Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis
25-Year-Old CenterC
Indiana Pacers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Sabonis was named an All-Star for the first time in 2019-20, improving essentially all of his stats from the year prior. He became a full-time starter and averaged 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 54.0 percent from the field and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line. The big man also collected 50 double-doubles and four triple-doubles across 62 appearances. While questions swirl about his fit with Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo's desire to remain with the franchise, Sabonis seems to be the focal point of the team. His role should be extremely safe heading into 2020-21, and at just 24 years old, Sabonis might be able to take some strides in his game -- especially in three-point shooting (25.4 percent on 1.1 attempts per game) and defense (just 1.3 combined steals-plus-blocks). Considering he ranked 42nd in fantasy (per-game, eight-category), he'll likely be a popular selection in the third and fourth rounds of most drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $77 million contract extension with the Pacers in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Domantas Sabonis was born in Portland, Oregon in 1996 while his father Arvydas was playing for the Trail Blazers. Domantas started his professional career as a 16-year-old in Spain and later in Greece, but he never signed a contract with a salary in order to maintain his amateur status for the NCAA, which led to two seasons of ball at Gonzaga University. After appearing in numerous FIBA youth tournaments, Sabonis debuted for the Lituanian national team in 2015. By competing against Australia, he became the all-time youngest Lithuanian to debut in a game representing the primary men's national team. He was also a member of the Lithuanian team at EuroBasket 2015 and the 2016 Olympics. Fans can follow Sabonis on Instagram and Twitter (@Dsabonis11).

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Domantas Sabonis started his pre-NBA career in Spain, playing 35 games for Unicaja Malaga, averaging 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest for the Spanish outfit while maintaining his amateur status. Sabonis then moved to the United States, where he played two years (2014-2016) of collegiate basketball for Gonzaga University. Sabonis immediately stepped into an important role in his first year at Gonzaga, averaging 9.7 points and 7.1 rebounds while coming off the bench in all but one of the 38 games he appeared. Sabonis entered the next season on the Wooden Award Preseason watch list. He justified the hype by averaging 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in 38 games for the Zags, 31 of them starts. In recognition of his efforts, Sabonis earned All-West Coast Conference and NABC All-District First Team honors. He was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American and became an NCAA All-Tournament Midwest Region selection. Sabonis left Gonzaga after his sophomore season with the highest field goal percentage (.632) in school history.

Double-doubles in return
CIndiana Pacers
May 16, 2021
Sabonis tallied 25 points (12-18 FG, 1-2 3Pt), 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 39 minutes during Sunday's 125-113 win over the Raptors.
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The 25-year-old returned from a one-game absence due to a knee injury to post his 48th double-double of the season. Sabonis averaged career highs in points (20.3), assists (6.7), steals and three-pointers (0.8) through 62 games in his fifth NBA season. He'll look to roll over his regular-season success into the play-in tournament Tuesday.
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2019

Playing in his fourth NBA season, Sabonis took his game to a new level in 2019-20. He established new career-highs in minutes per game (34.8), points per game (18.5), rebounds per game (12.4), assists per game (5.0), and steals per game (0.8). One of the most efficient big men in the league, Sabonis shot 54.0 percent from the field, as well as better than 72 percent from the free-throw line. Sabonis was selected to his first All-Star Game as a member of Team LeBron. In the All-Star Game, Sabonis played 19 minutes, finishing with two points and six rebounds. Sabonis finished the season with 50 double-doubles, including a career-high four triple-doubles. Against the Clippers on Dec. 9, Sabonis went for 18 points, a career-best 22 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. He scored a season-high 29 points, to go with 13 boards and six assists, in a win over Minnesota on Jan. 15. Versus Portland on Jan. 26, Sabonis put up 27 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in 41 minutes. He had 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Denver on Jan. 19. Sabonis registered a season-high three steals against the Warriors on Jan. 24, also adding 16 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. The former Gonzaga standout finished the regular season ranked sixth in total rebounds (771), ninth in offensive rebounds (189), fifth in rebounds per game (12.4), ninth in total rebound percentage (19.6), and sixth in triple-doubles (4). A foot injury prevented Sabonis from playing the Pacers' eight seeding games and four playoff games in the Orlando bubble.

2018

Domantas Sabonis played crucial minutes off the bench last season, appearing in 74 games during the 2018-19 season for the Indiana Pacers. He averaged 25 minutes per game, despite starting five of 74 games. Sabonis led the team in rebounding, averaging 9.3 boards per contest, which was also good for 18th in the Association. The 6-foot-10 center proved an able scorer as well, finishing third on the squad in scoring with 14.1 points per contest. Sabonis tallied 30 double-doubles, including six in the month of December. November was his best month statistically, though, as the big man managed 15.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest. Sabonis matched a career high with 30 points at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks on Halloween. On Nov. 19, Sabonis nearly accumulated a triple-double against Utah, compiling 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a 121-94 win. He shot an efficient 59-percent from the field on the year, which not only led the Pacers but was seventh in the entire NBA. Sabonis also was a willing passer, averaging a career-high 2.9 assists per contest. His Pacers finished the season at 48-34 and lost to the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

2017

Domantas Sabonis was traded to the Indiana Pacers in the summer heading into his sophomore season. Sabonis played 74 games in 2017-18 and started 19 times, averaging 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24.5 minutes per game. Sabonis gave the Pacers efficient minutes, as he shot 51.4 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the foul line over the season. He got out to a good start with the Pacers, as he tallied 16 points, on 7-of-7 shooting, and seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action in the first game of the season. He continued with a solid month in October, averaging 12.9 points and 11.0 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game. He reached the 20-point plateau for the first time on October 29, 2017, and did it four more times through the regular season, including a season-high 30 points on April 8, 2018. He registered 15 double-doubles on the season, including an impressive outing, where he finished with 12 points, five assists, and a season-high 16 rebounds. Sabonis played seven games in the postseason, where the Pacers lost to the Cavaliers in seven games in the First Round. Sabonis averaged 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game in that series.

2016

Following two seasons at Gonzaga, Sabonis was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was technically drafted by the Magic, but was traded that same day to the OKC Thunder with Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova for veteran Serge Ibaka. Sabonis proceeded to appear in 81 games for the Thunder, received 66 starts and played 20.1 minutes per contest. He averaged 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per contest. The rookie shot 39.9 percent percent from the field, 32.1 percent from three and 65.7 percent from the charity stripe. Sabonis' NBA debut occurred during the first game of the season, Oct. 26, when he played 16 minutes in a six-point win over the 76ers on the road. He posted five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and four rebounds. On Dec. 23, the scored a season-high 20 points during a win at Boston. His best stretch of the season was six games from Nov. 2 through Nov. 11. In 25.6 minutes per game, he averaged 9.8 points on 8.0 shots, plus 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists. On the season, he accumulated two double-doubles. The Thunder finished the season 47-35, making the playoffs as the six seed in the Western Conference but losing to the Rockets in five games during the First Round. Sabonis played six playoff minutes and posted four points, two rebounds, one steal and one block.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft. Traded by the Magic, with Ersan Ilyasova and Victor Oladipo to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Serge Ibaka.
  • August 12, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder
  • July 6, 2017
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with Victor Oladipo to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.
  • October 21, 2019
    Signed a multi-year contract with the Indiana Pacers (Signing is an extension to the rookie deal signed in 2016).
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Will play Sunday
CIndiana Pacers
May 16, 2021
Sabonis (knee) will play Sunday against the Raptors, Jeremiah Johnson of Bally Sports Indiana reports.
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Game-time decision Sunday
CIndiana Pacers
Knee
May 16, 2021
Sabonis (knee) is a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Raptors, Tony East of the West Indianapolis Community News reports.
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Out vs. Lakers
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Knee
May 15, 2021
Sabonis (knee) is out for Saturday's contest against the Lakers, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Questionable for Saturday
CIndiana Pacers
Knee
May 14, 2021
After leaving Thursday's game early with a knee injury, Sabonis is officially listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Lakers, Scott Agness of FieldhouseFiles.com reports.
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Questionable to return Thursday
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Knee
May 13, 2021
Sabonis (knee) is questionable to return to Thursday's game, Pay Boylan of Indiana Pacers Radio reports.
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