Can Duarte continue his recent fantasy production?

Ryan Knaus walks through Chris Duarte's rookie campaign so far and how he projects for the rest of the season.

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RYAN KNAUS: Pacers rookie Chris Duarte has stepped up for his shorthanded team recently, highlighted best by his efforts in an overtime win at Golden State in late January. The 24-year-old rookie vowed to bring win now production to any team that drafted him. And the Pacers have to be thrilled with his development in the first half of the season.

He has a steal in all but 10 games this year, including 1.8 per game in January, which helps offset his modest assist numbers. His 2.3 dimes per game are ninth among rookies. And on a per 36 minute basis, he's just 15th in his class.

Returning to the positive, Duarte looks very comfortable as a focal point of the offense for a team that is rapidly approaching a phase of all-out player development. Indiana is buried in the Eastern Conference standings, and they should be active at the trade deadline. Most attention gets paid to Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, rightfully so. But Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert are also realistic trade chips at this point. If either of them does get traded, Duarte's recent production could soon become the norm instead of the exception.