Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
25-Year-Old CenterC
San Antonio Spurs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In his second season with San Antonio, Poeltl saw his playing time increase and averaged 5.6 points, 5.7 boards and 2.0 combined blocks-plus-steals across 17.7 minutes. He shot better than 60 percent from the floor for the third straight season but was a bit worse from the charity stripe, as he shot sub-50 percent from the free-throw line. Poeltl started just 18 games all season, but he started the Spurs' final eight games inside the bubble with favorable results. Across his final four games, the big man came down with double-digit rebounds three times, logged two double-doubles and averaged 2.5 combined blocks-steals. During the offseason, he re-upped with the Spurs on a three-year, $27 million contract. It seems possible coach Gregg Popovich will try to find some more run for the 25-year-old, but the presence of LaMarcus Aldridge still complicates things. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Spurs in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Poeltl was born in Vienna, Austria, to Martina and Rainer Poeltl in 1995. Both of his parents were members of the Austrian national volleyball teams. He has a sister named Miriam. Poeltl took an interest in basketball at an early age and played one season for the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions of the Austrian Bundesliga in 2013-14. During that campaign, Poeltl posted per-game averages of 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots. He also played for Austria in the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. In seven contests, he averaged 15.4 points, 12.3 boards and 2.6 blocks. Poeltl was recruited by a number of United States colleges and eventually committed to play for the University of Utah. In 2016, he became the first Austrian-born player to make an appearance in the NBA. Learn more about Poeltl by following him on Instagram (@jakob).

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Poeltl was named the 2015-16 Pac-12 Player of the Year while at Utah. He was also named to the 2015-16 All-American Second Team and the 2016 All-Pac-12 Tournament First Team. He helped Utah to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Vienna, Austria native led the Pac-12 in 2015-16 in two-point field goals (228) and field-goal percentage (.646). Furthermore, he led the Utes in points (620), points per game (17.2), rebounds (327), offensive rebounds (102), defensive rebounds (225), rebounds per game (9.1), offensive rebounds per game (2.8), defensive rebounds per game (6.3), blocks (56) and blocks per game (1.6). Poeltl entered the 2016 NBA Draft after his second season at Utah. He was chosen in the first round (ninth overall) by the Toronto Raptors.

Grabs double-digit boards
CSan Antonio Spurs
May 16, 2021
Poeltl scored 17 points (8-14 FG, 1-3 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds and three blocks across 30 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Suns.
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Poeltl returned from a one-game absence due to rest and played a fairly typical number of minutes in the final contest of the regular season. He saw a bigger offensive workload than usual and attempted a season-high 14 shots from the field. However, Poeltl did his primary damage on the defensive end of the floor, swatting multiple shots for the fifth time in his last six games and also reeling in double-digit rebounds. Overall, it was a successful regular season for Poeltl, as he averaged a career-high 26.7 minutes per game, which in turn allowed him to produce at the highest levels of his career in nearly every statistic. Poeltl should be locked into the starting center role throughout the team's postseason run.
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2020

Coming into last season, Poeltl has started 46 games over four NBA seasons. The big center surpassed that number during the 2020-21 campaign, making 51 starts among the 69 games in which he played. Not coincidentally, Poeltl averaged a career-high 26.7 minutes per contest. His per-game averages of 8.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 blocks were also all career-best marks. Poeltl ranked sixth in the league in swats per game, and he tied a single-game career high with five blocks twice during the campaign. The Austrian-born big man was very efficient from the field, making 61.6 percent of his field-goal tries. He tallied 15 double-doubles during the season, surpassing the total he tabulated in his first four seasons combined. In arguably his finest performance of the campaign, Poeltl tied a career high with 20 points and nabbed a career-best 16 boards against Chicago on March 17. During his most impressive stretch of the season, he racked up four straight double-doubles and averaged 14.3 points, 12.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals from March 29 through April 3. In San Antonio's play in game versus Memphis on May 19, Poeltl finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.

