T.J. Warren
T.J. Warren
26-Year-Old ForwardF
Indiana Pacers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After spending the first five years of his career in Phoenix, this will be Warren's first season on a likely playoff team after he was traded to the Pacers back in June. For the most part, Warren has shown steady improvement in each year since entering the league back in 2014, but his biggest drawback continues to be his inability to stay on the floor. He appeared in just 43 games across the 2018-19 season due to a lingering ankle injury, but he still averaged 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting a career-best 42.8 percent from behind the arc on 4.2 attempts per game -- by far the highest volume of his young career. In Indiana, Warren will be surrounded by more offensive talent than he ever has before, but with star guard Victor Oladipo not expected to return until December while he recovers from knee surgery, Warren may be leaned upon in the first half of the season for a heavier workload offensively as the team's likely starter at small forward. The 25-year-old has shown flashes of being a great scorer in this league, but his fantasy value will always be limited due to the number of games he tends to be sidelined for and his lack of consistent production in the box score beyond the scoring column. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed four-year, $47.7 million contract extension with the Suns in September of 2017. Traded to the Pacers in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Anthony "T.J." Warren Jr. is the son of Althea and Tony Warren. He was born in 1993 in Durham, North Carolina. T.J. played high school ball at Riverside High School and Word of God Christian Academy, both in North Carolina, before ending his high school days at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. T.J. played his college ball at N.C. State, where his father also played. In September of 2018, Warren donated $50,000 and led fundraising efforts for the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to support families harmed by Hurricane Florence. Warren also supports the Stronger Raleigh program to assist families living in poverty in the greater Raleigh, NC area. T.J.'s nickname is "Tony Buckets". Fans can follow Warren on Twitter (@TonyWarrenJr) and Instagram (@t.warren12).

College/International Summary

T.J. Warren spent two years (2012-14) at North Carolina State University and played in a combined total of 70 games for the Wolfpack. Warren started 14 of the 35 games he played in as a freshman and produced 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest. He also shot 62.2 percent from the field. Warren's field goal percentage was tops in the ACC and he was named to the ACC All-Freshman team. He turned into a superstar the next season. As a sophomore, Warren averaged 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in 35 contests, all starts. He again led the ACC in field goal percentage while leading the entire NCAA in both made and attempted field goals. Such offensive firepower saw Warren take home the 2013-14 ACC Player of the Year Award. He was also named to the Consensus All-American Second Team.

Expected to play vs. Lakers
FIndiana Pacers
August 8, 2020
Warren (foot) is expected to play during Saturday's matchup against the Lakers, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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Despite a sore right foot, Warren is expected to take the court. He crashed back to earth during Thursday's game against the Suns while being guarded by Mikal Bridges, posting just 16 points on 20 shots. That said, in the bubble as a whole, he's still averaging an impressive 33.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.8 blocks.
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2018

A scorer at heart, Warren added a consistent three-point shot to his repertoire during his fifth season in the league, all with the Phoenix Suns. During the 2018-19 season, Warren shot 42.8 percent from long range, which was a drastic improvement over his career mark of 28.3 percent entering the season. While his minutes and shot attempts suffered a slight dip, Warren still averaged 18.0 points per game, his fourth-straight season averaging double-figure points per contest. Warren's best month was December, in which he finished with an average of 20.7 points per contest. That included a season-high 30 point effort in a Dec. 13 win over Dallas. Unfortunately, Warren suffered an ankle injury on Jan. 22 against Minnesota, and did not play for the remainder of the season. As such, Warren was limited to 43 games, with 36 starts. Still, he finished in the top 50 in scoring average in the NBA, and would have been in the top 10 in three-point field goal percentage had he qualified. Warren also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest, and flashed some quick hands on the defensive end with 1.2 steals per game.

2017

The 2017-18 season was Warren's best in the NBA as he logged 33.0 minutes per game and averaged a career-best 19.6 points. By comparison, he posted just 14.4 points in the 2016-17 campaign. While the increase in offensive production was impressive, Warren continued to show he can contribute in other areas, as his 5.1 rebounds tied a career-high mark for him. Warren posted six double-doubles, including a ridiculous 40-point, 10-rebound effort in a victory over the Wizards on November 1. The 40 points were a single-game-best for the NC State product. Warren also chipped in 1.6 steals/blocks per contest. He finished with four steals on three separate occasions and three blocks three different times. Warren also drained more than 75 percent (75.7) of his foul shots for a second straight season.

