Leandro Barbosa Heating Up

Jan 15, 2012


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Toronto Raptors guards Leandro Barbosa is a streaky player. When he gets hot he can fill it up. Right now he’s sizzling.
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He’s averaging 11.8 points per game on the year, but he’s upped the ante to 16.8 ppg over his past five games. Along with the scoring binge, he’s averaging 1.2 three-pointers, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.8 steals. Barbosa is shooting 46.6 percent from the floor during his hot streak, 37.5 percent from downtown, and 76.9 percent from the line.
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Barbosa qualifies at the point guard and shooting guard position, which gives you some added positional flexibility. He’s owned in 10.0 percent of Yahoo! and 2.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
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As long as he continues to stay healthy and see 25+ minutes per game, he should provide some decent scoring. In the nine games he played 20+ minutes he has averaged 15.1 ppg and 1.0 three-pointer per game. For his career he averages 1.5 three-pointers per game.
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The Raptors play three games on the road this coming week against the Hawks, the Celtics, and the Clippers, as well as one at home against the Trail Blazers. He’s scoring average is nearly identical at home (11.8) and on the road (11.9).
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Don’t expect a scoring spree like Kobe is in the midst of, but as long as he continues to play 20+ minutes he’ll give you a decent bump in points and three-pointers. As always, make sure you have somebody that you can drop (and not miss) before picking him up.
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