latest point guard rankings.
No other player in basketball has had his name thrown around in more trade scenarios than Lowry. It’s widely know that he has an expiring contract and will be a free agent at season’s end. Because of this, Raptors’ GM Masai Ujiri was openly shopping him to contenders in need of a point guard. The New York Knicks were the most talked about, and at one point seemed to have a deal in place for the 27-year-old point guard, with Raymond Felton rumored to be one of the players headed up north. The Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers were also teams whose names were circulating among the trade winds. Of course, Lowry was never traded and his hot play has led the Raptors into first place in the Atlantic Division.
Since the new year, well let’s call it December 27, Lowry is averaging 18.1 points, 8.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 2.9 three-pointers in 18 games. According to Basketball Monster.com, he is the 13th-ranked player in all of fantasy basketball and the 10th-ranked player during that time period. Those 18 games include a six double-doubles and a triple-double, which he accomplished this past Friday vs. Philadelphia. Teammate DeMar DeRozan is nursing a sprained foot, and Lowry will keep filling the stat sheet if he continues to miss more time. In last night’s game — the Raptors’ first without DeRozan — Lowry exploded for 31 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals.
The trade talks have subsided in recent weeks with the Raptors in the playoff hunt and no longer shopping their star point guard, but a new rumor surfaced yesterday claiming Ujiri may still be willing to part ways with Lowry. If he does get traded to a team where he’s not running the show, it’s possible he’ll lose some fantasy value, but until then, Lowry clocks in at No. 8 in this week’s fantasy basketball point guard rankings: