Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis
22-Year-Old CenterC
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. 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.
Drops 14 in loss
CIndiana Pacers
February 13, 2019
Sabonis finished with 14 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt), nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss the Bucks.
ANALYSIS
Sabonis just missed a double-double by one rebound in a solid performance in Wednesday's loss. This season, he's averaged 14.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Grabs 22nd double-double
CIndiana Pacers
February 9, 2019
Sabonis scored 13 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal in 30 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 105-90 win over the Cavaliers.
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Double-double off bench
CIndiana Pacers
February 4, 2019
Sabonis scored 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-2 FT) while adding 13 rebounds and an assist in 23 minutes off the bench during Monday's 109-107 win over the Pelicans.
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Does it all in win
CIndiana Pacers
February 2, 2019
Sabonis finished with seven points (1-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 10 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block over 24 minutes in the Pacers' win over the Heat on Saturday.
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Submits decent all-around line
CIndiana Pacers
January 30, 2019
Sabonis totaled 10 points (5-8 FG), eight rebounds, three assists and a steal in 23 minutes Wednesday against the Wizards.
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Double-double off bench
CIndiana Pacers
January 19, 2019
Sabonis scored 16 points (7-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 111-99 win over the Mavericks.
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