Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
32-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Wizards
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After playing just 31 games due to injuries in his first season in Washington, Mahinmi took the court for 77 contests in 2017-18. However, that didn't net him any more playing time, as the 6-foot-11 center was still stuck behind Marcin Gortat on the depth chart. In 14.9 minutes as a reserve, Mahinmi finished with averages of 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds, while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor. After another modest season overall, the 31-year-old appeared set for a much larger role during the upcoming campaign following the trade that sent Gortat to the Clippers, but those hopes were crushed fairly quickly with the addition of Dwight Howard in free agency. As a result, Mahinmi is set for backup duties again and likely isn't going to see many more minutes than the 14.9 he averaged last year, which should keep him off the radar in the bulk of Fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Wizards in July of 2016.
Not in rotation
CWashington Wizards
February 7, 2019
Mahinmi (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Wednesday in the Wizards' 148-129 loss to the Bucks.
It's the second time in three games that Mahinmi has failed to play, and his lone appearance during that span was just eight minutes in length. While the Wizards have been short on center depth since Dwight Howard required lower-back surgery in late November, coach Scott Brooks has mostly been inclined to use small-ball lineups rather than relying on Mahinmi when starter Thomas Bryant is on the bench. Mahinmi's path to playing time became even more muddled Wednesday, when the Wizards acquired two more frontcourt options from the Bulls in Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Mahinmi, during his first season with Washington, appeared in just 31 games while dealing with knee and calf injuries. When he did see the floor, he largely played a backup role to starting center Marcin Gortat, averaging 5.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 17.9 minutes per game while shooting 58.6 percent from the floor. The 30-year-old has struggled to find starters’ minutes throughout his career, so his workload and production was ultimately no surprise. While he occasionally shows flashes of promise, that usually comes when he draws a start or sees extended run due to an injury, making him generally a better play in daily rather than year-long formats. Considering the center situation in Washington hasn’t seen much, if any, significant change, he’ll likely be in line for a similar workload heading into next season. As a result, he can probably be safely avoided in the majority of Fantasy formats.
Last year was Mahinmi's seventh season in the Association. He averaged 4.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 19 minutes per game for a struggling Pacers team. The 19 minutes per game were a career high, demonstrating the thin status of Indiana's roster for most of last year. And despite the return of All-Star Paul George and the addition of combo guard Monta Ellis, the roster is still thin, particularly in the low post. The departures of veterans Roy Hibbert and David West leave a huge void for Mahinmi, Jordan Hill, and rookie Myles Turner to fill. Unless the 19-year-old Turner develops quickly, Mahinmi could be looking at a second straight season in which he enjoys a career high in minutes played per game. Unfortunately, the extra playing time probably won't result in much offensive output. At this point in Mahinmi's career, he is what he is. Expect another season of modest scoring, modest rebounds, fewer than expected blocks, but solid team defense. In fantasy, he's bench fodder for deeper leagues.
Although Mahinmi's minutes last season remained similar to his 2012-13 campaign, the big man suffered a drop-off in production. He improved his field goal percentage to 48 percent, but he scored 1.5 less points per game and registered 0.6 less rebounds. The one bright spot last season was his defense, as he recorded a career-best 72 blocks, averaging 0.9 per game. He'll head into 2014-15 as Roy Hibbert's primary backup for the third straight year, so there's little reason to expect any major increase in production. At best, Mahinmi could be used as a cheap source of blocks in deeper formats. He suffered a shoulder injury while practicing with the French national team in August and could miss most of the preseason, which may result in him playing a reduced role at the start of the season.
Mahinmi saw his minutes limited due to the emergence of Roy Hibbert last season but will still remain one of the Pacers' key offensive threats in the paint off the bench. Along with Hibbert, Mahinmi also worked out with Tim Duncan in San Antonio this summer, which should show by some improvement in the veteran's low-post play.
Mahinmi responded well to an opportunity in Dallas last season and the Pacers were convinced. In a sign-and-trade, they gave him a four-year, $16 million contract. His offense is very limited, but the Pacers didn’t acquire him for that. As a 15-18 minute-per-game backup to Roy Hibbert, Mahinmi needs to rebound, defend and protect the rim. That’s something the Pacers lacked in 2011-12.
Mahinmi enters the season as the primary backup center after playing in a career-best 56 games last year. He’s energetic and a capable rebounder but has a tendency to get into foul trouble. If Haywood misses any time, Mahinmi may garner attention in deeper fantasy leagues but for now he remains an unpolished reserve.
Mahinmi spent two unproductive seasons in San Antonio where he showed flashes of talent but failed to win the trust of coach Gregg Popovich. The Mavericks felt he was worth the risk and signed the Frenchman to a two-year deal. His minutes will be scarce playing behind Haywood and Chandler, and he is not a viable fantasy player.
Mahinmi has played in just six NBA games over the last two seasons and is strictly end-of-the-bench filler for the Spurs. Since San Antonio currently has 17 players on the roster, he's a candidate to be cut before the start of the season.
Mahinmi may finally get a chance to stick with the Spurs' roster this season as a backup center/forward. Mahinmi is a good athlete who rebounded the ball well in the summer league. At just 22, he still lacks a great deal of basketball experience and will get limited minutes if he sticks on the roster.
Mahinmi was brought over from France after he spent a couple of years in the French League. At just 20, Mahinmi is still several years away from making a contribution for the Spurs.
Mahinmi was San Antonio's first-round draft pick, but Spurs general manager R. C. Buford wants the 18-year old to continue to develop his game in France.
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Cleared to play
CWashington Wizards
January 29, 2019
Mahinmi (thumb) has been cleared to play Tuesday against the Cavaliers.
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Should play Tuesday
CWashington Wizards
January 29, 2019
Mahinmi (thumb) is expected to be ready to play Tuesday against Cleveland, Spencer Davies of Bball Insiders reports.
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Game-time decision vs. Cavs
CWashington Wizards
January 29, 2019
Mahinmi (thumb) went through shootaround and will be a game-time decision Tuesday in Cleveland.
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Questionable for Tuesday
CWashington Wizards
January 28, 2019
Mahinmi (thumb) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against Cleveland.
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Ruled out
CWashington Wizards
January 27, 2019
Mahinmi (thumb) won't play Sunday against San Antonio, Chris Miller of NBCS Washington reports.
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