Larry Nance

Larry Nance

28-Year-Old ForwardF
Portland Trail Blazers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
For better or for worse, Nance's fantasy value has been tied to Kevin Love's health in recent years. That's resulted in Nance often being a nice, late-round draft selection or mid-season pick-up due to Love's consistent injury issues. He's ranked inside the top-105 in each of the past three seasons. Last year, he was 85th in per-game production via 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 combined steals-plus-blocks in 31.2 minutes. He's also improved his three-point shooting, hitting 1.1 threes per game at 35.5 percent over the past two seasons. This season brings about a new opportunity for Nance, as he was dealt to the Trail Blazers in the offseason in the trade that sent Lauri Markkanen to the Cavaliers. Nance has potential to play a multi-position sixth-man role for the Blazers, who are extremely short on quality depth. Though Nance has mostly played power forward and center, he saw some run at small forward last season and has a chance to continue that in Portland. Fantasy managers who have been high on Nance's upside in recent seasons should feel good about this move. Aggressively, he could be targeted around picks 80-90, but he can probably be had later than that. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $44.8 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in October of 2018. Traded to the Trail Blazers in August of 2021.
Personal Bio

Larry Donnell Nance Jr. was born in 1993 in Akron, Ohio to Larry Sr. and Jaynee Nance. His father played for the Suns and Cavaliers over 13 NBA seasons and was named an All-Star three times. Nance went just out of town to Revere High School, where he began as a 5-foot-11 freshman point guard. By the time he was a senior, he had grown eight inches and led the team to consecutive league titles. In that final year, Nance posted 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.0 blocks, and 2.6 steals per game as he was honored with First-Team All-District, First-Team All-League, and Second-Team All-Ohio selections. As someone who has dealt with Crohn's disease, he has raised awareness and has served as a mentor to others battling the illness. You can follow Nance on Twitter (@Larrydn22) and Instagram (@larrydn7).

College/International Summary

Nance is a second-generation basketball player whose father won the NBA's first Slam Dunk Contest. He spent four years at Wyoming and improved each season. The 6-foot-8 forward came off the bench exclusively as a freshman in support of Leonard Washington. He put up 4.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.9 minutes. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and averaged 10.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Nance seem to find his stride at the end of the season and averaged 17.6 points and 6.8 rebounds over the last five games. The forward provided 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a junior and had eight double-doubles, including 38 points and 12 rebounds in a loss at Denver. As a senior, Nance guided the Cowboys for the first time since 2002. He averaged 16.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. He helped the team win the Mountain West Conference tournament by averaging 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in wins over Utah State, Boise State and San Diego State. The Cowboys lost in the first round to Northern Iowa, but Nance contributed 16 points and seven rebounds. Nance was drafted 27th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Shipped to Portland
FPortland Trail Blazers
August 27, 2021
Nance was sent to Portland on Friday as part of a three-team sign-and-trade that brings Lauri Markkanen to Cleveland and Derrick Jones to Chicago, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Markkanen is the biggest name on the move, as he'll join the Cavaliers and sign a four-year, $67 million contract. Meanwhile, Nance will move from a crowded depth chart to what should be a much more fantasy-friendly situation with the Trail Blazers. Jusuf Nurkic and Robert Covington project to start at center and power forward, respectively, but Nance will likely be in line to serve as the first big man off the bench. The former Wyoming standout has always been a strong per-minute fantasy player, but his role was typically inconsistent with the Cavs, though he was able to see more minutes over the last two seasons with Kevin Love missing extensive time due to injury. Fantasy-wise, Nance isn't elite in any one area, but he offers a well-rounded profile with few weaknesses. He's averaged at least 1.0 steals per game in five straight seasons, including a career-high 1.7 per game in 2020-21.
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2020

Nance averaged 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and a career-high 1.7 steals in 31.2 minutes per game for the Cavaliers in 2020-21. He also shot 47.1 percent from the field and 61.2 percent from the free throw line. Nance made a career-high 1.2 threes per game at a career-high 36.0 percent as well. He shot 42.9 percent from three at home. Arguably his best overall performance of the campaign was Dec. 23 in a win over the Hornets. Across 34 minutes, Nance recorded 13 points (5-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds (five offensive), a season-high eight assists, three steals and two blocks. That was one of his five double-doubles. His other season highs stood at 18 points, 16 rebounds, four steals, two blocks and four three-pointers. In the three games that Nance saw more than 40 minutes, he averaged 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.0 blocks in 44.0 minutes.

