Koufos posted 16 points (5-10 FG, 6-6 FT), 13 rebounds, a steal and a block over 30 minutes in Friday's 101-91 loss to the Timberwolves. Koufos received a second consecutive start in place of DeMarcus Cousins (back) and was dominant down low against the Timberwolves' suspect frontcourt defense. The 16 points equaled a season-best, while the 13 boards he hauled in (eight on the defensive glass) were a new high-water mark for the 2015-16 campaign. The eight-year veteran has been productive overall when given minutes so far this season, and provides outstanding depth in the frontcourt even when he's slotted as a reserve.
Koufos played a season-high 35 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Bucks, finishing with 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, two blocks, and a steal. With DeMarcus Cousins (back) unavailable, Koufos unsurprisingly saw more than 10 minutes more than his average for the season, as coach George Karl elected to utilize an eight-man rotation. Even before Cousins' absence, Koufos' arrow had been going up, as he had averaged 10.3 points (on 51.5 percent shooting), 6.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks over his previous four games.
Koufos will start at power forward Wednesday against the Bucks, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee reports. Normal starter DeMarcus Cousins will sit out Wednesday with a lower-back strain which allows for Koufos to start alongside rookie Willie Cauley-Stein in Sacramento's frontcourt.
Koufos put up 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 FT) to go with seven rebounds, three blocks, an assist, and a steal in 24 minutes in Monday's loss to the Hornets. This is the third time in the last four games that Koufos has scored double-digit points and the fourth game in a row that he's played over 20 minutes. Although he hasn't cracked the starting lineup consistently, Koufos has been playing better than fellow big man Willie Cauley-Stein as of late, and their minutes in Monday's game reflect this. With this productivity and increased minutes, Koufos appears to be a more valuable fantasy asset than Cauley-Stein at this time.
Koufos will replace DeMarcus Cousins in the starting lineup Thursday in Miami. Cousins was suspended for one game by the NBA earlier Thursday due to an elbow he threw at Al Horford in Wednesday's loss. Koufos averaged 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 26.7 minutes per game during the four game stretch Cousins missed to injury earlier this season. He will look to take advantage of his extra playing time Thursday.
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