Rest-of-season fantasy basketball rankings for points leagues

Nikola Mirotic rose 24 spots in the rankings this week with his new team. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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This is another in which some of the biggest movers in the rankings came from trades and major injuries. The New Orleans Pelicans are represented again, this time with the trade that brought Nikola Mirotic to town in exchange for players who weren't in their active rotation.

When he was in Chicago, Mirotic had to battle with lottery rookie Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis to get minutes. This limited him, despite the power forward averaging 24.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 combined blocks and steals per 36 minutes. With the move to New Orleans, taking the minutes and as much of DeMarcus Cousins' role as he can handle, Mirotic jumped 24 spots in the rankings and is on the verge of moving into the top 50.

On the other side of the deal, Portis is the main Chicago Bulls player to gain value. He moves up 24 spots, as well, to 81st in the rankings. Initial returns would suggest that he could move even further, as he has averaged 12.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals during the three games since the trade. However, all three of these games have been without Markkanen, who was away for the birth of his child. His return likely limits Portis a bit.

The other major moves have been drops due to unfortunate injuries to star players. John Wall's injury was announced last Tuesday just before press time, so he dropped then, while Kevin Love injured his hand later that night. Both are expected to be out until mid-to-late March, news that has them near the bottom -- but not completely out -- of the rankings.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, so there's a good chance there will be more deals that cause big movements in these rankings again next week.

Point guard

Devin Booker gained point guard eligibility this week after moving over in the lineup. This doubles his assists potential and gives him added positional flexibility. The only reason he didn't make a move up the rankings is because he's out with a hip flexor, but this move certainly increases his upside.

Isaiah Thomas had enjoyed a higher spot in the rankings than his output deserved due to his explosive production last season, along with the expectation he'd start to resemble that player as he got healthy. However, he and the Cleveland Cavaliers are burning through their goodwill right now, so he drops 13 spots in this week's rankings and could continue to slide if he doesn't turn it around.

Ricky Rubio has been in a renaissance of late, averaging 19.3 points, 8.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals. He also has three double-doubles in his past six games. His uptick has coincided with an uptick in play for the Utah Jazz, as well, and earns him a 37-spot jump in this week's rankings.

Shooting guard

Zach LaVine had moved up slightly since his return from injury, but he was in holding pattern as he got his legs back under him. Now he's moving up again, after averaging 23.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks during his past three games.

Tyreke Evans slipped in the rankings because he's in a holding pattern with the Memphis Grizzlies, sitting until they either trade him or the trade deadline passes. He's overachieved all season, but the uncertainty about his destination and role moving forward cost him 15 spots in the rankings this week.

Nicolas Batum has averaged 17.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.0 steal during his past 10 games. He appears to be healthy and playing up to his level for the first time this season.

Small forward

Paul George has exploded of late, joining Russell Westbrook as a clear Big Two for the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Carmelo Anthony sliding into a support role. George had been fluttering in the low 40s in the rankings, but he jumps into the top 25 this week.

Otto Porter Jr. had a great start to the season, then cooled, but has stepped back up since Wall went down to the tune of 18.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals during those five games.

Josh Jackson has moved into the starting lineup on a seemingly permanent basis and is settling into a larger role with four straight games of 20 points or more, a period during which he has averaged 21.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.

Power forward

Markieff Morris, like Porter, has stepped up and solidified his role as a team lieutenant in the games since Wall went down to injury. During those five contests, Morris has averaged 16.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Danilo Gallinari is very impressive when healthy, and he's back and producing for the LA Clippers for the time being. This gets him back into the rankings, but he remains a perpetual injury risk.


Enes Kanter is working on five straight double-doubles, a period during which he has averaged 16.8 points, 15.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.8 blocks per game. This stretch moves him up 12 spots in this week's rankings.

Rudy Gobert is back from injury and seems to have his legs under him. He has averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks during his nine games back.

Jonas Valanciunas is an up-and-down player, but has been mostly up of late to the tune of 17.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 25.9 minutes per game during his past seven contests.