Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Toronto Raptors
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hollis-Jefferson just wrapped up his rookie contract with the Nets, and the team ultimately did not extend a qualifying offer to him after a number of injuries led to the 24-year-old appearing in just 59 games for the team last season. As a result, Hollis-Jefferson was unable to match the production from his rock-solid 2017-18 campaign. After averaging 13.9 points and 6.8 rebounds across 28.2 minutes per game the year before, Hollis-Jefferson's numbers dropped last year to 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds while playing just over 20 minutes per contest. Beyond the injuries, Hollis-Jefferson also has the emergence of rookie Rodions Kurucs to thank for his reduced role last year. Now, the versatile forward will get a fresh start in Toronto. Given the current state of the Raptors' frontcourt, Hollis-Jefferson should be able to carve out a solid role off the bench for the defending champs behind rising star Pascal Siakam. While Hollis-Jefferson's offensive game doesn't come relatively close to that of Siakam, as he is just a career 22.3 percent shooter from the outside, he does boast similar versatility on defense, which should be valuable to Toronto's second unit. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Rondae Jaquan Hollis-Jefferson was born in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1995. Raised by his grandfather and mother, Rylanda, Hollis-Jefferson and his brother Rahlir were serious about basketball from an early age. Rahlir currently (Jan. 2020) plays for the G League's Memphis Hustle, and spent his college career at Temple University. Rondae's story is different. He led his Chester High School basketball team to a 91-5 record over his final three years there, winning two state championships and becoming the first player ever to be named the Delaware County player of the year in multiple seasons. As a senior, he averaged 15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.4 blocks per game and was named Pennsylvania's 4A Player of the Year. By the time Hollis-Jefferson finished his high school career and committed to play for Arizona, he'd recorded over 1,000 high school points and a school record 780 career rebounds. Hollis-Jefferson comes back to Chester often to host basketball camps or to watch his high school team play. In late 2019, RHJ announced that he had applied to launch his C.H.A.P. charter school in the fall of 2020. The premise is similar to the I Promise School endowed by LeBron James: it's about opportunity, an investment in young people, in the city. You can follow Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on Twitter @IAmCHAP24 and Instagram @Chap.

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Hollis-Jefferson spent two years (2013-15) playing for the University of Arizona, helping the Wildcats reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament during both seasons. He started six games as a freshman and came off the bench 32 times, averaging 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Those numbers resulted in RHJ making the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore, Hollis-Jefferson improved in nearly every statistical category, averaging 11.2 points and 6.8 boards per game in 38 appearances, 25 of them as a starter. This led to him being named to the All-Pac-12 First-team and the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team in 2015. Hollis-Jefferson was also a finalist for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year award. After his second year of college, Hollis-Jefferson declared himself eligible for the 2015 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 23rd overall pick.

Scores 11 points Friday
FToronto Raptors
August 7, 2020
Hollis-Jefferson ended with 11 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes during Friday's 122-100 loss to the Celtics.
ANALYSIS
Hollis-Jefferson saw some extra run Friday, as the Raptors fell out of contention early. This was merely a garbage-time special for a number the role players. Hollis-Jefferson is not a player you want to be targeting moving forward.
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In his fourth season with the Nets, Hollis-Jefferson suffered injuries to his shoulder, groin, hip, quad and ankle. RHJ missed Brooklyn's first three games of the season in addition to a seven-game span from Jan. 2 to Jan. 14. All told, he ended up playing in 59 games and averaged a career-low 20.9 minutes per night. The former first-round pick averaged 8.9 points on the season while shooting 41.1 percent from the field. Hollis-Jefferson also chipped in on the glass (3.8 rebounds per game) in addition to averaging 1.2 steal-plus-block per game. At 6-foot-7, the University of Arizona product remained an excellent on-ball defender with the versatility to guard multiple positions. His defensive abilities and low turnover rate (1.2 turnovers per game last season) made Hollis-Jefferson a valuable contributor in ways not always seen in the box score. He stepped up as a major contributor in limited playing time in Brooklyn's first-round playoff series against Philadelphia. Over the course of the four-game series, Hollis-Jefferson averaged 13.2 points while playing 15.6 minutes per contest. In the final game of the series, he racked up 21 points while shooting 9-for-13 from the field.

