It's time to have the Luguentz Dort discussion. Again. The Oklahoma City Thunder's dynamic two-way wing scored 29 points in a loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Dort delivered 21 points in the first quarter while hitting all seven of his shots from the floor, becoming just the fourth player in franchise history with at least 20 points without a missed field goal in a given quarter.
Dort has been featured in this column already this season and has taken his offensive game to a new level in recent outings. The Arizona State product is averaging 32.3 PPG during his past three games, but he's also been amazing on defense with three combined blocks and steals per game during this sample.
With the Thunder relying on young talents such as Dort -- who is rostered in right around 40% of ESPN leagues -- to lead the offense for these final weeks of the season, he could be a league-winning waiver addition. With the playoffs beginning soon in head-to-head leagues, now is the time to acquire the emergent wing.
Capela delivered his 10th career 20-20 game yesterday afternoon, good for the fourth most in the NBA since the start of the 2015-16 season, behind only Andre Drummond, Karl-Anthony Towns and Hassan Whiteside. If Nate McMillan is retained as head coach going forward -- which seems quite possible, given his success with the roster thus far -- Capela should be viewed as an elite source of rebounds and blocks in 2021 fantasy drafts.
Likely lost in the shuffle of LaMelo Ball's brilliant rookie campaign in Charlotte has been Rozier's breakout as an efficient high-volume scorer. On Sunday, Rozier became the first player in Hornets history with 25 points and 10 assists in consecutive games.
In an epic battle with Curry on Saturday night, Tatum joined Larry Bird as the only Celtics with multiple 40-point, 10-rebound games at age 23 or younger. Given Tatum's other such performance came last week against the Timberwolves, he's looking like one of the top options for the fantasy playoffs.
Speaking of league-winning talents, Curry is averaging 39.1 PPG over his past 10 games, the most by any player over a 10-game span in their 12th season or later or at age 33 or older. Curry netted his 10th straight 30-point game in the close loss to Tatum's Celtics on Saturday, joining Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in Warriors history with a 10-game streak. Curry has made 44 3s in his past five games, the most over a five-game span by any player in NBA history.
With Toronto's star backcourt tandem of Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet missing a good bit of action lately, Gary Trent Jr. has averaged 24.3 PPG during his past four games, including 23 points on a game-high 25 shots last night against Dort's Thunder. Trent is still a free agent in more than half of ESPN leagues. For those in deeper leagues, rookie Malachi Flynn has been very productive whenever Lowry or VanVleet sits.
Houston's Jae'Sean Tate produced another strong line on Sunday and merits more attention from fantasy managers. As does Kelly Olynyk, with the stretch big scoring at least 23 points in three straight games.
Injuries of note
Brooklyn's Kevin Durant left Sunday's loss to Miami just minutes into the game due to a thigh contusion. We will learn more about Durant's injury in the coming days.
Golden State's Curry is listed as questionable to play tonight against the Sixers after suffering an ankle injury late in to the final quarter of the Warriors' loss to the Celtics on Saturday.
We could see George Hill make his debut with Philadelphia tonight, as he's been upgraded to questionable after missing more than two months with a thumb injury.
Jaylen Brown missed Saturday's win over the Warriors due to an illness and is listed as questionable to play this evening. Buzz from the beat suggests we could see Brown in action on Monday.
Analytics advantage for Monday
Jonas Valanciunas won't play for Memphis this evening due to a concussion. The team lists both Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke as questionable. Looking deeper into the team's lineup data this season, we find that guard Grayson Allen surprisingly sees the largest leap in usage and DraftKings points per 36 minutes with Valanciunas off the floor.
Allen scored 26 points and sank a career-high seven 3-pointers on Saturday, aiding his case as a strong streaming option for tonight's matchup with the Nuggets. If Clarke can play tonight, note that he has averaged 17 points and 7.8 rebounds per 36 minutes with Valanciunas off the floor this season.
Top players to watch on Monday
The marquee matchup for tonight's slate is the Suns visiting the Bucks in Milwaukee. I'm intrigued to see how Phoenix defends Giannis Antetokounmpo, with an expectation that Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder will be the key options against the reigning two-time MVP.