James Ennis
James Ennis
28-Year-Old ForwardF
Houston Rockets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ennis split the 2017-18 season between the Grizzlies (45 games) and Pistons (27 games), but kept fairly similar averages between both squads. In 72 games combined, he finished with 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 22.3 minutes, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep. Those numbers kept him out of the Fantasy discussion in the bulk of leagues and that's unlikely to change as he heads to an even more talented roster. Ennis joined the Rockets as a free agent this offseason and will look to help fill the void of departed players such as Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Corey Brewer. That said, Ennis appears to be slated for a reserve role that would at best, mirror his previous year's workload, so his production isn't likely to increase. Look for him to battle Gerald Green for minutes behind the likes of James Harden, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker on the wing. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.47 million contract with the Rockets in July of 2018.
Drops 18 points in tough loss
FHouston Rockets
November 28, 2018
Ennis had 18 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds, and one assist in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 128-108 loss to the Mavericks.
Ennis finished in double-digits for just the third time in his last six games, outlining his offensive inconsistencies. He continues to play regular minutes but offers very little from a fantasy perspective. Due to his regular role, he is worth having on a roster in deeper formats but provides little upside outside of some three's and steals.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Ennis, during his third year in the league last season, saw his most substantial role yet, playing a career-high 23.5 minutes per game. He also started a career-high 28 games out of the 64 he appeared in. On the season, he posted 6.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per contest while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 51-of-137 (37.2 percent) from deep. While he was an efficient player, the 6-foot-7 forward is a low-volume scorer (and producer in general), limiting his overall Fantasy impact. His role likely won’t expand next season, either, as the Grizzlies brought in Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans over the summer. Chandler Parsons will begin the season healthy as well. While it’s possible Ennis sees an expanded workload and/or an uptick in production, most signs point to a similar season from the 27-year-old. As a result, he can probably be safely avoided in the majority of Fantasy drafts, though the possibility does remain for him to be a solid waiver wire pickup in deeper leagues depending on how things play out in Memphis.
Ennis appeared in 62 games for Miami last year but saw most of his action when the team was riddled with injuries, averaging 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. He now enters his second NBA season under a non-guaranteed contract with the Heat, and given that the team extended Ennis' guarantee date on his deal, his future with the team looks rather bleak. Ennis presents himself as a long, athletic wing and even served as a stand-out talent when he played overseas, but during his brief stint in the NBA, he hasn't shown the ability to do any one thing particularly well. With that said, even if Ennis should secure a roster spot before the season starts, how he would fit into the team's rotation will remain a big question mark, especially with the acquisition of both Justise Winslow and Gerald Green this offseason, both of whom are versatile wings. Unless this Miami team becomes plagued with injuries, Ennis' impact over the course of the 2015-16 season will be rather minimal, and he may even find himself in the D-League from time-to-time during the year.
Ennis was drafted by the Hawks with the 50th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft but was then traded to the Heat. He spent the gap year playing abroad in Australia and Puerto Rico, all the while waiting for the Heat to create roster space for the 24-year-old. The pride of Long Beach State excelled In his season in Australia and ultimately finished third in MVP voting while averaging 21.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He then spent a short time in Puerto Rico before participating in the NBA's summer league. Ennis exceeded expectations in six summer league performances as he shot 48 percent from the field with averages of 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds. At times, he looked better on the court than fellow rookie Shabazz Napier and gave coach Erik Spoelstra reason to believe he could contribute to the Heat's rotation this season. While his expectations for this season should still be curbed, he has an outside chance at proving he deserves time off the bench if he's able to duplicate some of the outings we've seen from him overseas and in the summer league this past season.
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Plays 32 minutes in victory
FHouston Rockets
November 22, 2018
Ennis tallied 14 points (3-5 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), two rebounds, one steal, and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 126-124 victory over Detroit.
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Scores season-high 19 points in Thursday's win
FHouston Rockets
November 16, 2018
Ennis accumulated 19 points (7-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 107-86 win over the Warriors.
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Rebounds with 16 points Tuesday
FHouston Rockets
November 14, 2018
Ennis totaled 16 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 34 minutes in Tuesday's 109-99 win over the Nuggets.
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Scoreless in Sunday's win
FHouston Rockets
November 11, 2018
Ennis totaled zero points (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), two assists, one rebound, and one steal in 22 minutes during Sunday's 115-103 win over the Pacers.
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Plays just 17 minutes Saturday
FHouston Rockets
November 3, 2018
Ennis produced 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two steals, one rebound, one assist, and one block in 17 minutes during Saturday's 96-88 victory over the Bulls.
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