After a slow start to the season for both he and his team, Seth Curry has been one of the main reasons for the Mavericks’ recent improvement. Curry is averaging 12.8 points on 54.2 percent shooting and 53.5 percent from downtown this month.
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Similar to Curry, Robert Covington’s 76ers have enjoyed a stellar January after sitting near the bottom of the standings early on. Covington has reached double figures in 10 of his last 12 games, and the former Rio Grande Valley forward was responsible for a pair of game-winning shots.
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Once a second-round pick and member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Montrezl Harrell has been a steady presence for the Rockets this season. He filled in nicely for fellow D-League alum Clint Capela – who was out for 15 games – and is averaging nearly 10 points per game.
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Tyler Johnson has missed the past few games due to injury, but before the minor setback he was having an outstanding month. The former Sioux Falls guard scored in double figures in every game and tallied 23 points off the bench in a pair of Heat victories.
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Miami has won five consecutive games, all with Willie Reed playing significant minutes off the bench. Reed also had a pair of monster games early in January: 22 points and 18 rebounds at Phoenix, and 22 points and 12 boards against the Lakers.
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Still just 24 years old, Jordan Clarkson continues to prove he’s one of the top up-and-coming guards in the NBA. In his last seven games, Clarkson is averaging 16.3 points and shooting just under 50 percent from the field for the Lakers.
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The Blazers may be underperforming, but Allen Crabbe has produced a number of big performances after signing a new contract in the offseason.
Crabbed averaged 17.5 points in the first six games of January, including a 24-point outing as Portland defeated the champion Cavaliers.