2017

During the 2017-18 season, his third with Brooklyn, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson started in 59 games -- the highest amount of his career. He also increased his average of minutes per contest, going from 21.9 MPG in his first two seasons to 28.2 in 2017-18. And as one might expect, increased floor time led to increased production. Hollis- Jefferson produced career-high game averages of 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.7 blocks per contest. He also shot a career-best 47.2 percent from the field and a career-high 78.8 percent from the free throw line. On Dec. 14, during a loss to the Knicks, RHJ scored a career-high 25 points while snagging four steals and two blocks. On Jan. 8, Hollis-Jefferson collected a career-high 17 rebounds, to go with 14 points and five assists, in a home loss to the Raptors. For the season, Hollis-Jefferson produced 12 double-doubles and 21 games with eight or more rebounds. He scored 20 or more points in 11 contests. During a Jan. 13 loss at Washington, RHJ scored 22 points and dished a career-best seven assists. On Jan. 21 at Detroit, the 6-foot-7 forward scored 21 points and matched a career high with seven assists. But in late January, a right groin strain forced the burly forward to miss 11 straight games. In 2017-18, the Nets would finish at 28-54, an eight-win improvement over the prior season.

2016

After a rookie season in which Hollis-Jefferson was only able to play in 29 games, the Arizona product was relatively healthy during his 2016-17 season. RHJ appeared in 78 games for the Nets, with 50 starts, and averaged a robust 22.6 minutes per contest. The strong forward tallied eight double-doubles, scored in double figures 32 times and collected 10 or more rebounds in 11 games. On Nov. 12 during a win at Phoenix, Hollis-Jefferson posted a career-high 20 points, adding 13 rebounds and four assists. On Mar. 16, the 6-foot-7 forward again scored a career-best-matching 20 points, to go with 10 rebounds, during a road win over the Knicks. On Mar. 23, RHJ grabbed a career-high 16 boards during a home win over the Suns. During that game, Hollis-Jefferson became the first NBA player to grab 16-plus rebounds in fewer than 15 minutes played. On April 8, Hollis-Jefferson had arguably his best game of the season. The Nets defeated the Bulls at home that night and RHJ delivered 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. He also tallied 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and only one turnover in 30 minutes on the court.

