Anthony Tolliver
Anthony Tolliver
35-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Tolliver wasn't impactful in terms of filling up the box score this past season, averaging 5.0 points (38.2 FG%, 37.7 3P% 78.3 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 threes, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks in 16.6 minutes across 65 appearances with the Timberwolves. Having signed with the Trail Blazers this summer, it's possible Tolliver will end up earning the primary backup power forward job once again, with Zach Collins potentially stepping into the starting role. Even at 34 years old, it's within the realm of possibility that Tolliver pushes toward 20 minutes per contest, which is essentially his career average (19.9 minutes per game). Even if that happens, he has limited appeal, as he's mostly valuable for his ability to threaten opposing defenses from beyond the arc. As such, Tolliver is likely best reserved for use in the very deepest formats and can be avoided in most fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $289,803 contract with the Grizzlies in June of 2020.
Personal Bio

Anthony Lamar Tolliver, the only son of Johnny Tolliver and Donna Lewis, has seven sisters. Born in 1985 in Springfield, Missouri, he graduated from Kickapoo High School in 2003 after winning the Missouri Class 5A State Championship. Tolliver spent four years at Creighton, where he earned a degree in finance. He was named to the Dean's list in each year, was also recognized on the Missouri Valley Conference Honor Roll and as a 10-time MVC Scholar of the Week. In 2006-07, Tolliver was honored with a Senior Class Award All-American. He is a member of the Starting Five of the Hoops2O foundation established by fellow NBA player Malcolm Brogdon, which strives "to score clean, accessible drinking water for those in need". Learn more about the foundation at waterboys.org. Tolliver also serves as a Nothing But Nets Champion and has worked with the United Nations to prevent the spread of malaria by delivering insecticide-treated mosquito nets to families in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter @ATolliver44 and on Instagram @atolliver44.

College/International Summary

Before getting an opportunity as an undrafted free agent with Cleveland in 2007, Anthony Tolliver spent four years as a Creighton Bluejay - three of those as a starter. After appearing in 27 games off the bench and only averaging 6.5 minutes as a freshman, Tolliver's role expanded in his sophomore year to 34 games with 30 of those starts. The accolades began to pile up during his junior season as the responsibilities continued to increase. Tolliver was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and the MVC's Most Improved Team while leading the Bluejays in blocks, rebounds, and charges drawn. His senior campaign followed the same pattern, as Tolliver eclipsed 1,000 career points in a matchup against Nevada and was also selected to the MVC All-Tournament Team.

Starting Friday
FMemphis Grizzlies
August 7, 2020
Tolliver will start Friday against the Thunder, Rob Fischer of Fox Sports Southeast reports.
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2019

In July of 2019, Tolliver signed a contract with theTrail Blazers. The veteran forward proceeded to appear in 33 games (nine starts) with the team, averaging 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.8 minutes. His best performance with Portland was Jan. 13 in a three-point win over the Hornets, where Tolliver posted 16 points (7-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 11 rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes. Shortly after, he was traded along with Kent Bazemore and draft picks to the Kings for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan. Tolliver went on to appear in nine games for the Kings, averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.1 minutes. His best performance with Sacramento was Feb. 1 against the Lakers, where he recorded four points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and two steals in 10 minutes. Later in February, Tolliver was waived by the Kings. He didn't stay a free agent for long, as the Grizzlies signed him to a 10-day deal and, eventually, a rest-of-season contract. Appearing in 13 games (four starts) for Memphis, the Creighton product averaged 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 18.2 minutes. Tolliver had his best effort with the Grizzlies during seeding play in the Orlando bubble, recording nine points (3-5 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes in a win over the Bucks on Aug. 13.

2018

In his 11th NBA season, Tolliver suited up for 65 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves, for whom he also played from 2010-12. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game. Tolliver shot 38.2 percent from the field, including 37.7 percent on three-point attempts. Tolliver posted four double-digit scoring games during a six-game stretch in October. He averaged 8.7 points and 3.3 rebounds on 51.5 percent shooting during that run. In February, the 33-year-old posted his two highest scoring games of the season on back-to-back nights. Tolliver recorded 16 points on Feb. 22 against the Knicks and a season-high 17 points -- including five three-pointers -- on Feb. 23 in Milwaukee. In a win over the Warriors on March 29, Tolliver had 14 points, a season-best nine rebounds and one assist. He handed out a season-high four assists on March 12 against Denver. Later that month, he blocked three shots in a March 23 win over Memphis. He matched that season-high figure again on April 9 against Toronto.