2019

The pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season was Nance's fifth season in the Association and his third with Cleveland. The power forward appeared in 56 games for the Cavaliers, with 10 starts. He set per-game career highs in points (10.1) and three-pointers (1.0) while also averaging 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal in 26.3 minutes per game. Nance shot 53.1 percent from the field and a career-high 35.2 percent from behind the arc. Nance's 122.3 offensive rating ranked 17th in the NBA when the season paused on Mar. 12. Nance's best overall performance of the season occurred Feb. 12 during a game against the Hawks. In 35 minutes, Nance posted a career-high 23 points (8-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks. The game marked was one of his 12 double-doubles. Nance's longest streak of double-digit scoring was nine games and occurred from Jan. 20 through Feb. 5. Over that period, he averaged 14.8 points on 11.1 shots, 9.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 28.0 minutes per contest. On Mar. 2, Nance started and dished a career-high eight assists, plus added 16 points, eight rebounds and two steals, during a home loss to the Jazz.

2018

In his first full season with the Cavaliers, Nance set career highs across the board. Known for his tenacious dunking skills, the son of the former NBA player with the same name showed there is more skill to his game than just throwing it down. Nance has always had a knack for picking up steals. He averaged 1.5 steals per game during the 2018-19 season, his third year in a row averaging over one steal per contest. He also averaged 9.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 27 minutes per game, all career highs. Nance appeared in 67 contests for the Cavs, including 30 starts. The big man missed a few games due to rib and knee injuries. Nance averaged over one three-point attempt per game for the first time in his career, draining 34 percent of his 1.5 attempts per contest. On Feb. 8, Nance gathered a whopping 19 rebounds, to go with 10 points, six assists, and three steals in a loss to Washington. The 6-foot-9 forward delivered a double-double in 18 games and reached double-digit rebound totals in 25 contests.

2017

Nance started his third season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played in 42 games in L.A., starting 17 of them. Nance averaged 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per contest for the purple and gold. Nance was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline since the Eastern Conference wanted to add some athleticism, toughness and physicality to their title-contending roster led by LeBron James. Nance had his best month of the season in March, averaging 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Cavs. Nance appeared in 20 playoff games for the Cavaliers, as they advanced to the Finals for the fourth straight year. Nance's best game in playoffs came in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He tallied nine points and 11 rebounds in the overtime thriller. Nance averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the playoffs overall, playing 15.3 minutes per contest.

2016

Nance ended his sophomore season with averages of 7.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals. The 6-foot-7 forward became a larger threat on both ends of the court; on offense, he shot career bests of 55.4 percent on two-point attempts and 73.8 percent from the line. Nance primarily showcased the improved scoring efficiency by collecting a career-high 18 points during two occasions -- against the Bulls on Nov. 20 and the Celtics on Feb. 3. He also established new career highs for steals (1.3) and blocks (0.9) averaged per game, with his defensive talents best demonstrated through a six-steal performance in a Nov. 1 contest at Indiana. Nance came off the bench during most of the season, but an ankle injury to center Ivica Zubac allowed the sophomore to start all of the team's April contests. He started and impressed in all seven games by averaging a near double-double of 10.3 points and 9.6 rebounds to go along with 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals. Nance even matched his rebounding-high from the prior season by grabbing 14 boards April 2 against the Grizzlies.

2015

With the 27th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers drafted the 6-foot-7 forward out of Wyoming in Nance. Despite dealing with a sore right knee for much of the season, he suited up for 63 of the team's 82 games and started 22 times. The injuries did not affect his playing time either, as Nance averaged 20.1 minutes through said contests. Despite coming off the bench for most of the year, the rookie played from the lineup in multiple December and January matches ahead of regular starter Julius Randle. Nance took advantage of his momentary honor by establishing career-bests for points, rebounds, blocks and steals all during games he started. In the Lakers' first contest after Christmas, the 23-year-old scored what became a season-high 17 points on Dec. 27 in Memphis. He then started the calendar year of 2016 strong by grabbing a career-best 14 boards in back-to-back home games against the 76ers on Jan. 1 and the Suns on Jan. 3. Nance provided his most impressive defensive showing on Jan. 14 by collecting six steals against defending champions Golden State. He averaged 7.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals during the stretch of 22 straight starts. At the end of the season, Nance concluded with averages of 5.5 points (52.7 percent shooting) and 5.0 rebounds.

