Norman Powell

Norman Powell

28-Year-Old GuardG
Portland Trail Blazers
Out
Injury Quadriceps
Est. Return 11/30/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A mid-season trade sent Powell from Toronto to Portland, but that did not stop the UCLA product from having the best fantasy season of his career. Across 69 total games (the final 27 came with Portland), Powell averaged a career-high 18.6 points to go with 2.5 three-pointers (also a career best), 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals. One of the most reliable players in fantasy over the last two seasons, Powell should again be set for a productive 2021-22 campaign. He'll open the season as the unquestioned starter at small forward, where he'll have a chance to approach 35 minutes per game (he averaged 34.4 MPG post-trade last season). The 28-year-old, who signed a lucrative extension in the offseason, can be counted upon for scoring, three-pointers and steals production. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Trail Blazers in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Norman W.C. Powell is the son of Norman Sr. and Sharon Powell and has two older sisters. He was born in San Diego, California in 1993, where he played high school ball at Lincoln High. He led the school to consecutive California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section 2A championships in 2009 and 2010. The team also captured the 2010 CIF Division II Boys' State Championship. Powell was twice named to the First Team All-State squad and also won the Western League MVP award twice. Powell then attended UCLA, where he earned a degree in history. He hosts an annual summer youth basketball camp back in his hometown of San Diego. Fans can follow Powell on Twitter (@npowell2404) and Instagram (@normanpowell4). From 2011 to 2015, Norman Powell attended UCLA and led the team to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances. As a true freshman, Powell played 18 minutes a game and averaged 4.6 points and 0.8 made threes per contest. His playing time gradually increased in each of his next three seasons. He earned nine starts as a sophomore but wasn't a focal point of the offense, forcing Powell to consider a possible transfer to his hometown university of San Diego State. However, a coaching change convinced Powell to stay at UCLA. He then started all 37 games for the Bruins during his junior (2013-14) season, when he averaged 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in almost 26 minutes per game. Powell's staunch defense helped the Bruins make it to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 that season. As a senior, Powell averaged a team-high 16.4 points (sixth in the Pac-12), 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals in nearly 35 minutes per contest across 36 games (all starts). Powell also averaged a team-high 17.0 points in five Pac-12 and NCAA Tournament games. With Powell's help, the Bruins again made it to the Sweet 16. At the season's end, Powell was named to the First Team All-Pac-12 squad. Powell was selected with the 46th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Ruled out Monday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Quadriceps
November 28, 2021
Powell has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Jazz due to a right quadriceps contusion, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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Powell had scored in double figures in each of his last seven appearances, and he averaged 16.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per game during that time. Nassir Little and Tony Snell should take on increased roles against the Jazz.
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Coming off a breakout season that included several big-time performances in the playoffs, Powell's arrow is pointing up as we enter the 2020-21 campaign. He nearly doubled his previous career high in points per game to 16.0 despite coming off the bench for half of his 52 regular-season appearances, and fantasy managers certainly enjoyed Powell's sharp shooting numbers (a 49.5 field-goal percentage, 39.9 percent from long range and 84.3 percent from the line) as well as his 1.2 steals per game. Despite missing a couple long stretches with shoulder and finger injuries, Powell established himself as a vital player for the Raptors. With both Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol departing in free agency, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby may have to spend more time at power forward. That would open up more opportunities for Powell to see action, so an uptick in minutes and usage could be on the horizon in 2020-21. This is a great chance for Powell to crack the top 100 in fantasy.
Powell finished his fourth NBA season notching career highs in points (8.6), rebounds (2.3), assists (1.5), threes (1.1) and field goal percentage (48.6). He also played a career-high 18.8 minutes per contest, appearing in 60 games. Powell was good from the foul line (82.7 percent) and from deep (40.0 percent), though the increased efficiency doesn't move the needle much on his overall fantasy value. He's the preseason favorite to be the starter at shooting guard in 2019-20, but that role is far from secure as he'll compete with Fred VanVleet for it. VanVleet had a career year in 2018-19, capped off by a strong showing in the Finals. He averaged 24.6 minutes in the playoffs compared to 15.9 minutes for Powell, and VanVleet's 27.5 minutes per game in the regular season were significantly more than Powell's 18.8. Powell has yet to show consistency on either end of the floor and has not played 20 minutes a game in his career. The absence of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green should free up opportunities for him, but Powell will be a player to avoid outside of deep leagues this season.