2017

Tolliver enjoyed another solid season as a reserve in Detroit, returning to the Pistons after spending the previous year in Sacramento. The veteran played in 79 games and made 14 starts, averaging 22.2 minutes per contest. Tolliver chipped in 8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Those numbers matched up pretty closely to his single season with the Kings, when he recorded 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per night. The Creighton product stayed active from three-point range, as he hoisted 4.6 three-point attempts per game and converted a robust 43.6 percent of those shots. By comparison, Tolliver attempted just 1.4 two-point baskets per game, as he primarily served as a floor spacer in Detroit. He shot a solid 56.1 percent on his limited looks inside the arc and also drained 79.7 percent of his attempts from the free-throw line. Tolliver's most productive game of the season came April 4, when he knocked down a season-high seven three-pointers on just eight attempts and scored a season-best 25 points. He matched that scoring total on March 24, hitting 6-of-12 three-pointers against the Bulls. Tolliver also grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds and recorded his lone double-double of the season in a win over Brooklyn on April 1.

2016

Tolliver spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Kings. He appeared in 65 games, starting nine of them. Tolliver logged 22.7 minutes per game, the second-highest average of his NBA career. In that time, he posted 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. He shot 44.2 percent from the field, the second highest mark of his career to that point. He also hit 39.1 percent of his attempts from long range. Tolliver reached double digits in points on 21 occasions. He poured in a season-high 19 points March 13 against Orlando. Tolliver tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Houston on Dec. 14. He showed some passing acumen as well, notching nine games with three assists. Tolliver also recorded three blocks April 1 at Minnesota.

2015

In his first full year in Detroit, the well-traveled Tolliver served as a valuable rotation player across 72 games. The 30-year-old came off the bench in 67 times and averaged 18.6 minutes per night. Tolliver primarily operated as a three-point specialist, as 3.8 of his 4.6 shots per game came from long distance. He shot 36 percent from three-point range, marking the third straight year he shot 36 percent or better from deep. Tolliver made a season-high five three-pointers in a game on three separate occasions. Overall, he had 29 games with multiple successful treys. Tolliver scored a season-high 17 points in a loss to Indiana on Feb. 6, going 5-of-9 from behind the arc in the process. The Creighton grad also chipped in 3.2 rebounds per game and posted a season-high 13 boards against the Lakers on Dec. 6. Tolliver just missed on a double-double in that contest, as he finished with nine points. Following the season, Tolliver moved onto his ninth NBA team (Sacramento).

2014

Anthony Tolliver split the 2014-15 campaign between the Phoenix Suns and the Detroit Pistons and averaged a combined 6.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. He began the year in Phoenix, where he appeared in 21 games and averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 boards. On Christmas Eve, Tolliver was traded to Detroit in exchange for Tony Mitchell. With Detroit, Tolliver appeared in 52 contests, including 11 starts. As a member of the Pistons, Tolliver averaged 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists. Tolliver's 14 highest-scoring games of the season all came as a member of the Pistons. He scored a season-high 17 points in a blowout win over Charlotte on Apr. 12, going 6-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from three. In a win over Atlanta on Mar. 31, Tolliver grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds. He also added 13 points for his lone double-double of the season. Overall, Tolliver scored in double-figures in 20 of 76 games and hit multiple three-pointers in 30 games.

2013

Anthony Tolliver appeared in 64 games for the Charlotte Bobcats, making nine starts and averaging 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He notched 16 double-digit scoring efforts and topped 20 points twice. His season-high came in a win over Dallas on Feb. 11, when he went for 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Tolliver also added one rebound and hit 5-of-10 three-point attempts. On Jan. 10 against Minnesota, Tolliver had 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting (5-of-5 3Pt). He grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against the 76ers on Apr. 2. In the same game, Tolliver handed out a season-best five assists. The Bobcats ended the season with a mark of 43-39 and lost to the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. In the postseason, Tolliver appeared in all four of Charlotte's first-round games against Miami and totaled six points, four rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes of run, overall.

2012

A key role player for the Hawks, Anthony Tolliver appeared in 62 games for Atlanta and made 11 starts. He averaged 4.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per contest. On five occasions, Tolliver scored in double-figures, and he notched one 20-point effort in a win over the 76ers on Mar. 6. He also pulled down a season-high eight rebounds in that game. Tolliver hit at least one three-pointer in 28 of 62 games. The Hawks ended the regular season at 44-28 and faced the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. In the postseason, Tolliver appeared in all six of Atlanta's games in Round 1. During the Game 4 win, Tolliver went for nine points (3-of-3 3Pt) and three rebounds in 21 minutes. The Hawks lost to the Pacers in six games.

