Larry Nance
Larry Nance
26-Year-Old CenterC
Cleveland Cavaliers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $44.8 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in October of 2018.
Hits glass hard in bench role
CCleveland Cavaliers
February 14, 2019
Nance played 33 minutes and finished with eight points (3-12 FG, 2-3 3PT), 14 rebounds, two assists and one block Wednesday in the Cavaliers' 148-139 triple-overtime loss to the Nets.
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Despite riding a six-game double-double streak heading into the contest, Nance was curiously moved to the bench Wednesday in favor of Ante Zizic. The two big men both cleared the 30-minute mark, but poor shooting from the field prevented Nance from extending his double-double streak. Nance has done enough of late to warrant holding in just about every format, but his role could be in flux coming out of the All-Star break with Zizic and Kevin Love healthy again and Tristan Thompson (foot) also potentially returning soon from a long-term absence.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Double-doubles in win
CCleveland Cavaliers
February 11, 2019
Nance registered 15 points (5-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal across 34 minutes Monday against the Knicks.
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Fifth straight double-double
CCleveland Cavaliers
February 9, 2019
Nance scored 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 39 minutes during Saturday's 105-90 loss to the Pacers.
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Another double-double in loss
CCleveland Cavaliers
February 8, 2019
Nance scored 10 points (3-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 19 rebounds, six assists and three steals in 33 minutes during Friday's 119-106 loss to the Wizards.
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Joins starting five next to Love
CCleveland Cavaliers
February 8, 2019
Nance will start alongside Kevin Love (toe) for Friday's matchup against the Wizards, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
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Double-doubles again Tuesday
CCleveland Cavaliers
February 5, 2019
Nance recorded 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 12 rebounds and two assists across 29 minutes in Tuesday's 103-96 loss to the Celtics.
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