Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
23-Year-Old CenterC
San Antonio Spurs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.52 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2016. Raptors exercised $2.95 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Traded to the Spurs in July of 2018. Spurs exercised $3.75 million team option for 2019-20 in September of 2018.
Meager numbers in start
CSan Antonio Spurs
February 10, 2019
Poeltl put up eight points (4-5 FG), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 24 minutes Saturday in the Spurs' 125-105 loss to the Jazz.
Poeltl drew his second start in as many games with Rudy Gay (ankle) sitting out. Even if Gay's injury proves to be a multi-game concern that allows Poeltl to stick on the top unit, he probably won't offer much appeal as a punt play in DFS. Over his eight starts this season, Poeltl is averaging just 3.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 17.4 minutes per game.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Starting Saturday
CSan Antonio Spurs
February 9, 2019
Poeltl will start at center Saturday against the Jazz, Jabari Young of The Athletic reports.
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Season-high assists in loss
CSan Antonio Spurs
February 7, 2019
Poeltl compiled seven points (3-4 FG, 1-1 FT), six assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 141-102 loss to Golden State.
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Starting Wednesday
CSan Antonio Spurs
February 6, 2019
Poeltl will start Wednesday's game against Golden State, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Plays seven minutes in win
CSan Antonio Spurs
February 2, 2019
Poeltl pitched in two points (1-1 FG), two rebounds, two assists, and one block in seven minutes during Saturday's 113-108 win over the Pelicans.
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Shines defensively in win
CSan Antonio Spurs
January 17, 2019
Poeltl put up six points (3-3 FG), seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block across 20 minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Spurs' 105-101 win over the Mavericks.
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