Looney was excellent in both halves of the Warriors' back-to-back set, racking up 16 points, 24 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two steals between those contests. While such production would normally send Looney's fantasy stock on the rise, he may struggle to regularly clear 20 minutes moving forward with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) on track to enter the starting five at center in his season debut Friday against the Clippers.
Looney produced nine points (3-6 FG, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, and one block in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 142-111 win over the Nuggets.
Looney collected a career high rebounding total while falling one point shy of a double-double. The 22-year-old big man will hold down the starting gig for Wednesday's matchup with the Pelicans, but with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) scheduled to make his season debut on Friday versus the Clippers, Looney's production seems bound to take a hit going forward.
Looney was impressive in terms of his production on a per-minute basis, checking off every box for the second consecutive game in his usual complementary role. The fourth-year pro is now averaging 8.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steal over four January games, as he presumably winds down his starting tenure in the wake of the impending return of DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles).
Looney put together one of his typically solid complementary performances, making the most of his limited offensive opportunities while providing solid work on the boards. The 22-year-old has opened 2019 with three straight seven-rebound efforts, but with DeMarcus Cousins' (Achilles) reportedly on the horizon later in January, Looney's days as a starter appear to be quickly coming to an end. However, given his strong play thus far this season, the four-year veteran is expected to retain a consistent role in the frontcourt rotation even when he heads back to the bench.
It was a strong complementary performance from Looney, who didn't really see an uptick in minutes despite the fact the game went into overtime. The fourth-year big continues to do a solid job overall down low, as he's posted four double-digit scoring efforts in the last six games while also bringing down between five and 10 rebounds in five of those contests. Coach Steve Kerr appears content with the current arrangement of Looney handling starts on a nightly basis at the five while DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) goes through the final stages of his recovery, keeping the former's fantasy value solid in deeper formats for the time being.
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