Garrett Temple
Garrett Temple
34-Year-Old GuardG
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Temple will be playing with his ninth different NBA team in his 10th season after signing a two-year contract with the Nets this offseason. Temple started last season with the Grizzlies but was then traded at the deadline to the Clippers. He played a large role in Memphis, especially since they started the season looking like a competitive club, and he averaged 7.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists across 31.2 minutes per game with them. Then, after being dealt to Los Angeles, the swingman's playing dropped sharply to 19.6 minutes per game in 26 appearances. Now as part of a Brooklyn franchise that is finally looking to compete, Temple should serve as a key player off the bench. However, even without Kevin Durant, who is out for the year after tearing his Achilles, Brooklyn is quite crowded on the wing. Temple will be battling with the likes of Spencer Dinwiddie, Taurean Prince, Wilson Chandler and Rodions Kurucs for minutes in the backcourt and on the wing. His best avenue for minutes is likely at shooting guard, and it's his best fit given his skillset. Temple is a 35.3 percent three-point shooter for his career and has shot at least 34 percent in each of the last four seasons. But for once, the Nets boast a lot of talent and depth, so the 33-year-old Temple will be fighting for every minute he can get this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Nets in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Garrett Bartholomew Temple is the son of Collis Temple Jr. and Soundra Johnson-Temple. He was born in 1986 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Collis was the first African-American to play basketball at LSU (1971-74). Garrett has two older brothers and a sister. For high school, he attended LSU Laboratory School, one of two university lab schools in Baton Rouge. In 2004, Temple averaged 13.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in leading his team to the Class 2A state championship. He also competed in high school track and field as a long jump and triple jump specialist. Garrett's favorite food is gumbo. Fans can follow the veteran guard on both Twitter and Instagram @GTemp17. Since 2017, Garrett has hosted an annual summertime Father and Son Basketball Camp in his hometown.

College/International Summary

Garrett Temple is a Baton Rouge native who stayed home to play four seasons (2005-2009) at Louisiana State University . He was prized for his defensive acumen on the perimeter. Temple started 35 games as a redshirt freshman for a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four, led by stars Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas. Temple averaged 5.1 points, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game as a freshman. During his sophomore season, Temple started all 32 games and provided 8.6 points and a career-high 4.3 assists per contest. Over his junior season, Temple averaged 6.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per tilt. The Tigers returned to the NCAA Tournament in Temple's senior season (2008-09). New coach Trent Johnson went with a three-guard lineup that included Temple, Marcus Thornton and Bo Spencer. Temple led the team with 3.8 assists per game and also provided 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. Temple finished his career as LSU's all-time leader in minutes played, was twice named to the SEC All-Defense team and in 2008-09 was named to the All-SEC Second Team.

Starting Friday vs. Kings
GBrooklyn Nets
August 7, 2020
Temple is starting Friday's game against the Kings, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.
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Temple came off the bench and played five minutes Wednesday, but he'll re-join the starting five Friday. In his 32 starts this season, he's averaging 11.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 31.3 minutes.
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Past Season Summaries
2018

Garrett Temple started the year in Memphis, claiming the primary spot at shooting guard. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff entrusted Temple with a career-high 31 minutes per game, and the LSU product returned the favor by averaging 1.5 three-pointers over 49 trips to the court, a personal-best clip. A sprained shoulder from late January cost Temple roughly two weeks. By the time Temple was healthy again, the Clippers acquired the swingman in a trade. Los Angeles didn't lean on the ninth-year veteran all that heavily compared to his time in Memphis. He played 19.6 minutes per game and started in six of 26 games for the Clippers. The guard saw action in all six of LA's playoff games versus the Warriors, contributing 2.3 points and 0.5 steals over 10.5 minutes per post-season contest. Overall, Temple averaged 7.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists between the two Western Conference clubs.

