Norman Powell
Norman Powell
28-Year-Old GuardG
Portland Trail Blazers
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
$Declined $11.6 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent.
Personal Bio

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).

College/International Summary

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.

Staying in Portland
GPortland Trail Blazers
August 2, 2021
Powell has agreed to terms on a five-year, $90 million contract with the Blazers on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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The former-Raptor declined his $11.6 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent, and Portland re-signed the 28-year-old to a fully-guaranteed deal -- something that was an offseason priority for the franchise. Between his time with the Raptors and Blazers, the six-year veteran averaged a career-high 18.5 points per game during the 2020-21 season. Regardless of what happens with Damian Lillard, Powell appears to be the Blazers' small forward of the future.
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2020

Since locking up the starting small-forward role in Toronto in late January, Powell has averaged 23.1 points on 52.6 percent shooting, 3.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3.1 triples and 1.4 steals. The 27-year-old is shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, which is a career best shooting mark. He's hit the 30-point mark three times so far this season, with all of those games coming in the last two weeks prior to the All-Star break. His season high of 36 points came shortly before the All-Star break on March 3, when he went 14-of-20 from the field across 38 minutes in a blowout loss to Detroit.

2019

Powell emerged in a major way in his fifth NBA campaign, setting a host of personal bests during the 2019-20 season. He started a career-high 26 times among 52 appearances for the Raptors, with a much-increased offensive role leading to 16.0 points per game -- nearly double his previous career high. His averages of 28.4 minutes, 2.1 threes, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals were all career highs as well. After shifting into the starting lineup for a stretch early in the season, Powell delivered 33 points -- then a career high -- on 12-of-18 shooting (including five threes) Nov. 29 against Orlando. He missed some time with a shoulder issue in late December and early January, but returned on fire, scoring 20-plus points in his first five games back despite starting just once in that stretch. A broken finger then cost him almost all of February, but Powell again returned with a vengeance, going on his hottest streak of the year immediately upon returning. Over a five-game stretch from Feb. 28 to Mar. 8, Powell averaged 28.0 points on 52.7 percent shooting along with 2.8 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals. That included setting a new career high with 37 points on 13-of-21 shooting in a Mar. 5 win over Golden State, then another 31 points three days later against Sacramento. For his efforts, Powell was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Mar. 9. Despite coming off the bench for the entirety of Toronto's 11-game playoff run, Powell still averaged 13.4 points while shooting a remarkable 42.3 percent from long range. In the decisive Game 4 of the first round against Brooklyn, he set a personal playoff best with 29 points.

2018

A versatile reserve guard out of UCLA, Powell enjoyed his best statistical season in 2018-19. He posted career-high marks across the board (8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 threes, 48.3 field-goal percentage) while playing just 18.8 minutes per game. A dislocated shoulder cost Powell 21 games from Nov. 7 to Dec. 16, but the 2015 second-round draft pick returned better than ever. He scored in double figures in 11 of his next 18 contests. Among those performances was a 23-point explosion against Indiana on Jan. 6. While his regular-season performance was solid, the highlight of Powell's season was Games 2-4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Milwaukee. In those three contests -- all Toronto victories -- Powell's playing time jumped to 29 minutes per night. Embracing the larger role, Powell posted per-game averages of 17.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists during the three-game span. He was a key reason the Raptors were able to dispatch the favored Bucks in six games. Powell's under-the-radar contributions were a major factor in Toronto's journey to their first-ever NBA Championship.

2017

Powell appeared in 70 games for the Toronto Raptors during the 2017-2018 campaign. He started 18 of those contests. In his third year with the franchise, Powell averaged 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.8 three pointers and a career-high 1.3 assists per contest. He scored in double figures on 16 occasions during the regular season. Powell also shot a career-best 82.1-percent from the foul line. The 6-foot-4 wing collected a season-high 19 points on Nov. 5 during a home loss to Washington. Powell flashed his versatility on both ends of the floor, accumulating three steals on three separate occasions. He also swatted two shots in three distinct contests. Powell appeared in six playoff games for the Raptors. He averaged 1.3 points in 6.7 minutes per contest of playoff action. His Raptors ended the season by losing to the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs.

2016

During the 2016-17 season, Powell was a regular rotation player for the Toronto Raptors. The second-round pick appeared in 76 games for the Raptors during his sophomore NBA season, starting in 18 of those contests. The defensive stalwart improved in most statistical categories, delivering per game averages of 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 made threes over 18 minutes per contest. His field-goal percentage also increased from 42.4 percent as a rookie to 44.9 percent during his second season. On Dec. 20, Powell delivered 21 points and a career-high five steals during a home win over the Nets. On Jan. 25, the 6-foot-4 wing posted 21 points, five rebounds and two three-pointers during a loss at Memphis. Just as he did last season, Powell scored a season-high on the last game of the regular season. On Apr. 12, Powell started and produced 25 points in a win over Cleveland. Powell's Raptors would defeat Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs, but lose to Cleveland in the second round. Powell appeared in nine of Toronto's 10 playoff games. He averaged 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals over 25.2 minutes played during those nine postseason appearances.

2015

Norman Powell was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round (46th overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft. He was then immediately traded to the Toronto Raptors. During his rookie season with Toronto, Powell appeared in 49 games with 24 starts. The 6-foot-4 win made his NBA debut on Nov. 1, playing two-plus minutes during a home win over the Bucks although he didn't record a single stat in that contest. In mid-December, Powell joined the D-League Raptors 905 in order to boost his minutes. Through eight D-League games in December, January and March, Powell posted per-game averages of 24.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.1 steals. By February, Powell became a regular with the parent club Raptors. Injuries to Terrence Ross and DeMarre Carroll led to Powell starting four straight games in February and 20 of Toronto's last 22 games. At the NBA level, Powell would end the season with averages of 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.7 made threes over 15 minutes per contest. The Raptors would go on to beat the Pacers and Heat in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but lose to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals. Powell played in 18 of Toronto's 20 playoff games, averaging 3.8 points per postseason contest.

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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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Declines player option
GPortland Trail Blazers
July 20, 2021
Powell is declining his $11.6 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Scores 17 in playoff exit
GPortland Trail Blazers
June 4, 2021
Powell notched 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a steal across 32 minutes in Thursday's loss against the Nuggets.
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Scores game-high 29 points
GPortland Trail Blazers
May 30, 2021
Powell delivered 29 points (11-15 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal across 34 minutes in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.
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Resumes larger role at wing
GPortland Trail Blazers
May 25, 2021
Powell recorded 15 points (5-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and two blocked shots across 25 minutes in Monday's 128-109 loss to the Nuggets.
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Inefficient night
GPortland Trail Blazers
May 13, 2021
Powell tallied seven points (3-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt), four rebounds, one steal and one block in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 105-98 win over the Jazz.
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