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ANALYSIS: The Blazers welcomed Damian Lillard back this week, and that can only mean good news for the team. Portland is also bringing Jusuf Nurkic back soon to make a final run at a postseason berth. None of those news should affect Trevor Ariza that much, given his position, role, playing time, and production. Sure, his usage on offense and chances at racking up points (fantasy and actual ones) will take a hit, but that's all it has to it and he's contributing all across the board so the impact will be minimal in my opinion.
Although Ariza has played barely more than half the games he did so as a King with Portland, his game has seen another level starting for the Blazers. In 19 games in Portland compared to 32 in Sacramento, Ariza's already scored more points than he did during that first part of his season. His minutes have gone all the way up and he's averaging more than 36 mpg since the break. He's played eight games after the AS festivities finished and his line reads 12-5-3-2 in that span on an already low 12.9% usage rate.
Ariza doesn't need too much ball to impact games. Although he's not used often to finish possessions and that won't change for the remainder of the season, he's able to hit shots close to 50 percent of the times and his three-pointers drop rather frequently--he's averaged 2 3pm in his last six games and scored at least one in 10 of his last 11 matches. He keeps flying under the radar while been an all-cat contributor more than rosterable in any standard 12-team league.
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