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Paul Millsap is a jack of all trades in FanDuel NBA play

Dec 17, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) attempts a three-point basket against Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Hornets won 107-99. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off his first 30-point performance of the season, Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap is a nice addition for any FanDuel NBA roster with his wide array of contributions.

Few players are able to provide an impact in every statistical category in FanDuel NBA play.

Those that do, come at a lofty price, unless it’s Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap.

Millsap is joined by a select group of players, including Anthony Davis ($11,800), DeMarcus Cousins ($11,200), Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,200) and Kevin Durant ($9,900) as the only ones averaging at least 15 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game this season.

The average cost for elite players capable to producing across the board is more than $10,700, accounting for more than 17.8 percent of the total salary cap for a FanDuel NBA lineup.

Only the cost of adding Millsap to a FanDuel NBA roster comes with a significantly reduced price tag, as the three-time All-Star costs $8,100, just 13.5 percent of the salary cap.

During a seven-game span since he returned to the court after sitting out three straight games with a hip injury, Millsap has been even more productive, posting 21.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.3 blocks.

With Dwight Howard sidelined with a back injury Monday night against Oklahoma City, Millsap shifted to center and submitted his highest scoring total of the year, with 30 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block in just less than 40 minutes.

Millsap connected on 12-of-18 shots from the field and even sank the game-winner with just more than12 seconds remaining to clinch a 110-108 victory over the Thunder.

Howard is listed as questionable for Wednesday night, meaning the Hawks could either continue to play a small lineup with Millsap at center, or start Mike Muscala in the middle.

According to Basketball-Reference, Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer has played Millsap at center 8 percent of the time he has spent on the court this season, but no matter where he lines up, he has been swayed the game for the Hawks.

The Hawks are outscoring opponents by 4.5 points per 100 possessions with Millsap on the court, as he has been an impact player in an array of categories.

If Millsap manages to reject a shot Tuesday night against Minnesota, he will join Cousins, Durant, Andre Roberson and Draymond Green as the only players to connect 25 times from 3-point range, block 25 shots and record 25 steals this season.

The numbers from Millsap may not be as consistently high as other players, as he has totaled eight double-doubles in 25 games, but he is still a viable FanDuel NBA roster option because he manages to do a bit of everything.

In each of the past eight games, Millsap has totaled at least 28 points in FanDuel NBA tournament play. Millsap may not reach the same ceiling as other priced in his range, but he provides steady contributions on a nightly basis for Atlanta.

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