Ironically, the 12 shots taken were his lowest total of the season, despite finishing with his second-highest scoring total of the year. The elite efficiency has to be encouraging too, as Irving was shooting under 40 percent from the field through the first few weeks of November prior to this blow-up. He's also hitting just 34 percent of his three's, as Irving is one of few elite players who could see his numbers rise once his jumper starts falling. The fact that he's leading this team with 18.4 shots and a usage rate of 29.1 furthers that point, as he'll continue to play a huge role in the absence of Gordon Hayward (ankle).
Brown is scorching hot right now, as he is averaging over 20 points across his last four games. What's going to keep him an elite fantasy option going forward are his minutes, as he is averaging over 32 minutes per game. If there's one aspect that he could see an improvement in, it's his assists. Brown is averaging just 1.3 assists per game for the year, but his 21.3 usage rate and minutes should allow him to get above two the more he develops. The sky is the limit for this 21-year-old, as he's turning into one of the waiver wire pickups of the year.
Collins continues to be one of the best rookies in the league, as this is his 10th game with at least 12 points. What might be more impressive is the fact that he's doing this damage in limited minutes, as he's playing just 20.1 minutes per game. That's a number that will surely rise as the season progresses, especially considering the Hawks are looking more like a rebuild rather than a contender.The per-48 minutes speak for themselves too, as he is averaging 24.2 points, 16.6 rebounds and 2,3 blocks per-48 minutes played.
Schroder has been in a minor slump over the last two weeks, as this breakout is a fantastic sign against an elite Boston defense. Many fantasy owners were worried about their field goal percentage when they drafted Schroder, but the fact that he's shooting at a 45 percent clip has to make owners ecstatic. If he can continue to provide his 19.9 points, 6.8 assists and 1,2 steals per game averages with that sort of percentage, Schroder will surely reach top-40 value.
This marks Capela's 11th double-double of the season, as he continues to provide fantasy owners with what they wanted when they drafted him. What's quietly been a nice surprise is his free-throw shooting, as Capela is setting a career-high with a 64 percent free-throw percentage. He's also providing nearly two blocks a game, as his value should only rise with Chris Paul back in the lineup.
The fact that the 29 points tied for his second-lowest mark of the month shows just how dominant Harden is right now, as he's averaging 37.6 points per game in November. What's most encouraging about his last two games is the fact that he's doing this sort of damage with Chris Paul in the lineup, as it's clear Paul wont hurt Harden's value. To further solidify his dominance, Harden has hit 47-straight free-throws across his last four games.
Parsons has now played 25 minutes in back-to-back games, which are his two highest totals of the season. He appears to have found his shot too, combining to go 12-of-16 from the field in those two games. The direct correlation with this increase in minutes is the absence of Mike Conley, whose expected to miss at least two weeks due to an Achilles' injury. As long as Conley is out, Parsons should continue to start and see over 20 minutes per game.
Off to a career-high pace of 23.4 points per game entering Saturday, Walker further padded his scoring numbers by sinking a season-high six three-pointers against the Clippers. In addition, the Charlotte guard surpassed the 20 point mark for the fifth consecutive game. This level of consistent scoring has led Walker to become the focal point of the Hornets' offense at this early stage of the season. Also, the return of Nicolas Batum has not affected Walker as the guard has scored 20, 47, and 26 points in the three games since Batum's return.
Beverley sat out his fifth consecutive game Saturday due to a sore right knee.
Following up his stellar performance against the Lakers on Wednesday, Embiid turned in a solid performance, collecting at least 20 points for the ninth time this season. The center's Saturday stat line pales in comparison to his one of a kind stat line of 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks. However, Embiid is a consistent scorer (22.8 points) and rebounder (10.29 rebounds) who is on the verge of breaking out on any given night.