2017

Temple's second season of his second stint in Sacramento saw the 31-year-old average a career-high 8.4 points per game. He would appear in 65 games, making 35 starts and average 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals in 24.8 minutes. On Jan. 23, Temple came off the bench but wound up playing 40 minutes on his way to scoring a career-high 34 points in a win over Orlando. He'd also add five assists in that game, where he went on to score 19 points in the final quarter on a 14-for-17 shooting night. Temple drained a career-high six three-pointers versus the Suns on Oct. 23 and scored 23 points overall. He'd also count 23 against the Magic on a 7-of-10 shooting night on Mar. 9. Temple would also grab a season-high eight rebounds against the 76ers on Dec. 19. He scored 18 points and made all three of his attempts from behind the arc against Milwaukee on Nov. 28. Temple recorded six assists on two occasions: first on Jan. 30 at New Orleans and a month later against Oklahoma City. He also matched a career-high with three blocks against the Clippers on Nov. 25.

2016

During the summer of 2016, Garrett Temple signed a three-year contract with the Sacramento Kings after playing four seasons for the Wizards. The change in scenery served Temple well. He produced per game personal bests in points (7.8), rebounds (2.8), assists (2.6), steals (1.3), blocks (0.4), made threes (1.3) and minutes played (26.6). He also shot 42.4 percent from the field, his best shooting accuracy since his 2009-10 rookie season. And he drained a career-high 78.4 percent of his free throw attempts. Temple scored in double figures 20 times and led the Kings in scoring three times. On Dec. 14, Temple scored a season-high 20 points during a loss at Houston. On Jan. 6, the lengthy guard grabbed a career-high-tying nine rebounds - including a personal-best five offensive boards - during a home loss to the Clippers. In February and March, Temple missed 13 games due to a partial left hamstring tear. Temple's Kings finished the season with a record of 32-50 and did not qualify for the postseason.

2015

The 2015-16 season was Garrett Temple's fourth year with Washington and his ninth season in the Association. The 29-year-old appeared in a personal-best 80 games for the Wizards and averaged a career-high 24.4 minutes per contest. The increased playing time led to per game career-highs in points (7.3), rebounds (2.7), and made three-pointers (1.1). Temple also received a career-high 43 starts for Washington as a result of injuries to Bradley Beal. The 6-foot-6 guard scored in double figures 27 times, including registering five games with at least 20 points. He also led Washington in scoring four times. On Dec. 21, Temple exploded for a career-high 23 points in a win over the Kings. On Jan. 13, he'd go on to swipe a career-high five steals during a victory versus Milwaukee. Temple's Wizards finished an even 41-41 and missed the playoffs. The defensive stopper enters the offseason as a free agent.

2014

In the summer of 2014, Garrett Temple signed a new two-year agreement to return to the Washington Wizards. The deal marked the 28-year-old's first ever multi-year NBA contract. 2014-15 was Temple's third season with the Wizards. The 6-foot-6 guard appeared in 52 games for Washington. An injury to Bradley Beal led to Temple starting the first 13 games of the season. On Nov. 1, he scored a career-high 18 points during a win over the Bucks. Temple would receive a total of 18 starts. During those appearances, his per game averages were 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 made threes from 26 minutes. For the season, he played 14 minutes per game and averaged 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.2 blocks. He also shot 38 percent from behind the arc. Temple's main asset continues to be his perimeter defense. He uses his long frame to effectively defend point guards, shooting guards and small forwards equally well. Temple missed the last 18 games of the season due to a torn right hamstring. The Wizards finished with a 46-36 record and defeated the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. Temple's hamstring injury prevented him from playing in that series, but he returned in Game 2 of the second round matchup versus Atlanta. He supplied bench support during four contests during the series, but Washington would be eliminated in six by the Hawks.

2013

The 2013-14 season marked Garrett Temple's first season as a full-time NBA regular. The much traveled 26-year-old appeared in a career-high 75 games for the Washington Wizards. For his first six appearances, Temple saw a total of 17 minutes. But over the next eight outings, Temple averaged 19 minutes per game and chipped in with three points and two rebounds. On Nov. 26, Temple played a season-high 26 minutes in a win over the Lakers. His playing time then returned to modest levels in December. And from Dec. 28 to Feb. 19, Temple played a more steady minutes regimen. On Jan. 8, the 6-foot-6 guard dished a season-high six assists in a win at New Orleans. Five days later, Temple scored a season-high 10 points versus Chicago. The Wizards finished with a record of 44-38 and made it to the second round of the playoffs, where they lost in six games to the Pacers. Temple would go on to appear in 10 of their 11 playoff contests.

