Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Indiana Pacers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.99 million contract with the Thunder in August of 2016.
Solid off bench in Game 7 loss
FIndiana Pacers
April 30, 2018
Sabonis tallied 10 points (3-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and five rebounds across 26 minutes during Indiana's 105-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
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Sabonis' scoring total led the bench and represented his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring effort to close out the series. The 21-year-old took double-digit shot attempts in all of those contests and played well over 20 minutes in the last five games against the Cavaliers overall. Sabonis' numbers were significantly improved across the board this season over those of his rookie campaign in Oklahoma City, as he finished with 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 24.5 minutes over 74 games (19 starts). Given his subsequent performance in the postseason, expectations for Sabonis will be elevated heading into the 2018-19 season.
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#2 Center
#2 Power Forward
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Continues nice stretch in Game Six victory
FIndiana Pacers
April 28, 2018
Sabonis finished with 19 points (9-11 FG, 1-2 FT), and six rebounds in 22 minutes during Friday's 121-87 victory over the Cavaliers.
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Records team-highscoring total in Game 5
FIndiana Pacers
April 25, 2018
Sabonis notched 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 98-95 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Surprises with team-high scoring total in Game 4
FIndiana Pacers
April 22, 2018
Sabonis produced 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and six rebounds across 25 minutes during Indiana's 104-100 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
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Will remain in bench role Tuesday
FIndiana Pacers
April 10, 2018
Updating a previous report, Sabonis will remain in a bench role for Tuesday's regular-season finale against the Hornets.
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Will pick up start Tuesday
FIndiana Pacers
April 10, 2018
Sabonis will start at power forward for Tuesday's game against the Hornets, freelance journalist Mark Montieth reports.
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