Marquese Chriss
Marquese Chriss
23-Year-Old CenterC
 Free Agent    
Free Agent
OFS
Injury Lower Leg
Est. Return 9/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After a 2018-19 season spent with Cleveland and Houston, Chriss found a home in Golden State, where he played the entire 2019-20 campaign. As the primary starting center for a depleted Warriors squad, Chriss enjoyed the most productive season of his four-year career. He averaged 9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 blocks - all career highs. He posted these numbers while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line - also career highs. Chriss logged 20.3 minutes per contest, though it will be difficult for him to find that kind of playing time in 2020-21. Golden State drafted Memphis center James Wiseman with the second pick in this year's draft, and the move likely signals the team's desire to move away from a small-ball approach and shift to a more traditional big man. At 7'1, Wiseman provides the Warriors much more length and size than the 6'9 Chriss, and the rookie figures to be an immediate starter. Chriss will likely split time with Kevon Looney behind Wiseman and should only be drafted in deeper leagues this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.48 million contract with the Warriors in February of 2020. Traded to the Spurs in March of 2021. Released by the Spurs in March of 2021.
Personal Bio

Marquese De'Shawn Chriss was born in Sacramento, California, to Shawntae and Michael Wright. He is the fourth oldest among nine siblings. Prior to attending high school, Chriss played both basketball and football. However, he broke his collarbone during a football game in eighth grade and focused on basketball thereafter. Chriss attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, California. He was nearly cut from the school's basketball team as a freshman but managed to make the squad based on his energy and effort. A year later, he started for the varsity team and led the school to a 28-6 record and a state championship. As a senior in 2014-15, Chriss averaged 21.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. Learn more by following him on Twitter and Instagram (@quese).

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Chriss showed plenty of potential in his lone season at Washington, but the 6-foot-9 forward committed an almost unfathomable number of fouls. He put up 29 points and 10 rebounds in his second game, a win over Mount St. Mary's, which was the first of his six double-doubles. The forward's productivity was curbed by his excessive aggressiveness. He fouled out of 15 games, including five straight conference games. Despite the foul issues, Chriss provided 13.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He helped the Huskies win a first-round NIT game with 27 points and 11 rebounds against Long Beach State but fouled out of the next game against San Diego State after scoring 19 points in 21 minutes. That would be his last game with Washington, as he declared for the 2016 NBA Draft shortly thereafter. He was selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft with the eighth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings

Released by San Antonio
CFree Agent
Out For Season
March 28, 2021
The Spurs waived Chriss (lower leg) on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The 23-year-old was acquired from the Warriors ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, but he'll be cut loose to free up a roster spot for Gorgui Dieng. Chriss is slated to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery in December to repair a fractured right fibula.
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2019

Chriss appeared in 59 games with the Warriors during 2019-20. He averaged 9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 combined blocks-plus-steals. The forward shot 54.5 percent from the field, 20.5 percent from three on 0.7 attempts per game and 76.9 percent on free throws. Chriss set a single-game career high of eight assists Mar. 7 against the 76ers. At other points in the campaign, the 6-foot-9 pro set single-game season highs of 26 points, 13 rebounds, four steals, four blocks and one three-pointer. Chriss also had nine double-doubles. During a seven-game stretch from Nov. 17 through Nov. 29, Chriss scored in double-digits in six games and averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals in 22.3 minutes. His best stretch of the season was during the team's final 20 games before the hiatus. During those contests, the former Washington product averaged 13.4 points on 61.2 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 combined blocks-plus-steals across 25.7 minutes. That stretch also included both of Chriss' 20-point efforts. Golden State was not one of the 22 teams to participate in the resumed season in Orlando.

2018

Chriss appeared in 16 games with the Houston Rockets to begin the 2018-2019 campaign. He averaged 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds over 6.5 minutes per game with Houston. The forward's best game with the Rockets was on Nov. 30 at San Antonio, during which he tallied five points, three rebounds and one assist in a 136-105 win over the Spurs. In early February, Chriss was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three team deal that also involved the Kings. Chriss saw more playing time with Cleveland, averaging 15 minutes per game. He played in 27 contests for Cleveland, including two starts. For the month of February, Chriss averaged 8.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 made threes, a nice improvement relative to his time with Houston. Overall, he managed 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds with the Cavs. He poured in a season-high 23 points in a triple overtime thriller versus the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 13. On Mar. 18, Chriss posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Detroit. He grabbed at least five rebounds in 12 of his 27 games with the Cavaliers.

2017

Chriss appeared in 72 games with the Phoenix Suns during his second season in the NBA. He started 49 of those contests. Chriss averaged 7.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Chriss set career highs in rebounding and assists on the year and collected five double-doubles on the season. The University of Washington product scored in double figures on 25 occasions and registered a season-high 23 points on Apr. 6 against New Orleans. The 6-foot-9 forward swatted at least three shots in eight different games. He tied a career high with five rejections on Nov. 11 against Minnesota. Chriss also set a career high with five steals at Denver on Nov. 3.

