Richaun Holmes
Richaun Holmes
27-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

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).

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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.

Agrees to deal with Kings
CSacramento Kings
August 2, 2021
Holmes agreed to terms on a four-year, $55 million contract with Sacramento on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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The Kings were quick to lock up their starting center following the best season of his young career. He averaged 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks over 61 contests, all career highs for Holmes.
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2020

The 2020-21 season with the Kings was a career year for Holmes. He started a career-high 61 games and played a career-high 29.2 minutes per contest. Other career highs included his points per game (14.2), rebounds (8.3), assists (1.7) and blocks (1.6). He also shot 63.7 percent from the field -- second-best in the NBA -- and a career-high 79.4 percent from the charity stripe. He made his way onto the NBA leaderboards as well. Holmes ranked eighth in blocks (96) and sixth in offensive rating (129.9). On Jan. 11 in a win over the Pacers, Holmes blocked a career-high six shots. Against the Trail Blazers on Jan. 13, the center handed out a career-high six assists. On Feb. 26 in a win over the Pistons, he grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds. In a win over the Celtics on March 19, Holmes scored a season-high 25 points. That was arguably his best performance of the year, as he also contributed 25 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 10-12 FT), three blocks, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

2019

Holmes started a career-high 38 games during the shortened 2019-20 season -- five of which occurred late in the year in the Orlando bubble. For the first time in his career, Holmes averaged double figures in scoring (12.3 points per game) and posted career-high averages in both rebounds (8.1), blocks (1.3) and steals (0.9). He also raised his efficiency dramatically, shooting 64.8 percent from the field (a full four points better than his previous best) and 78.8 percent from the line (up more than five points from his old high). The big man led the Kings in double-doubles before the All-Star break with 13. Holmes scored at least 20 points seven times. On Oct. 28, Holmes recorded his first double-double of the season via 24 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks at home versus the Nuggets. On Dec. 26 against Minnesota, Holmes delivered 20 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a one-point home loss to the Timberwolves. The 2015 second-round pick missed 25 games in January, February and March due to a shoulder injury. He returned Mar. 7 for a win against Portland, generating 10 points, eight rebounds and a block in 19 minutes of run. After the injury, Holmes was able to appear in two games before the NBA season was suspended on Mar. 11. He later appeared in seven games (five starts) in the Orlando bubble, averaging 7.9 points and 6.3 rebounds.

2018

Holmes spent his 2018-19 season with Phoenix following an offseason trade from Philadelphia. The fourth-year player made a career-high 70 appearances for the Suns, averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. He scored his 1,500th career point on Jan. 15 against the Indiana Pacers. He also set new single-season career highs with 572 points, 331 rebounds and 79 blocks. Holmes scored in double-digits in four consecutive games in three different stretches during the season. He scored a season-high 19 points in a 123-119 overtime loss to the Clippers, where he also grabbed seven boards. He recorded four double-doubles on the season: 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Brooklyn on Nov. 6, 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Sacramento on Dec. 4, 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 27, and 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Houston on March 15. He improved his free throw shooting to a career-best 73.1 percent, raising his career average to 70.6. Homes continued to show growth, as both his playing time and minutes played averages increased after the All-Star Break.

2017

Holmes played a reserve role over 48 games with Philadelphia, averaging 15.5 minutes per contest and picking up two starts. His season got off to a delayed start due to a fractured wrist he suffered in the preseason. Holmes made his debut on Nov. 3, scoring 6 points across 10 minutes against Indiana. The 24-year-old wasn't heavily used on the offensive end, as he averaged 5.0 shots per game, but he did shoot an effective 56.0 percent from the field. That translated to 6.5 points per game, and Holmes scored in double figures 14 times. He also recorded 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest. A bout with gastroenteritis cost Holmes four games in January. Holmes scored a season-high 19 points in a win over Milwaukee on April 11, knocking down 8-of-11 from the field. He had another highly efficient outing on Dec. 12 against Minnesota, finishing with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and also grabbing a season-high 11 rebounds. It was the only double-double of the year for the Bowling Green product. Holmes just missed out on two other double-doubles, as he twice scored in double figures and finished with nine rebounds. The 76ers ended the season with a mark of 52-30 and eliminated the Heat in the first round before losing to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Holmes saw his first career playoff action and played briefly in three of Philly's 10 post-season contests.

2016

Holmes saw significantly more playing time during the 2016-17 season, his second in The Association. The Philadelphia frontcourt reserve appeared in 57 games, with 17 starts, and increased his minutes per game from 13.8 last season to 20.9 in 2016-17. On Nov. 25, Holmes generated 13 points, five boards and three blocks in a loss to Chicago. In mid-December, Holmes was diagnosed with a concussion from an injury suffered in practice and missed 15 straight NBA games. During part of that absence, Holmes played six games with the G League Delaware 87ers and averaged 12.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per G League contest. On Feb. 24, Holmes blocked a career-high five shots while double-doubling via 12 points and 10 rebounds in a win over the Wizards. Holmes registered five double-doubles for the season. An early-March injury to Jahil Okafor (knee) opened the door for Holmes to see more playing time through the end of the season. He started 13 of Philly's last 15 games and averaged 14.3 points and 7.5 boards over 29.4 minutes per game during that span. On March 11, Holmes came off the bench and scored a career-high 24 points, plus grabbed nine rebounds, in a road loss to the Clippers. Nine days later, Holmes started and double-doubled with a career-best-tying 24 points with a career-high 14 rebounds during a close loss at Orlando. On Mar. 29, Holmes scored a new career-high 25 points and grabbed eight boards in a seven-point loss to the Hawks.

2015

Richaun Holmes was drafted in the second round (37th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-10 rookie played in 51 games with one start and averaged 13.8 minutes per game. Holmes made his NBA debut on Opening Night, Oct. 28, with two points, three rebounds and one block during a loss at Boston. He registered his first NBA start on Nov. 9 and generated 11 points, three rebounds, one assists and two blocks in a home loss to the Bulls. However, a hamstring injury forced Holmes to miss 10 of Philly's next 12 games. On Dec. 28, the rookie scored a season-high 18 points, to go with three boards and three blocks, during a loss at Utah. On Feb. 10, the Bowling Green product blocked a season-best four shots in a loss to the Kings. On March 4, Holmes grabbed a season-high eight rebounds during a home loss to the Heat. The frontcourt reserve ended the season with per-game averages of 5.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocked shots.

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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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Remains out Sunday
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May 14, 2021
Holmes (knee) won't play in Sunday's game against Utah, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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Out Friday
CSacramento Kings
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May 14, 2021
Holmes (knee) is out Friday against the Grizzlies.
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Won't return Thursday
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May 13, 2021
Holmes (knee) will not return to Thursday's game against the Grizzlies, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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Efficient in win
CSacramento Kings
May 10, 2021
Holmes recorded 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes during Sunday's 126-98 win over the Thunder.
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Scores 22 in victory
CSacramento Kings
April 30, 2021
Holmes totaled 22 points (9-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot over 31 minutes in Friday's 110-106 victory over the Lakers.
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