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For a fifth straight season, Nance set a new career high in points (10.1) as a direct result of increased opportunities from beyond the arc -- he averaged 2.8 three-pointers per game compared to 1.5 in the previous season. However, the 27-year-old forward sustained slight dips across the rest of the categories, posting 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 26.3 minutes per contest. He should be in line for a similar workload in the upcoming season and perhaps a slight uptick if he can stay healthy. Tristan Thompson left for Boston in free agency but was quickly replaced by fifth-overall pick Isaac Okoro. Nance should still have an edge as one of the first players off the bench, but Okoro's addition is just more competition standing in the way of minutes.
During Nance's first full season in Cleveland, he set career highs in points (9.4), rebounds (8.2), assists (3.2) and minutes (26.8) over 67 contests. Though the Cavs finished near the bottom of the league in the standings, that didn't really impact the big man's overall production. In fact, it may have given him even more opportunities to succeed, especially considering the injury bug that bit Cleveland during the 2018-19 campaign. While Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will both be back for the upcoming season, Nance figures to slot in as one of the first players off the bench in the frontcourt, likely allowing him to rack up minutes in the mid-20s on a nightly basis. That's assuming he stays healthy, however. Nance hasn't cracked more than 67 games in his first four seasons. On a positive note, Nance's shot from three improved drastically in 2018, as he knocked down a career-best 33.7 percent of his triples, sinking an average of 1.5 per matchup. The former first-round pick out of Wyoming continues to trend upward as he gains NBA experience, and he'll take that momentum into the 2019-20 season.
Nance opened the 2017-18 campaign in complementary role off the bench with the Lakers, providing the all-around production and energy that coaches love. However, a mid-season trade involving the Cavaliers' Isaiah Thomas and handful of other players ended up sending Nance to Cleveland as an upside piece. The 6-foot-9 big man's value didn't change much with his new organization, though, and in 66 games between the two teams, he posted averages of 8.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 58.1 percent from the field. His situation with Cleveland became slightly more intriguing this offseason after LeBron James bolted for Los Angeles. The Cavaliers have already tabbed Nance as a building block for the future and are hoping to extend the 25-year-old, which would suggest the team is hoping to key in on his development moving forward. Kevin Love was given a four-year, $120 million extension and Tristan Thompson is back and set to make over $17 million, so there are a few players in the way of a 30-plus minute role. That said, if the organization does like Nance's upside as much as has been let on, look for him to see a decent uptick in his playing time from the 21.5 minutes he averaged in 2017-18. While Nance's lack of a three-point game and poor free-throw percentage are always of concern, his ability to provide across-the-board value would bring him into consideration for ownership in the the bulk of Fantasy leagues if he's able to garner a full starter's workload. Look for Nance to at least be the first big man off the bench right away, though he could work his way into the top unit eventually.
Nance's lack of perimeter game may end up confining him to the bench for the better part of his career, but he's already shown at 24 years old that he's still quite valuable to the Lakers as a role player. Though injuries cropped up periodically last season, Nance was a solid producer when healthy, averaging 7.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in just 22.9 minutes per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor. As an athletic, high-energy player, Nance provides a nice change-of-pace option at power forward behind the more offensive-minded Julius Randle, and is also capable of moving up on the positional spectrum to lock up more perimeter-oriented small forwards. If Nance were to land a consistent 30-minute role, he'd probably offer enough across-the-board value to warrant ownership in just about every fantasy setting, but that seems unlikely to materialize in 2017-18. With the Lakers still viewing last year's No. 2 overall pick, Brandon Ingram, as their starting small forward alongside Randle and veterans Luol Deng and Corey Brewer and rookie Kyle Kuzma also in the mix for playing time at forward with the second unit, Nance looks bound to stick in the 20-to-25-minute range for the foreseeable future.
Judging by the crowd reaction at Las Vegas Summer League, the Lakers may have found their bench sparkplug/cult hero in Larry Nance Jr. Despite an inauspicious start as a Laker, when a derogatory tweet about Kobe Bryant was discovered on his timeline, Nance has been embraced by the Lakers' fans and showed off some surprising skills. The senior from Wyoming was selected with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2015 draft after averaging 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 0.5 three-pointers in 35 minutes through his 31 games last season in the Mountain West conference. He'll have to battle Julius Randle, Brandon Bass, and Ryan Kelly for minutes at the power forward spot, and for him to have a meaningful impact this season, a lot will need to go right for him and wrong for the Lakers for that to happen. But, Nance showed off incredible athleticism in Vegas, and his college play showed an aptitude for acquiring defensive stats, which can be extremely valuable in fantasy leagues. The problem is, will the rest of his game develop enough, and will he get enough of an opportunity to be helpful in fantasy leagues this season? That seems like it may be a tough task.
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Shut down for season
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May 4, 2021
Nance (thumb) was officially ruled out for the remainder of the season after the Cavaliers signed Anderson Varejao to a 10-day contract Tuesday, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Likely done for season
FCleveland Cavaliers
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April 27, 2021
The Cavaliers are expected to shut down Nance for the remainder of the season after he fractured his right thumb in Sunday's 119-110 loss to the Wizards, ESPN.com reports.
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Diagnosed with fractured thumb
FCleveland Cavaliers
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April 26, 2021
Nance sustained a fractured right thumb during Sunday night's loss to Washington and will not play Monday against Toronto.
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Scores 10 points in return
FCleveland Cavaliers
April 22, 2021
Nance (personal) had 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 121-105 victory over the Bulls.
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Not on injury report
FCleveland Cavaliers
April 20, 2021
Nance (personal) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's game against the Bulls.
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