2016

Warren appeared in 66 games during the 2016-17 season, missing time due to head and foot injuries. That said, the 66 games were a career high, and he took on his biggest role to date, starting 59 games and seeing 31.0 minutes per contest. As a result, he set career marks nearly across the board, averaging 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists. He also shot a career-high 77.3 percent from the charity stripe. Plus, he had the fifth lowest turnover rate in the league (6.1 percent). Warren set single-game career highs, as well, with 30 points and 16 rebounds. His best stretch of the season was 10 games from Feb. 15 through Mar. 11. Warren averaged 16.1 points on 11.8 shots, plus 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 blocks across 32.0 minutes. However, Warren's best single performance occurred during the second game of the season against Oklahoma. In 46 minutes, Warren recorded 30 points, nine rebounds, three steals and an assist. The Suns finished the season 24-58 and did not qualify for the postseason.

2015

Warren's 2015-16 campaign was cut short due to a broken foot, which resulted in him appearing in only 47 games (four starts). He essentially averaged career highs across the board, notably posting 11.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He also set single-game highs in points (29), rebounds (11), steals (four) and blocks (three). In addition, Warren had the second-highest offensive rating (112) on the Suns. Warren's best stretch of the season came in a seven-game period from Nov. 23 through Dec. 4. In 25.8 minutes per contest, he averaged 15.1 points on 11.9 shots per contest, plus 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist. He shot 57.8 percent from the field during that stretch. His best performance of the season occurred later in December during a four-point loss to the Thunder. Warren recorded 29 points (11-17 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, four steals and three assists with no turnovers in almost 41 minutes. He also recorded one double-double during the season. While the Suns finished the season 23-59 and out of the playoffs, Warren's play -- when healthy -- was a bright spot for the franchise.