Powell was a minor reserve on the wing for much of the 2017-18 season and averaged just 15.2 minutes, which was down from 18.0 a year prior. That translated to 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, while shooting 40.1 percent from the field and a brutal 28.5 percent from deep. Powell was essentially safe to avoid for Fantasy purposes and that shouldn't change heading into the upcoming campaign. The Raptors dealt DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs in a trade that brought both Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green Toronto. That's two more talented bodies on the wing that will be well ahead of Powell. In addition, C.J. Miles, Delon Wright and OG Anunoby are all expected to see time at either shooting guard or small forward, which leaves only a handful of minutes for 25-year-old. Despite the role, Powell was extended a four-year, $42 million contract last offseason, so he'll be getting paid much more than his workload might suggest.
Powell found himself being integrated into the rotation more and more in his second NBA season, playing in a career-high 76 games, while averaging 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 18.0 minutes. Those marked improvements across the board for the 24-year-old wing, although he did shoot just 32.4 percent from the three-point line, which was a significant decrease from the 40.4 percent he shot during his rookie campaign. While he spent the majority of his time on the floor backing up DeMar DeRozan at shooting guard, the ineffective play of DeMarre Carroll prompted the Raptors to experiment more with Powell at small forward. He was solid overall following the switch and had somewhat of a coming out party in the playoffs, averaging 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.7 three-pointers across 25.3 minutes in nine games against the Bucks and Cavaliers. His strong play allowed the Raptors to part ways with Carroll in the offseason, as he was dealt to the Nets in what was essentially a salary dump. However, Toronto did opt to bring in C.J. Miles on a three-year, $25 million contract, which still complicates Powell's role a bit. The two are expected to battle for rights to the starting small forward role during training camp, meaning the results of that competition are going to have a large impact on Powell's potential as a Fantasy prospect. Still, whether he's given a spot in the top unit or not, Powell's youth and impressive play in the 2016-17 playoffs should mean a decent bump in minutes from the 18.0 he averaged as a sophomore.
After playing four years at UCLA, Powell was drafted by the Raptors with the 46th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6-4, 22-year-old shooting guard showed how important experience can be in a transition to the NBA by his strong play at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he was the only rookie player to earn First Team honors, averaging 18.2 points, 1.0 three-pointer, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 26 minutes per game while shooting 51 percent from the field, 44 percent from three, and 71 percent from the line. The Raptors have Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Cory Joseph, and Terrence Ross in line to get most of the backcourt minutes, but Ross has struggled to put everything together despite having a lot of opportunities over the last two seasons, and that could open the door for Powell to have a meaningful backup role in his rookie season. Don't count on him to be of use in most standard leagues, but Powell could be an interesting stash in dynasty formats that have non-active spots to stash players in.
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Scores 15 in loss
GPortland Trail Blazers
November 27, 2021
Powell contributed 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and two assists over 26 minutes during Friday's 118-103 loss to the Warriors.
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Will play Wednesday
GPortland Trail Blazers
November 17, 2021
Powell (ankle) will play in Wednesday's matchup with the Bulls, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
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Questionable to face Chicago
GPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
November 16, 2021
Powell is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bulls due to a left ankle sprain, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports.
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Available Friday
GPortland Trail Blazers
November 12, 2021
Powell (quadriceps) is available for Friday's game against the Rockets, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports.
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Questionable against Rockets
GPortland Trail Blazers
Quadriceps
November 11, 2021
Powell is questionable at Houston on Friday because of a quadricep injury, according to Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site.
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