Richaun Holmes

Richaun Holmes

28-Year-Old CenterC
Sacramento Kings
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After Holmes posted his best season of his career, Sacramento locked down the rising star with a four-year, $55 million contract. The 2015 second-round pick posted 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game -- all career-highs. The 37-year-old shot 63.7 percent from the field and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line, finishing 48th overall in fantasy scoring -- his first time cracking the top 100. During the 2019-20 campaign, he only played in 44 games and finished 47th in fantasy scoring on a per-game basis. In 61 games last season, he maintained that solid production, finishing 56th on a per-game basis. The Kings currently have both Tristan Thompson and Alex Len on their roster to serve as backups, and while Thompson is likely to be moved before the start of the season, neither serve as a threat to Holmes' starting spot. If Sacramento elects to keep Thompson, it is likely they would make a concerted effort to play Holmes at the power forward spot, something he did regularly when Marvin Bagley was injured over the past two seasons. With De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton running and spacing the floor, the Kings have the making of a prolific offensive squad. As a key contributor, Holmes should once again be a potent fantasy threat all season long. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Kings in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Richaun Diante Holmes was born in 1993 in Lockport, Illinois, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. He is the son of Richard Sr. and Lydecia Holmes. His parents are both Doctors of Divinity who run a church in Chicago. He has three brothers and attended and played basketball at Lockport Township High School. During his high school days, he grew from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-9. Holmes then played collegiate ball for one season at Moraine Valley Community College before transferring to Bowling Green State University. At Bowling Green, Holmes majored in liberal studies. As a pro, Holmes annually hosts a two-day basketball camp in his hometown at his old high school, Lockport Township, for boys and girls ages 7-18. The goal is to "develop fundamentally strong athletes by teaching solid training methods through professional, knowledgeable and positive coaching, while implementing the importance of good character and moral values." Fans can follow the big man on Twitter and Instagram (@Rich_Holmes22). Richaun Holmes played one season (2011-12) of collegiate ball at Moraine Valley Community College, before transferring to Bowling Green State University. Holmes then spent three years at Bowling Green. During is first season with the Falcons, Holmes was a frontcourt reserve. He appeared in 32 games, with two starts, and averaged 6.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over 18.8 minutes per contest. Holmes shifted into the starting lineup as a junior in 2013-14 and increased his production to 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks over 32 minutes per game. The big forward continued to blossom as a senior in 2014-15. He generated 14.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 0.6 three-pointers over 28.8 minutes per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the field. His shooting accuracy was ranked first in the MAC. The Lockport, Illinois native was named to the 2014-15 All Mid-American Conference first team. Holmes also finished 19th in the nation in blocked shots per game. He ended his days with the Falcons as the only player in Bowling Green State University men's basketball history to register 1,000 career points, 600 career rebounds and 200 career blocks.