2014

Following two seasons with NC State, Warren was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Suns. He made his NBA debut during the seventh game of the season, seeing a little over a minute during the Nov. 9 win over the Warriors. He appeared in 40 games for Phoenix, averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 52.8 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent from three. The 6-foot-8 forward spent considerable time in the D-League, appearing in nine games for the Bakersfield Jam over four separate assignments. There, he averaged 26.8 points on 20.0 shots, plus 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 35.4 minutes. Warren eventually worked his way into the regular NBA rotation over the final two months of the year following a trade deadline roster shake-up. Across his final 18 appearances, he averaged 8.4 points on 7.1 shots, plus 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 21.4 minutes. Warren's best game of the season was Mar. 29 during a 12-point loss to the Thunder. He posted 18 points (8-10 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block with no turnovers in 29 minutes. The 18 points and two steals both represented career highs, while his other single-game career highs rested at seven rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 12, 2014
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Phoenix Suns.
  • September 26, 2017
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns.
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Indiana Pacers; the Pacers traded cash to the Suns; the Miami Heat traded a 2022 2nd round draft pick, a 2025 2nd round draft pick and a 2026 2nd round draft pick to the Pacers; and the Phoenix Suns traded KZ Okpala to the Heat.
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Warren took the court for just 65 games during the 2017-18 season, marking the fourth straight year where he's been limited to 66 or less contests due to injuries. Despite the injury concerns, the 24-year-old put together his best season to date, most notably upping his scoring to a career-high 19.6 points per game after finishing the prior campaign with just 14.4 points. Warren also chipped in with 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal, while playing 33.0 minutes per outing. However, Warren once again struggled to make an impact as a three-point shooter, hitting a total of 20 deep balls at a brutal rate of just 22.2 percent from beyond the arc. That was a second straight season of shooting well below 30 percent and at this point, there's no indication that number is going to tick upwards. With the Suns selecting Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, there are some concerns that Warren's usage drops with another outstanding player to battle with for touches in the frontcourt. In addition, the Suns also brought in veteran Trevor Ariza as a free agent, who is another player that could steal some minutes at the forward positions from Warren. Considering his three-point struggles and lack of significant cross-category production already, a potential drop in scoring due to the aforementioned additions would be devastating to his Fantasy value in most leagues. Look for Warren's numbers to potentially fall back to the production he had in 2016-17 rather than what he finished with this past season.
Warren appeared in just 66 games last season due to head and foot injuries, though continued to demonstrate his potential when he did take the floor. Last season, in Warren’s third year as a professional, he recorded 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists across 31.0 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 forward also shot 49.5 percent from the field and 26-of-98 from distance. That said, it’s important to note that the Suns drafted forward Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, who plays both Warren’s positions (small forward/power forward). There’s a strong possibility that they’ll occupy the floor at the same time, but the overall situation will seemingly make it difficult for Warren to increase his workload and/or usage. So, while Warren should continue improving as a player, that may not necessarily be reflected by a significant jump in his counting stats, especially if he sees a slight downtick in minutes. For that reason, it seems safe to assume he’ll probably hover around his production from last season, making him a mid-tier option at the small forward slot. It’s important to note the risks before drafting him, though, as the Suns have no shortage of young and talented forwards on the roster.
Warren appeared to be in the midst of a minor breakout during his second season in the league, even putting pressure on P.J. Tucker for the starting small forward job. However, things fell apart for Warren in early February, when he was diagnosed with a broken foot that would sideline him for the rest of the season. In his 47 games, Warren was at least able to establish himself as the Suns’ top scoring source off the bench, averaging 11.0 points to go along with 3.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.8 steals in 22.8 minutes per game. Warren resumed running earlier in June and seems to be trending toward availability for training camp. While Tucker retains the top spot on the depth chart, he required back surgery in mid-September that will likely sideline him through the start of the season, creating an opportunity for Warren to claim a starting role if he proves in camp he’s recovered from the foot procedure. The Suns could also opt to roll a smaller starting lineup that would feature Devin Booker at small forward, but either way, Warren seems poised to grab significant minutes right away to begin his third NBA campaign with Tucker out of commission. He’ll likely see his playing time recede once Tucker returns, but if Warren distinguishes himsef early on, the Suns could certainly opt to keep him ahead of Tucker on the depth chart.
Warren, a lottery pick in the 2014 draft, appeared in only 40 games for Phoenix last season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the floor and 24 percent from three. The North Carolina State product spent considerable time in the D-League, appearing in nine games for the Bakersfield Jam over four separate assignments. Warren had trouble finding minutes in Jeff Hornacek's wing rotation early in the year, but he worked his way into the regular rotation over the final two months of the year following a trade deadline roster shake-up. Warren saw nearly 21 minutes per game over the final 20 games of the season, averaging 7.9 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting an impressive 55 percent from the floor. After losing some depth on the wing in the offseason, the Suns expect Warren to be a part of the every-night rotation, and he'll likely begin the year as the primary backup to P.J. Tucker at small forward. Warren figures to see competition from promising rookie Devin Booker, but he could be one of the beneficiaries if Markieff Morris is moved before the season, which seems less like an "if" and more like a "when". Per Basketball-Reference, 32 percent of Warren's minutes last season came at the power forward spot, and he could continue to see time as a small-ball four in certain lineups.
Warren is entering his first season in the NBA after spending two years at North Carolina State. In his final season with the Wolfpack, the 2013-14 ACC Player of the Year averaged 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in 35 minutes per game. As the 14th-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Warren is clearly in the plans as the team moves forward. He will likely see time at both forward positions and has the potential to carve out a role early in the season given the Suns' relative lack of wing scoring. As seen in college, and in the NBA summer league, Warren can flat out light up the scoreboard, but the question is whether or not he'll have sufficient opportunities as a rookie. His talent is unquestionable, but the Morris twins, P.J. Tucker, and Gerald Green figure to command a lion's share of the minutes at small forward. Warren saw time at power forward in college, but it seems more likely he transitions to a small forward role in the NBA. For now, he'll open as a bench player and will have to earn his spot in the rotation. Still, Warren is worth a late-round flier in deeper formats because of his potential to be a contributor offensively.
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Questionable Saturday
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August 7, 2020
Warren is questionable Saturday against the Lakers due to a sore right foot.
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Dazzles against Magic
FIndiana Pacers
August 4, 2020
Warren scored a game-high 32 points (13-17 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding three assists, three steals, two rebounds and a block in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 120-109 win over the Magic.
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Remains scorching hot
FIndiana Pacers
August 4, 2020
Warren scored 34 points (14-26 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT) along with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocks in 40 minutes during Monday's 111-100 win over Washington.
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Erupts for career-high 53 points
FIndiana Pacers
August 1, 2020
Warren scored a career-best 53 points (20-29 FG, 9-12 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 41 minutes during Saturday's 127-121 win over the 76ers.
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Scores 20, snags six boards
FIndiana Pacers
July 26, 2020
Warren went for 20 points (8-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes during Sunday's 118-111 scrimmage win over the Mavericks.
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