2012

In 2012, Garrett Temple returned from playing in Italy. He joined the Miami Heat during training camp and started the season with the D-League Reno Bighorns. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 21, Temple played in nine games for the Bighorns and started all of them. During his third D-League campaign, Temple posted per game averages of 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.2 made treys. On Christmas Day, Washington signed Temple to a contract for the remainder of the season. He then played in 51 of the Wizards' next 57 games. With Washington, Temple averaged 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 22.7 minutes. The defensive-minded wing scored in double-figures nine times. He led the Wizards in rebounds on three occasions and in assists eight times. On Jan. 4, Temple dished out a career-high 11 assists versus Brooklyn. On Mar. 18, Temple scored a season-high 17 points at Charlotte. After a much traveled early career, it appears Temple has found a home with the Wizards.

2011

In late July of 2011, Garrett Temple signed a one-year deal with Novipiu Junior Casale of Italy's Liga A. In 28 games with Casale, he averaged 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 steals. He'd also shoot 83 percent from the free throw line. Temple was one of eight Casale teammates with American NCAA college basketball experience. The team finished last in Liga A with an 8-24 record and maintained the slowest offensive pace of the 17 clubs.

2010

Garrett Temple played for five different teams during the 2010-11 season, his second in the Association. His year started with the Spurs, with whom he played five games at the end of last season. But after brief appearances in three of San Antonio's first seven contests, the club released Temple on Nov. 11. He then returned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League and would appear in nine matchups to produce per game averages of 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 threes over 28 minutes. On Dec. 30, Temple was traded to the D-League Erie BayHawks for Jeff Adrien. With Erie, his minutes increased to 37 per contest. In late January, the guard signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Milwaukee Bucks. The LSU product appeared in nine games and averaged nine minutes per appearance. On Feb. 24, Temple returned to the Bayhawks for six more D-League matches. Then, on Mar. 7, Temple signed two 10-day deals with the Charlotte Bobcats and later received a contract for the rest of the season. The well-traveled wing played in each of the Bobcats' last 10 games and compiled per game averages of 3.8 points, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals. On the season, Temple would appear in 24 NBA games and 24 D-League contests.

2009

Garrett Temple played with four teams during his rookie season. He started the year with the D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the first year in which they were an affiliate of the Houston Rockets. Temple would average 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 made threes over 30 contests with the Vipers. On Jan. 10, Temple delivered a D-League career-high 24 points along with three steals in a win over Iowa. On Feb. 8, the rookie signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Rockets. Temple appeared in nine games, averaging 13 minutes. At the end of his second short-term deal, Houston did not offer Temple a standard contract. But on Mar. 3, he inked the first of two 10-day contracts with Sacramento. But ultimately, the Kings would waive Temple on the 12th. The next day, the Spurs signed Temple to a 10-day deal and later kept Temple through to the end of the campaign. Overall, the 6-foot-6 wing played in 27 NBA games and averaged 5.0 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 0.5 made treys over 12.4 minutes.

