As always, Whiteside leads the Alumni Report since he has become the biggest breakout that the D-League has ever seen. Watching his dominance on the court makes you wonder how he hadn't been given a legitimate chance before the Heat took a flier on him. Whiteside currently leads the NBA in rebounds (15.1 per game) and is second in blocks (2.6 per game).
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Gobert has morphed into a dominant rim-protector, as opponents certainly tread lightly when the "French Rejection" is lurking in the paint. It just so happens that he's also averaging career-highs in points (11.1) and rebounds (11.1) as well.
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Schroder is certainly enjoying his first season as a full-time starter after the Hawks traded Jeff Teague in the offseason. The German point guard is averaging 15.5 points per game and is making the Hawks' investment in him pay off.
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The days of Dwight Howard patrolling the paint seem like decades ago as Capela has helped along the transition to a new era perfectly. Capela has been feasting off dunks and putbacks, while also blocking shots at a high rate (nearly two per game). Capela's five double-doubles equal half of his season total from a year ago.
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For those who were wondering if Frazier's production would slow down once fellow point guard Jrue Holiday returned from his absence, the former NBA D-League MVP has provided a resounding "no." In fact, since Holiday's return, Frazier is averaging 7.6 assists per game - slightly above what he was averaging when Holiday was out.
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Not enough can be said about Kilpatrick, who turned a 10-day contract into a multi-year deal. The Nets' faith in him has paid off, as he is averaging 15.2 points per game off the bench, 4th-most in the NBA among players who have been a reserve in at least 10 games.
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Johnson, who is enjoying a solid season, is also surging of late. The 24-year-old has scored in double-figures in his last four games, thus raising his points average on the season to 12.7.
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Some scoffed when the Grizzlies announced that Green would be taking over starter duties from longtime veteran Zach Randolph, but he hasn't disappointed. Aside from solid shooting percentages - .489/.353/.805 - Green has rebounded well and held his own on defense.
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Opportunity has certainly come knocking for Harrison, who suddenly finds himself in a starter's role following the back injury to Mike Conley. Following Conley's max contract extension, it didn't look like Harrison would receive big minutes, but with Conley expected to miss an extended period of time, Harrison now has a huge shot to impress. In his first start following Conley's injury, Harrison put up 21 points (including four 3-pointers) and three steals.
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Simmons has provided a spark off the Spurs' bench for the second straight season. The player who once made the franchise's NBA D-League affiliate through an open tryout is now playing 19.1 minutes per game, averaging 5.7 points. His 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting boosted San Antonio in a win over the Wizards.