Norris Cole
Norris Cole
31-Year-Old GuardG
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Norris Cole in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $288,131 contract with the Thunder in March of 2017.
Signs with Italian club
GFree Agent
August 20, 2018
Cole signed a contract last week with Sidigas Avellino of the Italian League, Stefan Djordjevic of EuroHoops.net reports.
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The 29-year-old guard, a first-round pick in 2011, last appeared in the NBA in 2016-17 as a member of the Thunder. After spending last season in Israel with Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, Cole will stick around in Europe and move over to Italy. If Cole shows well overseas, he could generate renewed interest from NBA teams down the road.
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April 9, 2016
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April 8, 2016
With many teams resting banged up players as the season winds down, RotoWire's Joel Bartilotta has found a number of value plays that can put up big fantasy stats.
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Cole enjoyed his greatest professional success after a mid-season deal sent him to the Pelicans from the Heat last season. In 28 games with New Orleans, Cole averaged 9.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 0.5 steals to go along with 28 three-pointers in 24 minutes per game. His scoring and shooting percentages were considerably better than the figures posted in 47 games with the Heat, while his other numbers stayed relatively similar. Playing backup point guard to Jrue Holiday is an enviable position given Holiday's frequent injury concerns, but even if the starting point guard misses considerable time, Cole will still be behind Tyreke Evans for ball-handling duties. However, with no other legitimate point guard options currently on the roster, Cole shouldn't face very much competition for playing time in the Pelicans backcourt. With three-happy head coach Alvin Gentry now in charge, Cole could see more opportunities from beyond the arc after shooting a career-best 38 percent from distance after arriving in New Orleans.
Cole has spent his entire three-year career playing for the Heat. Last season, he averaged 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 three-pointers in 25 minutes per game. The 25-year-old has come off the bench in relief of Mario Chalmers his whole career and will likely do more of the same this upcoming season. One could certainly argue that Cole provides more offensive flexibility to the Heat backcourt when he's on the court, but Chalmers provides Miami with a veteran defensive aggressor. New to the backcourt mix this season is the addition of rookie Shabazz Napier. The former Connecticut player showed a lot of potential in college and will try to steal some of Cole's playing time as he gets his feet wet in the NBA. At this point, Cole seems to have the edge over Napier, although Napier will have a chance this season to prove that he deserves a spot in the rotation, thus threatening Cole's current spot as a burst of offensive energy off the bench. The Cleveland State product did a solid job of contributing across the statistical board last season and might be an interesting option in fantasy this season if he's able to carve out more time on the court than the 25 minutes per game he was given last season.
Cole is a promising young player that is blocked for playing time at point guard. He took a slight step back in scoring averages, he did improve his shooting percentages and cut back on his turnovers. With Mario Chalmers back at point guard, it will keep Cole in a similar role as a backup. Even when he is on the floor, he is surrounded by quality scoring that limits his fantasy value.
Highly-regarded scoring small college scoring point who could get more playing time this year if Chalmers doesn't progress.
Rookie Norris Cole will make his NBA debut this season for the Heat. Cole, who was drafted out of Cleveland State, looks to have some relevance at the point guard position for Miami. The older-than-usual rookie (23-years-old), will likely play from the bench, but could see some minutes with his ability to shoot the 3-pointer.
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Will head to Euroleague
GFree Agent
August 14, 2017
Cole has signed a one-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Euroleague, international writer David Pick reports.
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Falls out of rotation
GOklahoma City Thunder
March 15, 2017
Cole (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 122-104 win over the Nets on Tuesday.
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Scores seven points in team debut
GOklahoma City Thunder
March 3, 2017
Cole registered seven points (2-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal across 11 minutes in Thursday's 114-109 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Agrees to contract with Oklahoma City
GOklahoma City Thunder
February 28, 2017
Cole agreed to a contract Tuesday with the Thunder for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
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Signs contract with Chinese club
GFree Agent
October 5, 2016
Cole signed a one-year contract Wednesday with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association, international basketball writer David Pick reports.
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