Skal Labissiere
Skal Labissiere
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Portland Trail Blazers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Labissiere's NBA career has relied entirely on opportunity, and in Portland, he has gotten none of it. After being traded from the Kings to the Trail Blazers at least season's deadline, Labissiere appeared in just nine games for Portland and averaged 7.0 minutes her game. He did take full advantage of extended in the final game of the regular season, however. With the Trail Blazers most of their key players, Labissiere got the start and played 40 minutes against his former team, scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in a victory. But while the talent is clearly there at some level, the minutes are not, and it should be no different in 2019-20. Even with Jusuf Nurkic out for a considerable amount of time as he recovers from leg surgery, Labissiere is still expected to be behind Hassan Whiteside, Zach Collins and Pau Gasol in the big man pecking order, so barring additional injury, Labissiere will be a depth option once again for this team. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.43 million contract with the Kings in July of 2016. Kings exercised $1.54 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Kings exercised $2.34 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Traded to the Trail Blazers in February of 2019.
Another strong effort Thursday
FPortland Trail Blazers
October 11, 2019
Labissiere compiled nine points (4-11 FG, 1-2 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 23 minutes during Thursday's 104-68 preseason victory over Maccabi.
ANALYSIS
Labissiere put together another nice all-around game Thursday, continuing to put his hand up for more minutes once the regular season rolls around. It is uncertain as to where exactly he fits in the rotation moving forward. He does have a somewhat fantasy-friendly game but has disappointed managers before. Those in deeper formats could take a chance on him but just don't get your hopes too high.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Last year, Labissiere arguably regressed from his rookie campaign -- never an encouraging sign. Despite seeing over two minutes more per tilt, he saw his scoring, rebounding, and field-goal percentage dip. That’s not to say he didn't show flashes, as the second-year big man posted three double-doubles, plus two 20-point games, and four performances with at least three blocks. Regardless, it will be difficult for Labissiere to find more run this season, as the Kings drafted power forward/center Marvin Bagley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 Draft. Willie Cauley-Stein is also expected to continue starting at the five. While Labissiere still makes for a fair Fantasy option in deeper dynasty formats, his upside is severely limited this season.
Labissiere, a rookie during the 2016-17 campaign, emerged for the Kings last year after the team traded away DeMarcus Cousins at the deadline. Post All-Star break, Labissiere provided 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds across 22.4 minutes while shooting 54.1 percent from the field. While he still has work to do as a stretch-four, hitting three of his only eight attempts from beyond the arc last season, the 7-foot forward out of Kentucky has shown promise as a scorer and rebounder. At only 235 pounds, Labissiere isn’t throwing anyone around on his way to the cup, but has shown promise due to his smoothness and general athleticism in both transition and the halfcourt. He’s not just a dunker, either, as he’s shown legitimate promise as a mid-range shooter, going an efficient 47-of-86 (54.7 percent) from 10 feet to the three-point line. Though he was poised to probably see 30-plus minutes a game before the team signed veteran frontcourt threat Zach Randolph, Labissiere could very well split time with the veteran, which would place him somewhere around the workload he saw after the All-Star break last season. As a result, Labissiere may still be a fringe option in most Fantasy formats, though is certainly worth a look in deeper leagues and should warrant strong consideration in DFS when the Kings suffer a frontcourt injury.
Labissiere wasn't immune to the trend of lesser-accomplished college big men falling out of the lottery in the June draft, but the Kings ended his misery by taking him with the No. 28 overall pick. In heading to Sacramento, Labissiere will find himself in friendly quarters, as he'll be able to learn under two former Kentucky frontcourt standouts in DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein. Part of the reason Labissiere disappointed during his lone season of college ball was that his skill set didn't fit into what coach John Calipari was looking for from his center. Labissiere belongs on the perimeter as a stretch big, not on the low block as a post presence. He attempted just two three-pointers as a freshman, but that will be a big part of his game if he's to have success in the NBA. In addition to his ability to stretch the floor, the other top tool Labissiere brings to the table is his ability to protect the rim. He averaged 1.6 blocks in just 15.8 minutes per game, and on a per-minute basis, that put him at the same pace as Karl-Anthony Towns, when he was a freshman at Kentucky. There likely won't be many opportunities right off the bat for Labissiere to see many minutes behind Cousins and Cauley-Stein as a rookie, but in time, he could give the Kings the sort of skill set that perfectly complements that duo.
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Double-doubles in loss
FPortland Trail Blazers
October 9, 2019
Labissiere ended with 10 points (2-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 105-94 preseason loss to Denver.
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Dealing with injured shoulder
FPortland Trail Blazers
Shoulder
July 3, 2019
Labissiere is nursing an injured shoulder and it's not clear if he'll be available for the Blazers' first summer league game on Saturday, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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Lights up old squad in finale
FPortland Trail Blazers
April 11, 2019
Labissiere tallied 29 points (12-17 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block across 41 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 136-131 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
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To start finale
FPortland Trail Blazers
April 10, 2019
Labissiere will start Wednesday's game against the Kings, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
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Plays three minutes in Friday's win
FPortland Trail Blazers
March 29, 2019
Labissiere amassed one rebound, one assist, and one steal in three minutes during Friday's 118-98 win over the Hawks.
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