Four guards that benefit from Thursday's trades
POSTED: Feb 23, 2015 1:43 AM ET
Goran Dragic should excel alongside Dwyane Wade in Miami.
After a flurry of trades on Thursday, here are four guards likely to benefit from their new setting.
Dragic was the biggest name dealt on Thursday as Phoenix fulfilled his request for a trade and sent him to one of his reportedly preferred destinations, Miami. The reigning third-team All-NBA point guard should thrive in a standard starting role with the Heat and will get even more usage now with Chris Bosh (blood clots) sidelined for the season. Expect Dragic's assists to balloon back towards the 7.4 per game mark he posted during 2012-13, which is the last time he was in a primary point guard role. Dragic posted 12 points (4-for-11 FG, 1-for-4 3P), three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes during his first game with Miami.
Jackson's Detroit Debut
Reggie Jackson scores 17 points in his debut as a Piston in a home victory over the Wizards.
Now with Detroit, the fourth-year guard will finally have an opportunity to grow as he assumes the starting point guard role on a Pistons team with their eyes on the playoffs. Jackson has a chance to become a top-50 fantasy contributor for the final third of the season as he will see plenty of minutes and plenty of easy assist opportunities working with big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Don't be surprised if Jackson posts 16-plus points, six-plus assists and four-plus rebounds on a regular basis. If he's somehow still available on your waiver wire, pick him up. Jackson tallied 17 points (7-for-18 FG, 1-for-4 3P), five assists, five rebounds and three turnovers in 30 minutes during his debut with Detroit.
Another victim of the Suns' failed three-guard experiment, Thomas gets the chance to redeem his season in Boston. Thomas will receive heavy burn as the Celtics' starting point guard and his numbers should return to the 20.3 points, 6.3 assists and 1.3 steals he posted with Sacramento last season. Thomas posted 21 points (6-for-13 FG, 3-for-7 3P), three assists, five rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in 25 minutes during his Boston debut on Sunday. This is a great time to buy-low on Thomas if you need point guard depth for the playoffs.
After being shipped to Philadelphia from Houston for K.J. McDaniels, Canaan quickly becomes one of the most talented players on the 76ers. He will take over for Michael Carter-Williams (now in Milwaukee) as the starting point guard and receive plenty of opportunities to produce. Currently owned in just 28 percent of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, the second-year guard should be owned in all standard leagues as long as he starts in Philadelphia. Canaan tallied 14 points (5-for-12 FG, 4-for-9 3P), four rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 29 minutes during his first start on Sunday.
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