Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
32-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Wizards
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 11/14/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Mahinmi is entering the final year of his lucrative four-year, $64 million contract, and if his first three seasons in Washington are any indication, the big man is unlikely to be a featured part of the team's rotation. Mahinmi appeared in just 34 games for Washington last season, and while he did deal with some minor injuries, most of his time on the bench was simply due to him being on the outside of the rotation. This is due in large part to the emergence of Thomas Bryant, and with Bryant fresh off signing a three-year, $25 million contract this offseason, the Wizards are likely going to get all they can out of their young big. On top of that, Washington acquired another young big man in Moritz Wagner via a trade with the Lakers, and with the Wizards likely in a scenario where they want to see as much out of their young talent as possible, Wagner should manage to crack the rotation. As a result, Mahinmi looks to be on track to be on the outside of the rotation looking in yet again. Even if Mahinmi does manage to crack the rotation at some point this season, the fact that he hasn't averaged more than 15 minutes per game in each of his last two seasons in Washington shows that he doesn't boast much fantasy value in his 12th NBA season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Wizards in July of 2016.
Out six weeks
CWashington Wizards
October 3, 2019
Mahinmi is dealing with a strained right Achilles and will remain out before being re-evaluated in six weeks, Andrew Joe Potter of The Score reports.
The injury will keep him out of the entirety of training camp, as well as the first three weeks of the regular season. As a result, the Wizards will be rather shorthanded at center behind starter Thomas Bryant to begin the campaign. Moritz Wagner and rookie Rui Hachimura could pick up a few extra minutes on the second unit.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Battling sore Achilles
CWashington Wizards
September 30, 2019
Mahinmi is dealing with a sore Achilles and will not be available to practice Tuesday, Wizards TV host Chris Miller reports.
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Closes season with double-double
CWashington Wizards
April 9, 2019
Mahinmi registered 11 points (4-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 12 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 25 minutes Tuesday against Boston.
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Pulls down seven rebounds Sunday
CWashington Wizards
April 7, 2019
Mahinmi finished with two points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes during Sunday's 113-110 loss to New York.
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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.
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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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