2016

Chriss was selected by the Kings with the eighth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and was traded the same day to Phoenix. Chriss played a key role for the Suns in his rookie campaign, playing in all 82 games and making 75 starts. In 21.3 minutes per contest, he averaged 9.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks. Chriss shot 44.9 percent from the field and made 62.4 percent of his free throws during his rookie campaign. He registered three double-doubles during the season, including a 19-point, 13-rebound performance against Portland on April 1. He scored a career-high 27 points against Milwaukee on Feb. 4, adding six rebounds and two blocked shots. Chriss was chosen to compete in the Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star break. He scored seven points and grabbed two boards for Team USA in the February contest. In recognition of his strong debut campaign, Chriss was selected to the All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a two-year rookie contract with the Phoenix Suns.
  • August 31, 2018
    Traded by the Phoenix Suns with Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton.
  • February 7, 2019
    As part of a three-team trade, traded by the Houston Rockets with Brandon Knight and draft picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Wade Baldwin, Nik Stauskas and a 2021 2nd-round draft pick.
  • September 30, 2019
    Signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • January 7, 2020
    Waived by the Golden State Warriors.
  • January 14, 2020
    Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • February 7, 2020
    Signed a rest-of-season contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • March 25, 2021
    Traded to the Spurs in exchange for Cady Lalanne in March of 2021.
  • March 28, 2021
    Released by the Spurs.
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Signed a one-year contract with the Warriors in September of 2019.
After being a full-time starter for the bulk of his rookie season, Chriss was in and out of the top unit during his second year. He wound up running with the starters in just 49 of 72 games, while keeping a fairly similar workload at 21.2 minutes. Chriss posted averages of 7.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 block, while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. Those numbers kept his Fantasy value limited to deeper leagues and that shouldn't change much going into his third season. The Suns added center Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and are also expected to go with some small-ball lineups that feature guys like Trevor Ariza and T.J. Warren at the power forward position. As a result, Chriss should struggle to match his workload from a year prior and will once again struggle to remain relevant in Fantasy leagues. In addition to the potential loss of playing time, Chriss also shot just 60.8 percent from the free-throw line last year and only 29.5 percent from deep.
Chriss, like many other young players on the Suns, was given extended run after the All-Star break after coach Earl Watson opted to bench many of the veterans after it became obvious the team was well out of postseason contention. The 6-foot-10 rookie demonstrated much of his upside during that time, posting 12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across 26.9 minutes per game while shooting 49.8 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from deep. Though he shot just 32.1 percent from three on the season, Chriss has the look of an athletic stretch-four who can also block some shots – quite a valuable commodity in Fantasy. Ultimately, playing time will likely determine whether or not Chriss is Fantasy relevant heading into next season, as the Suns drafted Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. That throws somewhat of a wrench into the Suns rotation, as Jackson plays T.J. Warren’s small forward position, so Warren may need to slide up to power forward on occasion. That will leave some choice for coach Watson about what to do with Chriss in those situations, though Chriss has shown some ability to occupy the center slot in limited action. As a result, he likely isn’t worth reaching for in most Fantasy drafts, though could be a nice flier in deeper leagues if he slides down the draft board.
Despite grabbing one intriguing frontcourt player in 7-foot-1 Croatian big man Dragan Bender with the fourth overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Suns couldn’t pass up the opportunity to trade up for the No. 8 pick and select Chriss, an athletic marvel out of Washington. The additions of Chriss and Bender give the Suns a diverse tandem at power forward to work with as they build for the future, and the hope is that at least one of the two can settle in as a long-term option at the position. Chriss was an unheralded recruit coming out of high school, but he shot up draft boards this season after showcasing elite speed, above-the-rim athleticism and a projectable three-point stroke during his lone college season. From a physical standpoint, the 6-foot-10, 233-pound Chriss looks ready for the NBA, but he’s still incredibly raw, having only played basketball competitively for five years. Chriss fouled out of 15 of his 34 games in college and averaged an underwhelming 5.4 rebounds per game, a startling lack of production on the boards for someone with his length and leaping ability. He rebounded better over his three appearances with the Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League, but still averaged 5.3 fouls and 3.3 turnovers per game, suggesting his game needs plenty of refinement before he’ll be a viable NBA contributor. Fortunately for the rebuilding Suns, there’s no rush to integrate Chriss into the lineup right away, so the 19-year-old’s main priority during his rookie season will be picking up meaningful development time through practice and a limited role off the bench. Since Jared Dudley and Bender figure to open the season ahead of him at power forward, there’s also the possibility that Chriss will log some time in the D-League in 2016-17 if he’s not a consistent member of coach Earl Watson’s rotation. While his statistical contributions figure to be limited in his first year in the league, Chriss is still a premium asset in dynasty leagues, as he possesses perhaps as much upside as anybody drafted aside from top two picks Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram.
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Traded to Spurs
CSan Antonio Spurs
Out For Season
March 25, 2021
Chriss (leg) was traded to San Antonio on Thursday for Cady Lalanne, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
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In walking boot
CGolden State Warriors
Out For Season
February 11, 2021
Chriss (lower leg) walked with the assistance of a boot Thursday for the first time since his surgery, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Surgery confirmed
CGolden State Warriors
Out For Season
December 31, 2020
Chriss confirmed via his personal Instagram account that he underwent surgery Thursday to repair his fractured right fibula.
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Surgery on tap
CGolden State Warriors
Out For Season
December 27, 2020
Chriss is expected to undergo season-ending surgery within the next few days after he was diagnosed Sunday with a syndesmosis ankle injury that includes a fibular fracture, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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To miss rest of season
CGolden State Warriors
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December 27, 2020
Chriss will miss the rest of the season with a broken right leg, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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