Gary Trent Jr. totaled 13 points (5-13 FG, 3-7 3PT), five rebounds, and two assists in the Raptors’ 112-105 win over the Suns.
Trent scored 13.0 points in the Raptors’ win over the Suns, making this his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring performance. He has been underperforming this season, seeing decreased production across all performance categories compared to last season’s averages, with the most dramatic being in his scoring, seeing his average drop from 17.4 points per game to 11.4. The silver lining, well sort of, is that Trent’s production from month to month can experience sustained dramatic swings; for example, his last season’s production from February to March, where he averaged 17.3 points then 13.4 points respectively. Although this is not the kind of swing we desire, it could provide us with more opportunities to strategically leverage his upside by acknowledging that his production level, even if in a slump, could be impactfully different from month to month, which could reset, and possibly increase, his fantasy appeal should it be for the better. Trent’s positive production late this month could be a sign of positive things to come, but we will have to see. His value is somewhat streaky and match-up dependent, which could mean that even though he may demonstrate positive value production, he may only be best deployed as a pragmatic streaming option. Trent’s scoring upside and worthwhile production in steals could warrant fantasy consideration in season-long leagues. Now could be an excellent time to take a chance on him as a flier in daily formats due to his positive production trend. Trent has a usage rate of 18.6 percent, a plus-minus of 1.7, and is averaging 26.0 minutes, 11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game while shooting 40.1 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc.