Taurean Prince
Taurean Prince
26-Year-Old ForwardF
Cleveland Cavaliers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Prince made a surprisingly seamless transition from Atlanta to Brooklyn after coming over in an offseason trade prior to last year, as he started in 61 of his 64 appearances and provided a fantasy-relevant stat line with 12.1 points, 2.3 threes and 0.9 steals per game. Unfortunately, that came along with an easily career-worst 37.6 field-goal percentage, which is a major drag for fantasy purposes, and a lot of that decline stemmed from his meager 33.9 percent three-point shooting. The Nets may want to move on from Prince if they can find a taker on the trade market, and even if they don't, it'll be surprising if he earns as many minutes in 2020-21 with a healthy Joe Harris ahead of him and Kevin Durant set to return. Unless Prince finds a new home, he can't be viewed as anything more than a late-round flier from a fantasy standpoint. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $29 million contract extension with the Nets in October of 2019. Traded to the Cavaliers in January of 2021.
Personal Bio

Taurean Waller-Prince was born in 1994 in San Marcos, Texas. He is the son of Anthony and Tamiyko Prince. Prince was raised in Texas and played three years of high school ball at Earl Warren High School in San Antonio. He originally chose to play college ball at LIU-Brooklyn, but a coaching change there reopened his recruiting period and he switched to Baylor. In 2014, Prince was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. And while at Baylor, he was also a member of the US Men's National Basketball Team that won the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games. Fans can follow the lengthy wing on both Instagram and Twitter @taureanprince.

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In four years at Baylor, Prince showed steady improvement. He only appeared in 24 games as a freshman off the bench and provided just 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in relief of Cory Jefferson. The 6-7 forward only started two games as a sophomore, but pushed his scoring average to 6.2 points. It was not until his junior season that Prince received significant playing time and the forward rewarded coach Scott Drew with 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest. He hit a career-high 39.5 percent of his 3-pointers and helped the Bears advance to the NCAA Tournament. Prince had his best game of the season in the first-round loss to Georgia State. He went for 18 points and 15 rebounds off the Bear bench. The Texas native became a starter as a senior and led the squad with 15.9 points per game, in addition to 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. In the NCAA Tournament, Prince had 28 points in Baylor's first-round loss to Yale. After his senior season, Prince was named as an All-Big 12 selection, First Team by the league's coaches and Second Team by the media.

Thrives off bench in team debut
FCleveland Cavaliers
January 21, 2021
Prince played 32 minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Cavaliers' 147-135 win over the Nets in double overtime, contributing 17 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.
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Both Prince and Jarrett Allen made their Cleveland debuts against their former squad following last week's four-team trade that sent James Harden to Brooklyn. The new recruits didn't need much time to get acclimated to their new situation, as both Prince and Allen logged 30-plus minutes as members of head coach J.B. Bickerstaff's eight-man rotation. However, the two extra periods inflated Prince's playing time, and his minutes are likely to dip further once the Cavaliers return Darius Garland (shoulder), Kevin Love (calf) and Dylan Windler (hand) from injuries. The 26-year-old is best viewed as an option in 14-team or 16-team formats rather than standard leagues.
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2019

Prince appeared in 64 games (61 starts) for the Nets during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season. He averaged 12.1 points, a career-best 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals in 29.0 minutes per game. Prince also drained a career-high 2.3 three-pointers per contest while shooting 33.9 percent from behind the arc. During the fifth game of the season -- a Nov. 11 win over Houston -- Prince scored a season-high 27 points (9-17 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and grabbed 12 rebounds. That was one of his six performances with at least 20 points and one of his eight double-doubles. On Dec. 1 versus Miami, Prince blocked a season-best three shots, plus posted nine points, seven boards, two three-pointers and one steal. On Dec. 30 in a game at Minnesota, Prince gathered a season-high 14 rebounds. The Baylor product reached his season-high five assists three times and his season-high three steals twice. Prince showed off his three-and-D ability on plenty of occasions, recording at least one three, one steal and one block in 13 contests. Prince arguably had his best stretch of the season during the eight games from Dec. 28 through Jan. 12. In that span of games, Prince scored in double-digits in all but one contest and produced 2.9 threes and 7.1 rebounds per game. In late July, the Nets were one of 22 teams invited to participate in the Orlando bubble. Prince did not participate in any of the Nets' bubble contests.

2018

After starting all 82 games for the Atlanta Hawks in his second NBA campaign, Taurean Prince picked up where he left off and started the 2018-19 season with a bang, He scored over 20 points in three of his first four games, including a season-high 28 points on Oct. 19 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Over his first 21 games, the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 15 points, four rebounds, and 1.1 steals while shooting 43.1 percent from the floor. He also had a season-best three straight games with over 20 points during November. Unfortunately, an ankle injury cost him over a month of action during December and January. Prince was a bit limited after missing 18 games. He scored under 10 points in each of his first four games back while averaging 18.2 minutes per game. However, by the end of the campaign, he began looking like his early-season self again. Prince scored double-digit points in 15 of his final 20 games, including three 20-point outings. For the season, the 25-year-old Baylor product averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 rebounds while posting career highs in field goal percentage (44.1 percent) and three-point shooting (39 percent on 5.7 attempts). Prince's Hawks finished 29-53 and missed the playoffs.

2017

Prince avoided the dreaded sophomore slump by seeing his production increase tenfold. The Baylor product started all 82 games for Atlanta, while averaging 30 minutes per night. By comparison, Prince played just 16.6 minutes per game his rookie season. Given how much more playing time he received, it comes as no surprise Prince's numbers increased dramatically in all major offensive categories. He averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds to go along with 2.6 assists. Prince chipped in a steal and half a block per night for good measure. Prince began his year with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double in a win over Dallas on Opening Night. He would go on to post an additional four double-doubles, including a career-high 11 rebounds against Philadelphia on Nov. 1. Prince scored 20 or more points on 20 separate occasions, with 30 or more five different times. Add in the fact Prince produced 12 games with at least five assists and 10 games with at least three steals, and it's easy to see why the former first-round selection has such a bright future.