2019

Poeltl reprised his role as a key reserve for the Spurs in 2019-20, making 66 appearances (18 starts) in the pandemic-shortened campaign. He averaged 5.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 17.7 minutes per game while shooting a remarkable 62.4 percent from the field -- his third straight season with a field-goal percentage north of 60. On Dec. 3, the 7-foot-1 big man grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and blocked a season-high five shots during a close home win over the Rockets. On Jan. 27, the Austrian center racked up 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots against Chicago. That was one of four double-doubles he collected on the season. A knee injury forced Poeltl to miss San Antonio's last five games before the season was suspended on Mar. 11, but he was able to return for seeding play in the Orlando bubble. Poeltl went on to produce his biggest game of the season in the bubble, recording a season-high 19 points along with 10 rebounds and three blocks against Utah on Aug. 7. That opened a streak of three consecutive games with double-digit rebounds, including another double-double Aug. 11 against Houston in which Poeltl collected 14 points and 12 boards.

2018

You may have heard that Kawhi Leonard was traded to Toronto prior to the 2018-19 season. DeMar DeRozan was the big name that went the other way, but Poeltl was also dealt from the Raptors to the Spurs. Poeltl was reliable for San Antonio, playing in 77 games. He started 24 of them, averaging 16.5 minutes per game overall. Poeltl put up 5.5 points per contest. He posted a season-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting against Utah on Dec. 4. He was extremely efficient as a shooter, as the Austrian-born center made 64.5 percent of his field goals. Poeltl was also the rare player who nearly averaged more rebounds than points, as he notched 5.3 boards per contest. In the playoffs, Poeltl was given a starting role and his playing time jumped to 25.3 minutes per game. He averaged 7.3 points and 7.7 boards per contest in seven postseason outings.

2017

Poeltl appeared in all 82 games for the Toronto Raptors during the 2017-2018 season, his second with the club. Poeltl averaged career highs across the board. Playing 18.6 minutes per contest, the 7-foot-1 center managed 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per tilt. Poeltl shot an impressive 65.9 percent from the floor, which would have led the NBA had he qualified. Poeltl registered four double-doubles during the regular season. He scored a career-best 18 points against Indiana on Dec. 1, a game where he made his eight field goal attempts. He snatched a career-high 14 rebounds at Golden State on Oct. 25. Poeltl appeared in nine playoff games for the Raptors. The big man averaged 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per playoff battle. His best playoff performance came in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round versus the Washington Wizards. Poeltl played 24 minutes, accumulating 10 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