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Transaction History
  • September 30, 2009
    Signed as a free agent with the Houston Rockets.
  • October 21, 2009
    Waived by the Houston Rockets.
  • February 8, 2010
    Signed a the first of two 10-day contracts with the Houston Rockets.
  • March 3, 2010
    Signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Sacramento Kings.
  • March 12, 2010
    Waived by the Sacramento Kings.
  • March 13, 2010
    Signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs, then signed a contract for the rest of the season.
  • November 11, 2010
    Waived by the San Antonio Spurs.
  • January 25, 2011
    Signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • March 7, 2011
    Signed two 10-day contracts with the Charlotte Bobcats, then signed a contract for the rest of the season.
  • September 13, 2012
    Signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat.
  • October 27, 2012
    Waived by the Miami Heat.
  • December 25, 2012
    Signed as a free agent with the Washington Wizards.
  • July 10, 2013
    Signed as a one-year agreement with the Washington Wizards.
  • July 18, 2014
    Re-signed with the Washington Wizards via a new two-year agreement.
  • July 9, 2016
    Signed a three-year contract with the Sacramento Kings
  • June 29, 2018
    Exercised player option for 2018-19 with the Kings.
  • July 17, 2018
    Traded by the Sacramento Kings to the Memphis Grizzlies for Deyonta Davis, Ben McLemore, cash and a 2021 2nd round draft pick.
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Memphis Grizzlies with JaMychal Green to the Los Angeles Clippers for Avery Bradley.
  • July 8, 2019
    Signed a two-year agreement with the Brooklyn Nets.
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Temple brings his veteran leadership and impressive defensive skills to Memphis, where he’s expected to fill an important wing role in the coming season. While Dillon Brooks is projected to handle starting shooting guard duties, Temple should see his fair share of playing time while also filling in at small forward as needed. He’s now averaged well over 20 minutes in three straight seasons and scored a career-best 8.4 points (on a career-high 7.3 shot attempts) in Sacramento last season. However, Temple’s most reliable contributions typically come on the defensive end, which should allow him to fit in seamlessly with a Grizzlies squad looking to return to an elite level of play on that end of the floor. Given his typically modest offensive contributions, however, Temple’s Fantasy appeal is limited to very deep formats, even if he’s able to enjoy an allotment in excess of 20 minutes per game.
Temple played a significant rotational role with the Kings last season, posting 7.8 points, 2.8 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals across 26.6 minutes per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and hitting 1.3 threes per game at a 37.3 percent clip. His path to playing time is less clear heading into the 2017-18 season, however, as the team added guys like George Hill, Justin Jackson and Bogdan Bogdanovich to the mix. While Temple’s ability to play both shooting guard and small forward should allow the Kings to find him playing time somewhere, he wasn’t especially productive in the minutes he received last year. Overall, it seems realistic to expect Temple’s playing time to either plateau or dip, lowering his already subpar Fantasy stock. For those reasons, he can likely be safely avoided in most Fantasy formats.
In his first two seasons in the NBA, Temple had cups of coffee with five different franchises. He never appeared in more than 13 games and shuttled between the NBA and the NBDL. Temple spent the 2011-12 season in Italy, but appears to have found a home in Washington. The 6-6 guard has stuck with the Wizards and has appeared in at least 50 games for the team over the last three seasons. Last year, Temple started 18 games while Bradley Beal was out and managed to hit a Beal-like 38 percent of his three-pointers. He opened the season with four games of 12 or more points in his first five, then scored in double digits just four times during the rest of the season. For the season, he played 14 minutes per game and averaged 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.2 blocks. He converted 40 percent from the field and 73 percent from the line. Temple's main asset is his perimeter defense, and he uses his long frame well. He will have to battle Ramon Sessions and Gary Neal for playing time, but Temple is superior defensively to his competition.
Garrett Temple, 28 years old, averaged 1.8 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.5 steals, and 0.1 blocks in nine minutes per game through 75 games played for the Wizards last season. He re-signed on a two-year, veteran's minimum deal in the offseason and figures to once again occupy a role on the edge of Washington's rotation. Capable of playing both guard spots, Temple will likely be the third point guard, behind John Wall and Andre Miller. His prospects for playing time at shooting guard aren't much better, as the Wizards have Bradley Beal hogging most of the minutes, backed up by Martell Webster/Paul Pierce and Glen Rice. After all but falling out of the rotation after the All-Star break last season, Temple is likely just hoping to work his way back to 5-10 minutes per game. Barring an injury to Miller, Wall, or Beal, he may find even that hard to come by.
Temple is on the roster to provide insurance at both guard positions. He is very defense oriented and has fantasy value in only the deepest of leagues. The Wizards are his seventh team in three NBA seasons.
Temple impressed coaches during a series of 10-day contracts last year, even earning a start late in the season. He is the favorite to earn the team’s final roster spot this year, but should provide little fantasy contribution.
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Back to bench Wednesday
GBrooklyn Nets
August 5, 2020
Temple isn't in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Celtics, Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily.com reports.
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Hits five threes in win
GBrooklyn Nets
August 4, 2020
Temple had 19 points (7-15 FG, 5-11 3PT), five rebounds and four assists in Tuesday's win over Milwaukee.
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Set to start vs. Milwaukee
GBrooklyn Nets
August 4, 2020
Temple will start Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily reports.
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Healthy heading into season restart
GBrooklyn Nets
July 28, 2020
Temple logged 23 minutes off the bench Monday in the Nets' 112-107 exhibition loss to the Jazz, posting seven points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
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Expected back Thursday
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Ankle
March 11, 2020
Temple (ankle) is considered probable for Thursday's game against Golden State, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
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