2015

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was drafted by Portland in the first round (23rd pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft but then quickly traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn was hungry for young talent and quickly gave RHJ plenty of playing time. On Oct. 28, Opening Night, Hollis-Jefferson made his NBA debut, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds in 24 minutes during a home loss to Chicago. RHJ made his first career start Nov. 6 versus the Lakers and recorded five points with 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of action. On Nov. 14, the rookie corralled a season-best 13 rebounds at Golden State. On Nov. 22, Hollis-Jefferson swiped a career-best five steals during a home win over the Celtics. But in early December, Hollis-Jefferson's rookie season hit a road block. During a team practice, he suffered a fractured right ankle that forced him to miss 50 games. Hollis-Jefferson returned on March 22 and played in ten of the Nets' last 13 games. On April 11, he scored a season-high 14 points in a loss to Washington. The Nets finished at 21-61 and missed the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft. Traded by the Trail Blazers with Steve Blake to the Brooklyn Nets for Pat Connaughton and Mason Plumlee.
  • July 6, 2015
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Brooklyn Nets
  • July 17, 2019
    Signed as a free agent a one-year contract with the Toronto Raptors.
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In what was expected to be his first full season as a starter, Hollis-Jefferson wound up dealing with some injury issues in 2017-18. Most notably, he missed a stretch of 11 games from the end of January through most of February, which resulted in him playing just 68 total games. Still, when healthy, Hollis-Jefferson took another step forward, averaging career highs across the board of 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28.3 minutes per game. He also kept up his steady work on the defensive side of the ball and tallied at least 1.0 steal per game for the third straight year. Just 23 years old, Hollis-Jefferson remains one of the younger pieces who the Nets will continue to develop and build around. The Arizona product is expected to start alongside Jarrett Allen in the frontcourt and should once again push for minutes in the upper 20's. He showed some slight improvements in terms of efficiency last season but still shot a meager 24.1 percent from distance and 78.8 percent from the free-throw line, the former of which must improve if he's to effectively space the floor. Even so, Hollis-Jefferson's contributions across stat sheet, including reliable outputs in the defensive categories, will give him plenty of utility in the bulk of Fantasy leagues, even if he fails to markedly improve as an outside shooter.
After playing in just 29 games his rookie season, Hollis-Jefferson was able to stay healthy for nearly the entire 2016-17 campaign and took part in all but four contests. He was a steady bench piece for the Nets early on in the year, before eventually taking over starting power forward duties from Trevor Booker. In the 50 games he started, Hollis-Jefferson averaged 9.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 24.2 minutes, which was just slightly better than what he produced in a bench role. Still, he showed enough improvement overall to be one of just two players coach Kenny Atkinson confirmed will be in the starting lineup to open the 2017-18 season. That means he's essentially locked in as the team's starting power forward. Brook Lopez, last season's scoring leader, is gone, but the Nets brought in the likes of D'Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll, meaning Hollis-Jefferson may see only minor gains, despite going into his first year as a full-time starter. Expectations can be tempered for the 22-year-old forward, but the Nets appear keen to facilitate in his development and it wouldn't be overly surprising if he improved as the year went on. Hollis-Jefferson isn't the best free-throw shooter at 75.1 percent from the charity stripe and he's not much of a three-point threat -- 22.4% 3PT last season -- so that hinder his chances of making major strides as a scorer.
The No. 23 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft was one of the Nets' few bright spots last season, even if an ankle injury limited him to just 29 games. Hollis-Jefferson moved into the starting lineup just six games into his rookie season on the back of efficient shooting and strong perimeter defense. While Hollis-Jefferson's counting stats were nothing spectacular -- 5.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 21.2 minutes per game -- he shot nearly 46 percent from the floor while recording a team-best 105 defensive rating. Improving as an outside shooter must be a priority as he enters Year 2, but if Hollis-Jefferson sees a significant uptick in minutes -- a strong possibility on a Nets team void of high-end talent -- he projects to provide enough value across multiple categories to be a decent bench option in most fantasy formats.
Hollis-Jefferson was drafted by the Trail Blazers but flipped to the Nets in a draft-night trade. The rookie small forward out of Arizona averaged 11.2 points, 0.2 three-pointers, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 29 minutes per game as a sophomore last season. Hollis-Jefferson is a defense-first player who can do a little bit of everything, but regardless of how many intriguing intangibles he has, there's equal bust potential for him. Most of the fascination with Hollis-Jefferson likely stems from the fact that the Warriors used a similar player in Draymond Green at center in their stretch run to locking up the NBA title last season. Through 10 games at the NBA's summer leagues in Orlando and Las Vegas, Hollis-Jefferson averaged 10.2 points, 0.5 three-pointers, 6.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 28 minutes per game while shooting 37 percent from the field, 24 percent from three, and 59 percent from the line. Though his counting stats (points, three-pointers, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) are nice, his shooting percentages won't cut it in the NBA. Hollis-Jefferson's defense is going to give him a long leash, but if he doesn't improve his shooting over his first couple seasons, he might be limited to being a bench or situational player most of his career. The Nets have Joe Johnson starting at small forward, but there's little else on the roster that should stand in the way of Hollis-Jefferson earning a decent amount of minutes as a rookie. Avoid him in rotisserie leagues that use percentages, but keep an eye on RHJ in head-to-head leagues in case he gets enough minutes to collect the big steal numbers and other across-the-board production he's capable of providing.
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Back in action
FToronto Raptors
Ankle
August 1, 2020
Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) returned to Saturday's game against the Lakers, blake reports.
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Suffers ankle injury
FToronto Raptors
Ankle
August 1, 2020
Hollis-Jefferson exited Saturday's game against the Lakers with an ankle injury, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
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Quiet since break
FToronto Raptors
March 23, 2020
Hollis-Jefferson averaged 5.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in nine games following the All-Star break before the NBA paused play for the coronavirus.
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Coming off bench Tuesday
FToronto Raptors
March 3, 2020
Hollis-Jefferson was bumped to a reserve role minutes before tip-off in Tuesday's game against the Suns, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Starting Friday
FToronto Raptors
February 28, 2020
Hollis-Jefferson will start Friday's game against the Nets, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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