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.
Cleared for training camp
FHouston Rockets
September 24, 2018
Ennis was cleared for the start of training camp last Thursday after overcoming a recent calf injury, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Ennis ended the 2017-18 campaign on the court, so it appears the calf issue must have surfaced at some point over the summer. Prior to gaining clearance for camp, Ennis had practiced on back-to-back days, so he shouldn't be at any major risk of missing the preseason opener Oct. 2 against the Grizzlies for any reason other than rest. The swingman, who averaged 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.7 steals and 0.7 three-pointers in 22.3 minutes per game across 72 contests between the Grizzlies and Pistons last season, is expected to fill a depth role in his inaugural campaign in Houston.
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#3 Small Forward
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Joining Houston
FHouston Rockets
July 11, 2018
Ennis agreed Wednesday with the Rockets on a two-year contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. The second season includes a player option.
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Best season to date
FDetroit Pistons
April 20, 2018
Ennis recorded 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 72 games played with the Grizzlies and Pistons in 2017-18.
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Scoreless in Wednesday's loss
FDetroit Pistons
April 4, 2018
Ennis went scoreless (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) in seven minutes during Wednesday's 115-108 loss to the 76ers.
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Available to play Wednesday
FDetroit Pistons
April 4, 2018
Ennis (hand) is available to play in Wednesday's game against the 76ers, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
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Won't play Sunday vs. Nets
FDetroit Pistons
Hand
April 1, 2018
Ennis won't play in Sunday's game against the Nets due to a hand injury, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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