Royce O'Neale

Royce O'Neale

28-Year-Old ForwardF
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
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Injury Ankle
Est. Return 12/3/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
O'Neale continued to improve upon his fantasy value in 2020-21, reaching a career-high per-game rank of 139. He started in all 71 of his appearances and averaged 7.0 points on 44/39/85 shooting, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 combined steals-plus-blocks in 31.6 minutes. He's one of the lowest-usage (9.9 percent) players in the NBA, but he's carved out a relatively traditional 3-and-D role that's allowed him to positively contribute to a great team. O'Neale's role shouldn't change in 2021-22. He'll presumably continue starting at power forward and see roughly 30 minutes per game. There's room for him to marginally increase his production if he becomes a better three-point shooter, but, ultimately, there are so many weapons around him in Utah that he has a capped ceiling. O'Neale makes sense as a late-round fantasy option in deep leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $36 million contract extension with the Jazz in January of 2020.
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Royce Khalil O'Neal was born in Killeen, Texas in 1993. O'Neal broke out as a high school basketball player at Killeen's Harker Heights, where he averaged 16.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a senior. That year, he led Harker Heights to a 28-6 record and a Texas 5A regional quarterfinals appearance, all while setting school records for career rebounds with 364 and recording 18 double doubles. O'Neale moved on to play the first two years of his collegiate basketball career at the University of Denver before finishing up with two more years at Baylor University. At Baylor, the general studies major was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in both seasons he played there. O'Neale was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team as a senior and made the Dean's List in the Spring of 2015. Since matriculating to the NBA, O'Neal has worked to spread a zest for basketball in his hometown of Killeen, and in 2019, he hosted a youth basketball camp at the Harker Heights gym. You can follow O'Neal on Twitter (@bucketsoneal00) and Instagram (@rolls_royce00). O'Neale played two seasons at Baylor after transferring from the University of Denver. He averaged 10.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game during the 2014-15 season. O'Neale ranked 11th in rebounds per game in the Big 12. O'Neale helped the Baylor Bears to the program's first-ever back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015. In his first season with Baylor (2013-14), he helped lead the team to the 2014 Big 12 Tournament Championship Game, which they lost to Iowa State. The Killeen, Texas resident averaged 11 points and 9.5 rebounds in the 2014 Big 12 tournament. O'Neale played professionally in Germany and Spain following his college career before signing with the Utah Jazz in July 2017 due to a clause existing in his contract with Lithuanian club Zalgiris Kaunas, a team that would've been his third franchise in Europe.

Full participant at practice
FUtah Jazz
Ankle
December 1, 2021
O'Neale (ankle) was a full participant at practice Wednesday, Sarah Todd of The Deseret News reports.
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O'Neale has missed two straight games due to a sprained right ankle, but he appears to be trending in the right direction for Friday's contest against the Celtics. As a full-time starter this year, O'Neale is averaging 7.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals across 31.0 minutes per game.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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O'Neale returned for his third season with Utah in 2019-20, and he played well enough to be signed to a four-year extension in January. The Baylor product saw his minutes jump from 20.4 in 2018-19 to 28.9 in 2019-20, and he averaged 6.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 triples. The playing time and statistics were all career highs for O'Neale, who provided 43/38/76 shooting splits as an accurate long-range shooter. He started all but nine regular-season games and every playoff game, but despite the ample opportunity, he wasn't a highly productive fantasy player. O'Neale is a jack-of-all-trades type who plays solid defense and is a much better real-life player than a fantasy asset. With Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic taking care of scoring and Rudy Gobert cleaning up on the glass, O'Neale's role and production will likely remain limited in 2020-21.
O'Neale returns to the Jazz in 2019-20, and he'll look to take on a larger role in his third season with the team. He made solid contributions for Utah in his second NBA season last year, proving to be a quality two-way option. His nightly minutes are likely solidified because of his solid defense, and though he averaged just 1.0 combined blocks/steals in 2018-19, that number goes up to 1.6 per 36 minutes. O'Neale finished 2018-19 with career highs in field goal percentage (47.5) and three-point percentage (38.6), while knocking down 1.5 triples per contest. He is an above-average rebounder as well, pulling down 6.8 boards per 36 minutes in his career and affording him a safe fantasy floor. He figures to be the top backup on the wing, and nightly minutes in the mid-20s wouldn't be surprising for the Baylor product. O'Neale will look to take the next step forward in his career in 2019-20 and continue his valuable play as a 3-and-D wing.
O'Neale, who went undrafted in 2015 out of Baylor, got his first taste of NBA action last season after spending two years overseas. He began earning consistent playing time in January, following Thabo Sefolosha’s knee surgery. Though O'Neale only averaged 16.7 minutes per game across his 69 appearances, he saw more than 30 minutes on six instances, averaging 11.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists and shooting 9-of-14 from distance in those tilts. That said, with Sefolosha returning and management drafting Grayson Allen, minutes may not be as easy to come by for O'Neale.
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Won't play Monday
FUtah Jazz
Ankle
November 29, 2021
O'Neale (ankle) is unavailable for Monday's game against the Trail Blazers, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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Questionable Monday
FUtah Jazz
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November 28, 2021
O'Neale (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game against the Trail Blazers.
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Out Saturday
FUtah Jazz
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November 27, 2021
O'Neale (ankle) is out Saturday against the Pelicans, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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Questionable Saturday
FUtah Jazz
Ankle
November 27, 2021
O'Neale (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Pelicans, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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Records three blocks, two steals
FUtah Jazz
November 27, 2021
O'Neale (ankle/foot) logged six points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds, three blocks and two steals across 32 minutes Friday during a 98-97 loss versus New Orleans.
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