2016

2016-17 would become Taurean Prince's NBA rookie season. After four years at Baylor, he appeared in 59 games for the Atlanta Hawks and five games for the D-League Long Island Nets. Prince made his NBA debut on Oct. 27 during a win over Washington. In that contest, he gathered a steal and an assist over three minutes. From Oct. 27 to Dec. 26, the athletic wing would play in 21 of the Hawks' 30 games, producing 3.4 points and 1.8 boards over 10 minutes per game. He would then be sent to the D-League for a boost in playing time. Prince seized the opportunity, delivering 21.8 points and 8.5 boards per contest across four games for Long Island. He then returned to Atlanta and gradually receive much more run than during the first half of his season. From Jan. 7 to Apr. 12, the rookie received 20 minutes per tilt, generating 6.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest. On Apr. 6, Prince posted a career-high 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes during a win over Boston. He started all six games of Atlanta's first round playoff series with Washington, recording 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31.2 minutes per game.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2016
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Utah Jazz to the Atlanta Hawks; the Atlanta Hawks traded Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers; and the Indiana Pacers traded George Hill to the Utah Jazz.
  • July 15, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks
  • July 6, 2019
    Traded by the Atlanta Hawks with a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Allen Crabbe and a 2020 1st round draft pick. (top-14 protected)
  • October 21, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets (signing is extension on deal signed in 2016).
  • January 13, 2021
    Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Jarrett Allen in a four-team trade involving the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets. The Rockets acquired Rodions Kurucs, Dante Exum, Victor Oladipo and four first-round draft picks (2022, 2022, 2024 and 2026) plus four pick swaps with the Nets (2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027). The Nets acquired James Harden and a 2024 second-round pick. The Pacers acquired Caris LeVert and two future second-round picks.
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After appearing in all 82 games for what could be considered a breakout sophomore season, the injury bug hit Prince last year, and the former Baylor standout appeared in just 55 games for the Hawks, making 47 starts on the wing. Still, despite the injuries, Prince still managed to average 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Most impressive was his sustainable success from behind the arc, as Prince shot a career-best 39.0 percent from three on 5.7 attempts per game. While he was originally viewed as a key member of Atlanta's young core, he was shipped to Brooklyn this offseason as part of the Allen Crabbe salary dump. Now, his role is a lot less stable, as he will join a Nets club that boasts plenty of wing and frontcourt depth even in the absence of Kevin Durant this season. Prince will be competing with the likes of Caris LeVert, Garrett Temple, Wilson Chandler and Rodions Kurucs for time on the floor this season, but given how the 25-year-old has emerged as a three-point marksman over the last two seasons, it would be surprising if the Nets didn't often utilize him as a floor spacer in the frontcourt.
After a lackluster rookie campaign, Prince made a noticeable leap in his second year, starting all 82 regular season games and hitting the coveted 30-minute threshold on a per game basis. The 24-year-old finished second on the team in scoring behind Dennis Schroder at 14.1 points, which included 2.1 three-pointers at an improved 38.5 percent clip from deep. He also added 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal. Clearly one of the Hawks' building blocks of the future, Prince's rapid development has him primed for another productive year in 2018-19. The Hawks dealt Dennis Schroder to the Thunder in the offseason, so Prince will be the top returning scorer from a season ago. Fellow frontcourt player John Collins, who also has shown a ton of upside, is headed into his first full year as a starter, but that shouldn't cut into Prince's numbers much, if at all. In addition, the selection of Trae Young with the fifth overall pick in the draft replaces Schroder with an unproven talent. As a result, Prince and Collins will likely be relied upon even more offensively, giving both the opportunity to build on their already solid numbers. Prince's strong sophomore season and likely uptick in usage ahead of the upcoming campaign should establish him as a coveted mid-round pick in Fantasy drafts.
Prince, the 12th overall selection of the 2016 NBA Draft, got off to a slow start in his rookie campaign, but saw his role grow throughout the year and averaged a respectable 8.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal across 25.6 minutes from the start of March through the end of April. He shot 44.8 percent from the field, but his three-point shot could use some improvement, though it wasn't horrible at 33.3 percent. Prince's value should continue to rise heading into the 2017-18 season, as the Hawks no longer have Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, Tim Hardaway Jr. or Thabo Sefolosha. It's a clear rebuild in Atlanta, so at just 22 years old, Prince is one of the younger players on the roster who has the upside to earn him a ton of minutes. Prince is currently projected to start at small forward, though fellow second-year player DeAndre' Bembry has shown some promise as well. That said, Prince's numbers should increase across the board and after last season's coming out party in the playoffs where he averaged 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 31.1 minutes, he'll have high expectations in what should be his first full season as a starter.
One of two first-round picks made by the Hawks in June to address their depth on the wing, Prince, the No. 12 overall selection, provides a good complement to DeAndre' Bembry, the 21st overall pick. Unlike Bembry, who profiles as more of an athlete who can run the floor, Prince's game is a bit more polished all around. The 6-foot-8 Prince uses a 6-foot-11.5 wingspan to harass perimeter players and battle power forwards on defense, and showed an ability during his time at Baylor to knock down open three-point shots and convert on spot-up chances. The Hawks are optimistic Prince can develop into a three-and-D player who could eventually replace the aging Kyle Korver in the starting lineup, but during his rookie season, he'll likely be asked to play a more limited role off the bench. In addition to Korver, Prince will likely find himself behind Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha on the depth chart at the two wing spots to open the campaign.
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Set to make debut Wednesday
FCleveland Cavaliers
January 17, 2021
Prince will be available to make his Cavaliers debut Wednesday versus the Nets, Brian Dulik of the Associated Press reports.
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Not expected to debut Friday
FCleveland Cavaliers
Not Injury Related
January 15, 2021
Prince (not injury related) is not expected to debut Friday against the Knicks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Traded to Cleveland
FCleveland Cavaliers
January 13, 2021
Prince was traded Wednesday from Brooklyn to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi reports.
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Scores season-high 16 points
FBrooklyn Nets
January 8, 2021
Prince posted 16 points (4-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), four rebounds, a steal and a block across 24 minutes in Friday's loss against the Grizzlies.
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Receives another start
FBrooklyn Nets
January 5, 2021
Prince will start Tuesday's game against Utah, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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