For the fourth consecutive game, Gilgeous-Alexander saw his playing time fall, with his 13 minutes representing a new season low. Per Jovan Buha of The Athletic, coach Doc Rivers admitted after Monday's contest that the rookie is "just not playing well," though Rivers didn't explicitly state that a lineup change is on the horizon. Regardless, with the rookie struggling to averages of 6.0 points, 3.6 assists, 1.9 boards and 1.4 steals in 19.0 minutes per game in January, it's fair for those who have been holding him in shallower formats to kick the tires on some of the other options available on the waiver wire.
The rookie point guard has shown the ability to rack up defensive stats in his previous outings, but never to this extent. The four rejections were a new career high, while the three steals matched his best output in the category. Unfortunately, it's tough to bank on Gilgeous-Alexander delivering high-end defensive stats -- or meaningful scoring totals -- with any regularity while coach Doc Rivers continues to restrict his playing time. The first-round pick has played no more than 23 minutes in any of the Clippers' last six games.
One game after pouring in a career-high 24 points, the rookie's playing time was disappointingly cut in half. Three early fouls certainly had something to do with that, leading to another downswing in Gilgeous-Alexander's rookie season. The 20-year-old has now evenly alternated double-digit scoring efforts with single-digit tallies over the last nine games, making him difficult to trust on a game-to-game basis, especially given that a bulk of his fantasy production tends to come from points.
The rookie broke out for a career-best scoring total with some razor-sharp shooting, with the only blemish on his night the fact his 27-foot jumper with 3.2 seconds remaining couldn't find the net. Gilgeous-Alexander's offensive production has been highly spotty in December, following a hot finish to November when he'd scored in double digits in five of six games. The 20-year-old's rebounds and assists have also seen a slight downturn during the current month compared to November, but his starting point guard job remains secure, affording him the platform to continue improving.
Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 13 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 28 minutes during Thursday's 125-87 loss to the Spurs.
The Clippers were hammered by the Spurs on Thursday, making it difficult to get a read on the fantasy performances of a number of players. Gilgeous-Alexander scored in double-figures on 6-of-8 shooting but offered little else. He continues to alternate good and bad games making it tough to roster him in all formats. He is a fringe standard league player but the upside is there to make him worth holding onto.
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