Gets light minutes in return
CSacramento Kings
January 16, 2022
Holmes (COVID-19 protocols) totaled four points (2-2 FG) and one steal across 15 minutes Sunday in the Kings' 118-112 loss to the Rockets.
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Holmes was back in action for the first time since Dec. 31 following a prolonged spell in the health and safety protocols. The Kings evidently weren't confident that Holmes was fully conditioned, as his 15 minutes was 10 below his season average heading into the day. Holmes should gradually pick up more playing time as he ramps up, making him a decent buy-low candidate in what's been a somewhat slow start to the season.
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Holmes found himself in an expanded role in Sacramento, seeing more playing time than expected given Marvin Bagley missing nearly the entire season due to injury. He reached career marks essentially across the board, averaging 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 assists and 0.9 steals in 28.2 minutes. He was also extremely efficient, shooting 64.8 percent from the field and 78.8 percent from the free-throw line. That was good enough for Holmes to rank a shocking 47th in fantasy on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. The 27-year-old big man remains under contract with the Kings for the 2020-21 season, where he could see a similar role if the organization opts to play Marvin Bagley mainly at power forward. Given how successful Holmes was, it would be surprising if he didn't see at least sixth-man minutes in the frontcourt, even with the team adding Hassan Whiteside. Most fantasy managers won't be bold enough to draft Holmes in the fifth round, but he certainly could end up being a steal for managers aware of how well his stats translate to fantasy.
Holmes cut the three-point shot out of his diet and enjoyed the most efficient season of his career in 2018-19, posting career-high percentages from the field (60.8) and the charity stripe (73.1). Moreover, he swatted a career-best 1.1 blocks per game in a career-high 70 appearances while averaging 8.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.6 steals across 16.9 minutes. Holmes held down the primary backup center role for the Suns last season, but he'll face more competition for minutes with the Kings in 2019-20. Fellow free-agent addition Dewayne Dedmon is likely to start alongside sophomore power forward Marvin Bagley in the frontcourt, while the 21-year-old Harry Giles is coming off an encouraging rookie campaign. As such, Holmes may have a hard time equaling his statistical production from last season. That said, Giles has had his fair share of injuries over the years, so Holmes is worth keeping an eye on even if he begins the season as the third center on the depth chart.
Holmes spent his first three seasons with Philadelphia and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he averaged 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 15.5 minutes. He had grown unsatisfied with his role with the 76ers and wound up being traded to the Suns this offseason. Despite the change in scenery, Holmes isn't expected to find a more prominent workload in Phoenix. The organization drafted Deandre Ayton with the top overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and also bring back Tyson Chandler, so Holmes will be the third string center at best. As a result, he can be avoided in Fantasy leagues and is likely only a DFS option if injuries to Ayton and/or Chandler allow him to pick up a spot start.
Holmes, an early second-round pick in the 2015 draft, had a quiet rookie season. He averaged 13.8 minutes across only 51 games, dogged by hamstring, ankle, and Achilles injuries. Nonetheless, he entered camp before his sophomore season with some minor excitement, with team management going out of their way to include him in media conversations about their log-jam at center – at the time, the roster also featured three top-seven draft picks who played the position. Despite the significant depth at the position, Holmes maintained an average of at least 15.0 minutes per game every month before the All-Star break, though he did accrue several missed games in December, January, and February. As the season wore on, that depth ahead of him shortened, first when Joel Embiid suffered a season-ending knee injury, and then when Nerlens Noel was traded at the deadline. Holmes finally exploded in late March when Jahlil Okafor’s season also ended due to injury. Over the last 11 games of the season, when Holmes was starting, he averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 0.9 threes in 30.4 minutes per game. Holmes enters his third season as the projected backup, ahead of Okafor, and behind only Embiid. That position carries major Fantasy potential, given Embiid’s injury history.
Holmes, the 37th overall pick in last year’s draft, overcame hamstring, ankle and Achilles injuries to log 51 appearances in his first season with the Sixers. Playing a limited role off the bench behind frontcourt starters Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor and top reserve Jerami Grant, Holmes logged 51 appearances, averaging 5.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 13.8 minutes per game. Sixers coach Brett Brown is high on the 22-year-old’s potential -- particularly as an offensive rebounder -- but it will be difficult for Holmes to find playing time in 2016-17 in a chock-full frontcourt. In addition to the names mentioned above, Holmes will now have to contend with another trio of lottery picks (Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid) for minutes, which makes it unlikely that he’ll be a regular member of the rotation. If that’s the case, Holmes could head to the D-League for extended periods throughout the season.
Selected 37th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the 76ers, Holmes fractured his right elbow at summer league but did not require surgery. He signed a multi-year deal with the 76ers a few weeks later and is expected to be healthy by training camp. During his third year at Bowling Green, Holmes averaged 14.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 three-pointers in 29 minutes per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free-throw line. His defensive prowess earned him the MAC Defensive Player of the Year Award. Before the elbow injury ended his summer league, Holmes provided 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 1.0 block, and 1.0 three-pointer in 17 minutes per game over three contests. The 21-year-old forward, sporting a 7-foot-2 wingspan, is yet another athletic wing the Sixers can utilize on defense for his innate ability to protect the rim. Holmes also boasts a deceptive three-point shot, converting 35 percent during his three years at Bowling Green. He still could use some offensive refinement on the low block, and with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor slated to consume most of the power forward and center minutes, Holmes may find it difficult to play extended minutes off the bench.
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Will start Sunday's game
CSacramento Kings
January 16, 2022
Holmes (conditioning) is available and will start Sunday's contest against the Rockets, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.
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Questionable again
CSacramento Kings
Covid-19
January 15, 2022
Holmes (conditioning) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rockets, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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Remains out Friday
CSacramento Kings
Covid-19
January 14, 2022
Holmes (conditioning) has ben ruled out for Friday's game against the Rockets, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.
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Officially questionable Friday
CSacramento Kings
Covid-19
January 13, 2022
Holmes (conditioning) is questionable for Friday's game against the Rockets.
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Still considered day-to-day
CSacramento Kings
Covid-19
January 13, 2022
Holmes (conditioning) participated in practice Thursday but remains day-to-day, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.
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