2011

In his second year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Anthony Tolliver made 51 appearances in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. He averaged 4.1 points and 3.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game and scored in double-figures nine times. His best performance of the season came against Oklahoma City on Mar. 23, when he put up 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. His lone double-double of the season came in a win over Charlotte on March 28. He hit at least one three-pointer in 18 games, including five games with multiple threes. In a blowout win over Dallas on Jan. 1, Tolliver went 3-of-5 from three-point range to finish with 13 points and six rebounds.

2010

In his first year with Minnesota, Tolliver appeared in 65 games and made four starts. Over 21.0 minutes per game, Tolliver averaged 6.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.7 three-pointers per contest. Tolliver hit a career-best 45 percent of his field goals, as well as 40.9 percent of his threes. He scored in double-figures 18 times and topped 20 points once -- in a loss to the Blazers on Apr. 11. In that game, Tolliver went for 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. It was one of his three double-doubles on the season. Against Boston on March 27, Tolliver had 16 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and a season-high four blocks. The Timberwolves finished the season at 17-65.

2009

Anthony Tolliver began the 2009-10 season in Portland, where he appeared in two games and logged four total minutes before being waived on Dec. 29. A few weeks later, he landed in Golden State, signing the first of two 10-day contracts on Jan. 17. Tolliver eventually signed for the rest of the regular season and went on to appear in 44 games for the Warriors. He averaged 12.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. The per game playing time average was by far a career high after seeing only modest playing time with the Trail Blazers and Spurs (2008-09). Tolliver scored in double-figures 29 times and had two 30-point efforts. His career-high came against Minnesota on Apr. 7, when he went for 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting. Against the Mavericks on Mar. 27, Tolliver pulled down a career-best 21 rebounds to go with 10 points.

2008

Undrafted out of Creighton, Anthony Tolliver latched on with the Spurs and appeared in 19 games as a rookie. He logged 10.9 minutes per game, with 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest. Tolliver made his NBA debut on Nov. 7 against the Heat, playing 22 minutes and finishing with eight points, four rebounds and three assists. He notched a season-high nine points, to go with six rebounds and three assists, against the Bucks on Nov. 12. Tolliver bounced between the Spurs and the D-League before being waived on Jan. 7. He subsequently signed a 10-day contract with Charlotte on Jan. 21 but did not appear in a game for the team. Over 17 D-League games with Austin and Iowa, Tolliver posted 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.3 steals per D-League contest.