2016

Poeltl was selected by the Raptors with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He became the first Austrian-born player to play in an NBA game when he made his debut against Detroit on Oct. 26. During his rookie campaign, Poeltl appeared in 54 games with Toronto, making four starts and averaging 11.6 minutes per contest. The big man posted per-game averages of 3.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.4 blocked shots in his first season. He shot an outstanding 58.3 percent from the field while making 54.4 percent of his free-throw attempts. Poeltl tallied double-digit points three times during the campaign, beginning with a 12-point, seven-rebound performance in a win over Indiana on March 19. He swatted two shots in that game, one of five times during the regular season that he finished with two blocks. Poeltl also played in two games for Raptors 905 of the D-League, averaging 16.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest. In the postseason, Poeltl appeared in six games with Toronto, averaging 4.4 minutes per contest. He posted per-game playoff averages of 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 9, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Toronto Raptors.
  • July 18, 2018
    Traded by the Toronto Raptors with DeMar DeRozan and a 2019 1st round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and cash.
  • November 20, 2020
    Signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
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In his first season with the Spurs following last summer's blockbuster trade featuring Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, Poeltl posted career-high per-game averages of 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also noticeably improved his ball control (0.6 turnovers per game) after amassing 1.0 turnover versus 0.7 assists in 2017-18. However, Poeltl connected on a career-low 53.3 percent from the charity stripe. He appeared in 77 games in 2018-19 while drawing 24 starts, after coming off the bench in 132 of 136 tilts through two campaigns with the Raptors. However, he earned fewer minutes per night this past season (16.5) than he did in 2017-18 (18.6). Overall, Poeltl is a decent option for deeper category leagues thanks to his fairly well-rounded production and sky-high field-goal percentage (64.5). The young big man turns 24 in October and could be poised to make a leap if he's able to carve out more consistent and ample playing time, and he did see 25.3 minutes per game across seven playoff bouts against the Nuggets. Still, it remains to be seen whether that was mostly a matchup-based decision or a vote of confidence from coach Gregg Popovich going forward.
In his second NBA season, Poeltl played in all 82 games, upping his averages to 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks across 18.6 minutes. He struggled mightily as a free-throw shooter at 59.4 percent, but he did finish at a solid 65.9 percent from the field. He showed plenty of improvement with his all-around game and provided the rim-protection that the Raptors coveted when selecting him with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, with Toronto getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Cavaliers once again, the organization opted to make some significant roster moves. One of those was acquiring superstar Kawhi Leonard, which sent DeMar DeRozan and Poeltl to the Spurs in the corresponding move. Look for Poeltl to have a slightly increased role following the move considering he's joining a San Antonio squad that doesn't have a ton of depth at center outside of LaMarcus Aldridge and an aging Pau Gasol. More minutes means added production, though Poeltl will still likely struggle to be anything more than a block specialist in the deepest of leagues.
After being selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Poeltl didn't play a huge role during his rookie season, mostly serving as a deep reserve at center for the playoff bound Raptors. In 54 games, including four starts, Poeltl ended the year averaging 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds across 11.6 minutes, while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor. The Raptors ended up re-signing Serge Ibaka this offseason and will also bring back Jonas Valanciunas, so there's not going to be a ton of minutes available for Poeltl in the frontcourt during his sophomore campaign. He's slated to battle Lucas Nogueira for rights to the backup center role, although if Nogueira's slow development continues in his fourth season, the Raptors could try and get Poeltl, the younger and higher upside option, even more run to see what he's capable of. Poeltl figures to see an increase in playing time, but it likely won't be enough to make him a viable Fantasy target in the majority of leagues.
The Raptors have historically coveted international players in the draft, so it wasn't overly surprising when they spent their ninth overall selection on Poeltl, an Austrian-born center who honed his craft at Utah for two seasons. A quick glance at the 7-foot-1 Poeltl may lead one to assume he's a typical plodding post player -- the kind the NBA game has been moving away from for several years. However, that assertion overlooks the finer points of the 20-year-old's game. Poeltl is an excellent passer; perhaps not on the level of fellow lottery picks Dragan Bender or Domantas Sabonis, but just a notch below those two in terms of passing big men in the entire draft class. This skill could allow him to occupy the same kind of role Mason Plumlee assumed last season with the Trail Blazers, in which he worked with the guards on dribble handoffs and complex perimeter schemes designed to get the wing scorers favorable matchups. Poeltl won’t be an elite rebounder or rim protector and in fact often struggled when matched up with those type of players in college, but he can average or better in those departments, and he has the all-around skills that few seven footers can claim. However, with Jonas Valanciunas under contract through the 2019-2020 season, it may take a while before Poeltl gets an extended chance to show the Raptors what he's fully capable of doing. He'll likely battle with Lucas Nogueira for top backup duties in the preseason, a role that won't afford the eventual winner many minutes.
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Not on injury report
CSan Antonio Spurs
May 16, 2021
Poeltl (rest) is not listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Suns, RJ Marquez of KSAT 12 San Antonio reports.
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Out Saturday
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Rest
May 14, 2021
Poeltl (rest) will miss Saturday's contest against the Suns, Ty Jager reports.
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Double-double against Kings
CSan Antonio Spurs
May 8, 2021
Poeltl scored 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and a steal in 35 minutes during Friday's win over the Kings.
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Out for rest Sunday
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Rest
May 2, 2021
Poeltl (rest) is unavailable Sunday against the 76ers, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Strong defensive performance
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 28, 2021
Poeltl collected six points (3-5 FG), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in a 116-111 loss to Miami on Wednesday.
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