Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis
23-Year-Old CenterC
Indiana Pacers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Sabonis once again found himself coming off the bench for the Pacers, starting only five of the 74 games that he appeared in. He averaged 25 minutes a game, which was identical to his average from the previous season. However, he was able to increase his scoring average from 11.6 to 14.1 points per game on the strength of his 59 percent shooting from the field. His usage rate also increased from 22.1% to 23.5%. The scoring column wasn't his only area of improvement, either, since he set a new career-high by averaging 9.3 rebounds per contest. The downside is that he doesn't provide many defensive stats or three-pointers, which somewhat limits his upside. His 71.5% shooting from the charity stripe won't kill fantasy teams, but he could stand to improve in that area, as well. But with Thaddeus Young now a member of the Bulls, Sabonis could find himself starting next to Myles Turner. A potential increase in playing time gives Sabonis the ability to approach a double-double on a nightly basis while shooting a great percentage from the field and passing the ball well for a big man (4.2 assists per 36 minutes last season). If Sabonis can crack the 30-minute mark, he'll be one of the more valuable big men in fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.99 million contract with the Thunder in August of 2016. Traded to the Pacers in July of 2017. Pacers exercised $2.66 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Pacers exercised $3.53 million team option for 2019-20 in September of 2018.
Grabs 14 boards in Friday's win
CIndiana Pacers
October 12, 2019
Sabonis had eight points (3-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-5 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, and one block in 31 minutes during Friday's 105-87 preseason victory over Chicago.
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Sabonis played a team-high 31 minutes Friday, coming away with a solid enough line. The 14 rebounds were nice and any defensive numbers are always a bonus. His efficiency was far from ideal and the scoring as a whole could be somewhat of a negative this season. Although he is moving from the bench into the starting lineup, that is likely to result in him moving down the pecking order on the offensive end. He remains a standard league player, however, he may fail to live up to the hype.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Sabonis was dealt to Indiana in the Paul George trade and was forced to transition into a reserve role after spending much of his rookie year with the Thunder as a starter. However, his status as a bench player didn't matter much and he ended up averaging 24.5 minutes per game, up from 20.1 minutes a year prior. That translated to career highs across the board, finishing with 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He also shot a very respectable 51.4 percent from the field and had the ability to knock down a three-pointer (35.1%) when left open. Looking forward to the upcoming campaign, the Pacers let both Al Jefferson and Trevor Booker walk, but then picked up Kyle O'Quinn during free agency. After Sabonis spent most of last season playing center, O'Quinn's addition could prompt Indiana to use him more at power forward. Either way, Sabonis is still just 22 years old and has plenty of upside, so the Pacers should make every effort to give him plenty of run off the bench. His production from last season is likely a good baseline for Sabonis' projected value, but that likely limits his utility to those in deeper leagues looking for help in the points and rebound categories.
Sabonis, a rookie during the 2016-17 campaign, was dealt from the Thunder (along with Victor Oladipo) to the Pacers in the summer of 2017 in the trade that sent Paul George to Oklahoma City. Sabonis had an underwhelming debut season, though garnered a solid 20.1 minutes per game. In those minutes, the 6-foot-11 forward/center posted 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 51-for-159 (32.1 percent) from deep. Though he was more of a traditional big in college -- taking mid-range face-up jumpers and executing post moves with patience, strength a good footwork – the Thunder seemed to believe it was better for him to develop three-point range, despite taking just 14 threes during his two seasons at Gonzaga. It’s tough to predict if Indiana will feel the same way about his game, though it’s doubtful they’ll want him to stop shooting threes all together. Regardless, Sabonis projects to be a reserve frontcourt player behind the likes of Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young, as well as possibly Al Jefferson and Bojan Bogdanovic. For that reason, it’s far from a guarantee that Sabonis will match his workload from last season, making him a risky pickup in any Fantasy format and ultimately someone who can probably be ignored.
The son of international great and former Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis, Domantas rose up draft boards as the evaluation process unfolded this spring, ultimately going 11th overall to the Thunder, who acquired the pick from the Magic in the Serge Ibaka deal. Sabonis' floor compares favorably to that of some of the other big men in the late lottery and middle of the first round, without carrying the same kind of bust potential. Sabonis' numbers as a sophomore at Gonzaga were outstanding, as he averaged 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in 31.6 minutes per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the line. Since he lacks a lengthy wingspan and hasn't shown much shot-blocking ability, Sabonis doesn't figure to see much time at center in the NBA, which is just as well for the Thunder with Steven Adams and Enes Kanter around to fill the minutes at that position. If his playing time patterns in the preseason are any indication, the Thunder could end up utilizing Sabonis as their starting power forward, but with veterans Ersan Ilyasova and Joffrey Lauvergne in the fold, it's likely that he won't benefit from an enhanced workload most nights. Moreover, he's unlikely to see much usage offensively while he shares the floor with Adams, Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo. While Sabonis' ceiling for his rookie year production may be a bit limited, he still offers some intriguing long-term potential, particularly if he's able to develop into a reliable three-point shooter at the NBA level. That's certainly within the realm of possibility given his blood lines, and the fact that he's already shown some aptitude from the free-throw line and mid-range.
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Slated to start alongside Turner
CIndiana Pacers
August 27, 2019
Pacers coach Nate McMillan confirmed earlier in the summer that he intends on starting Sabonis at power forward in 2019-20, freelance sports writer Mark Montieth reports.
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Now available to play
CIndiana Pacers
April 10, 2019
Sabonis (ankle) has been upgraded to available to play for Wednesday's regular season finale against the Hawks.
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Sitting Wednesday
CIndiana Pacers
Rest
April 10, 2019
Sabonis will sit out Wednesday's game against the Hawks.
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Double-doubles in loss
CIndiana Pacers
April 7, 2019
Sabonis finished with 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, and three assists over 31 minutes in the Pacers' loss to the Nets on Sunday.
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Turns in impressive line
CIndiana Pacers
April 3, 2019
Sabonis registered 15 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal over 27 minutes Wednesday against the Pistons.
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