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Transaction History
  • July 23, 2008
    Signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • January 7, 2009
    Waived by the San Antonio Spurs.
  • January 21, 2009
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Bobcats.
  • September 29, 2009
    Signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat.
  • October 20, 2009
    Waived by the Miami Heat.
  • December 17, 2009
    Signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • December 29, 2009
    Waived by the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • January 17, 2010
    Signed two 10-day contracts with the Golden State Warriors, then signed a contract for the rest of the season.
  • August 9, 2010
    Signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • September 27, 2012
    Signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • August 19, 2013
    Signed as a free agent with the Charlotte Bobcats.
  • July 21, 2014
    Signed a 2-year contract with the Phoenix Suns
  • December 24, 2014
    Traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Detroit Pistons for Tony Mitchell.
  • July 9, 2016
    Signed a multi-year contract with the Sacramento Kings
  • June 1, 2017
    Waived by the Sacramento Kings.
  • July 14, 2017
    Signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons
  • July 7, 2018
    Signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • July 3, 2019
    Signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • January 18, 2020
    Traded by the Portland Trail Blazers -- along with Kent Bazemore and two second-round picks -- to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan.
  • February 29, 2020
    Waived by the Kings.
  • March 2, 2020
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies.
  • June 23, 2020
    Signed a contract with the Grizzlies.
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Tolliver finished the 2017-18 season strongly in Detroit, picking up some of the slack after Blake Griffin went down with an injury. Over the last five weeks of the season, Tolliver posted averages of 11.6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game, to go with 2.6 made threes. The veteran now makes his way back to Minnesota, where he figures to be a consistent bench presence for a team in need of floor-spacers. The Wolves have a decent supply of depth at the four in Taj Gibson and Gorgui Dieng, but Tolliver is a better shooter than both players and will fight for minutes in what's become a notoriously tight rotation. It'll be difficult for Tolliver to match the 22-plus minutes per game he saw last season, but if Gibson, Dieng or even Karl-Anthony Towns were to go down, Tolliver would be in position to pick up increased offensive responsibility. At this point in his career, however, Tolliver is essentially a three-point specialist who chips in a few rebounds. Last season, more than 77 percent of his field goal attempts came from beyond the arc.
The nine-year journeyman spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Kings, marking his fifth team in as many seasons. That didn't stop him from putting together his best overall stat line since 2009-10, as Tolliver posted averages of 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 three-pointers across 22.7 minutes, all up from a year prior. In signing with the Pistons to a one-year, $3.3 million contract, Tolliver will be relegated to a bench role. Both Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer should be ahead of him on the power forward depth chart, leaving Tolliver to fight with Henry Ellenson for scrap minutes. Still, Tolliver is a career 36 percent shooter from three-point land, so he'll be a nice floor spacing threat off the bench when the Pistons need him. Tolliver's Fantasy value should be restricted to those in the deepest of leagues unless injuries occur higher up on the depth chart.
Tolliver is a seven-year veteran of the NBA who has played on eight different teams. He signed a two-year deal with the Suns last summer but didn't fit with the team and was traded to the Pistons in December. Tolliver played well as a stretch power forward off the bench behind Greg Monroe, and during an 11-game stretch in which Monroe was absent from the lineup, Tolliver was given all the available starts at power forward. In those starts, he averaged 9.5 points, 2.4 three-pointers, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 30 minutes per game while shooting 42 percent from the field, 43 percent from three, and 80 percent from the line. Those numbers are sad, because 30 minutes is significant in the NBA today, but it's evidently not enough minutes for a player like Tolliver to put up good fantasy stats in. His three-pointers are elite, to give props where props are due, but Tolliver doesn't rebound exceptionally well, and he doesn't get assists, blocks, or steals. Leave him on the wire in anything but the deepest of leagues.
Tolliver is entering his seventh season in the NBA and his first with the Suns. A career journeyman, he spent last season with Charlotte where he played in 64 games. Tolliver posted averages of 6.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.6 threes in 20 minutes per game last season. He shot 42 percent from the field on 4.8 attempts, 41 percent from three on 3.9 attempts, and 81 percent from the free-throw line on 0.6 attempts per game. With the Suns, Tolliver will likely get a crack at replacing Channing Frye as their stretch-four, and that is where his fantasy value lies - on the perimeter. Tolliver offers three-pointers from the power forward position and has value for that but little else. He shoots a poor percentage from the field for a big man and is almost better served gunning it from beyond-the-arc than anywhere else on the court. Tolliver could add value for those playing in deep leagues looking for out-of-position category contributions, but standard formats can look elsewhere for value.
Tolliver will likely be a role player. Don't expect him to be a big fantasy producer with the Bobcats as a result of the team's depth at forward.
After averaging 12.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg in 32.3 minutes per game with Golden State in 2009-10, Tolliver signed with Minnesota but was reduced to a smaller role. He missed a month with a sprained MCL, but it didn't appear to impact his role with the team. He runs the floor well and is multi-dimensional on offense. That skill set had upside when the T-Wolves wanted to be an up-tempo offense under head coach Kurt Rambis. With Rick Adelman taking over as head coach, Tolliver may reduced to a minor role off the bench and it wouldn't be surprising to see him traded at some point.
He was one of the biggest surprises in fantasy last season, averaging 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 44 appearances with the Warriors. Unfortunately most of that value came as a byproduct of playing in Warriors coach Don Nelson's high-octane offense. After signing with Minnesota, he may also struggle for playing time initially since he'll be behind the third or fourth option at both center and power forward. Still, he could be a good fit for the Timberwolves if they follow through with their plans to be an up-tempo running team.
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Officially joins Memphis
FMemphis Grizzlies
June 23, 2020
Tolliver signed a rest-of-season contract with the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
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Has verbal deal with Grizz
FFree Agent
June 21, 2020
Tolliver and the Grizzlies are expected to finalize a new contract when the league's transaction window opens Tuesday, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports.
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Likely to re-sign with Memphis
FFree Agent
June 21, 2020
Tolliver is expected to re-sign with the Grizzlies when the NBA opens its transaction window Tuesday, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
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Catches fire from distance in debut
FMemphis Grizzlies
March 3, 2020
Tolliver played 19 minutes off the bench and provided 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-5 3Pt) and three rebounds Monday in the Grizzlies' 127-88 win over the Hawks.
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Inks deal with Memphis
FMemphis Grizzlies
March 2, 2020
Tolliver signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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