Frank Kaminsky
Frank Kaminsky
26-Year-Old CenterC
Phoenix Suns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kaminsky just wrapped up a four-year stint in Charlotte, and after the Hornets elected to not retain the former Wisconsin standout, he signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Suns this offseason. Kaminsky had a tough final year in Charlotte, as he was completely out of the rotation to start the season despite having back-to-back years where he averaged over 11 points per game. As a result, the big man ended up appearing in just 47 games for the Hornets in 2018-19, averaging 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds across 16.1 minutes per game. However, his numbers following the All-Star break, when he was once again consistently in the team's rotation, were very solid, as he averaged 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds across nearly 23 minutes per game. Additionally, Kaminsky did uphold his reputation as a legitimate threat from behind the arc, shooting 36 percent from deep on three attempts per game. In Phoenix, he'll be playing behind likely starting power forward Dario Saric, who boasts a similar offensive skillset to that of Kaminsky's, which could make the 26-year-old a seamless fit off the bench. He will, however, have to compete for minutes with fellow big man Aron Baynes, who the Suns acquired via a trade with the Celtics on draft night. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.77 million contract with the Suns in July of 2019.
Shows out during Monday's loss
CPhoenix Suns
October 15, 2019
Kaminsky finished with 22 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and one block in 19 minutes during Monday's 107-102 preseason loss to the Nuggets.
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Kaminsky is having himself a nice preseason and that continued Monday despite the loss. He is certainly doing his very best to earn meaningful minutes for the young Suns team. Kaminsky struggled to find a consistent role during his time in Charlotte and things are not a lot clearer, even after his recent performances. He is probably too risky to take a chance on in standard leagues but managers should just keep an eye on things to see if he can turn this into something real.
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For the second season in a row, and his third year in the league, Kaminsky was given a sixth-man role with Charlotte. He saw about three fewer minutes per game, resulting in lower counting stats essentially across the board, but was able to become a more efficient player. The Wisconsin product set career-highs in field-goal percentage (42.9), three-point percentage (38.0) and free-throw percentage (79.9). While he only posted 11.1 points, 3.6 boards and 1.6 assists per contest on the year, he was impressive when given extra run, able to average 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the four games that he was given 30-plus minutes. Considering his ability to play both power forward and center given his height and three-point shooting, Kaminsky shouldn't have issues garnering sixth-man run again this season. Assuming that’s the case, he'll likely once again be on the fringes of Fantasy relevance in standard formats.
Kaminsky had a rough rookie season, but he showed some serious progression in 2016-17. His averages of 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game were all significant increases from his rookie year, and he demonstrated tangible improvement as the season went on. In the months of February and March, Kaminsky averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks per game across 22 contests. That was easily the best stretch of his professional career, though it remains to be seen if he can maintain that over the course of a season. Kaminsky's role is a bit of an unknown, as the addition of Dwight Howard brings another minute-eater to the frontcourt. With both Howard and Cody Zeller in the fold, Kaminsky projects as the No. 3 center, which means he'll likely see more time at power forward than he has in the past. That said, even at power forward, he'd be backing up Marvin Williams, so it seems highly unlikely he'll surpass the 26.1 minutes he averaged a season ago. It very well may take an injury to make the Wisconsin product a serious threat in Fantasy leagues, and he'll have to improve his scoring efficiency, regardless.
Kaminsky didn't have a spectacular rookie season, but he was a valuable bench contributor for a 48-win team. The former college star appeared in 81 games, averaging 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 41 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from long distance. Raising that shooting efficiency will be Kaminsky's top priority as he enters Year 2. He ranked fifth among all rookies with 68 made three-pointers last season, but conceivably has room to improve after shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc over his final two years at Wisconsin. Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams are expected to start at center and power forward, respectively, leaving Kaminsky, Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert as the top bench options in the frontcourt. Kaminsky is versatile enough to see time at both positions, though his three-point skills and lack of rim protection may primarily limit him to duties at power forward. Nonetheless, Kaminsky should be headed for a bump in overall playing time, though it's unlikely to be overly substantial, especially with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back as another small-ball option at power forward.
Kaminsky, the Hornets' ninth overall pick, averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 34 minutes per game during 39 games as a senior at Wisconsin. He shot 55 percent from the field, 42 percent from deep, and 78 percent from the charity stripe. During five summer league games, Kaminsky contributed 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.0 block in 33 minutes per game, shooting 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from distance. The former Badger forward will have plenty of veterans to battle for minutes, and it's unclear how he will fare defending NBA fours, but the Hornets turned down several first-round picks in favor of drafting Kaminsky.
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Absent from injury report
CPhoenix Suns
October 8, 2019
Kaminsky (back) isn't listed on the injury report prior to Tuesday's preseason game against the Timberwolves.
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Nursing back tightness
CPhoenix Suns
Back
October 4, 2019
Kaminsky is dealing with "a little bit of low back tightness," Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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To sign two-year deal with Suns
CPhoenix Suns
July 1, 2019
Kaminsky and the Suns have agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Becomes unrestricted free agent
CCharlotte Hornets
June 29, 2019
Kaminsky was not extended the qualifying offer and will become an unrestricted free agent.
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Unlikely to get qualifying offer
CCharlotte Hornets
June 27, 2019
Kaminsky is unlikely to receive a qualifying offer from the Hornets, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
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