A Fantasy Basketball darling from several seasons ago, Justise Winslow is back on the scene with the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Los Angeles Clippers freed Winslow from their insane amount of frontcourt depth last week at the NBA trade deadline.
Since moving to the Blazers, Winslow is looking like his old self. He’s getting aggressive on the boards and defense. Plus, he is being given more offensive freedom than he has in years prior.
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball: Justise Winslow
He’s only played six games for his new squad, yet it’s already clear that Winslow will be a strong contributor for Fantasy managers going forward.
Winslow is averaging 31 minutes per game and looks like he'll be getting every chance he can ask for on a team essentially hosting tryouts for next season.
Justise Winslow has started five of his six games for the Blazers. In those six games, he’s averaging 12 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.8 blocks on 46% shooting from the field.
His efficiency is weighed down by shooting 28.6% from three-point range on 3.5 attempts per game. We’ll see whether or not he continues to shoot three-pointers at this rate. His best season in that department came in 2018-19 when he shot 37.5% on 3.9 attempts per game.
The most reliable statistics for Winslow going forward should be his rebounds, steals, and blocks. Standing at 6’6” with a 6’10” wingspan, Winslow has the physical tools and keen eye that it takes to be an effective defender.
Is there cause for concern?
Winslow is only 25 years old, so it appears as though the Blazers are seeing what they have in Winslow. He's on the books for $4 million this year and next, so they could just be showcasing him to decide whether they'll extend him next season.
If we can assume that Winslow’s stats won’t drop off much over the rest of the season, it’s time to add and keep him on our teams the rest of the way.
The Trail Blazers have a strong Fantasy playoff schedule, so make sure to add him before it’s too late.
Still, though, Winslow hasn't been able to put together consistently strong play in years. Only time will tell if he can continue to string together these strong performances.
Don't get too attached, because there's always the possibility that his stats will just fall off entirely.