Royce O'Neale
Royce O'Neale
27-Year-Old ForwardF
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $36 million contract extension with the Jazz in January of 2020.
Personal Bio

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).

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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.

Flirts with triple-double
FUtah Jazz
August 19, 2020
O'Neale chipped in nine points (3-4 FG, 3-4 3Pt), eight assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 124-105 Game 2 win against the Nuggets.
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O'Neale was outstanding, contributing across every category while showcasing his improved playmaking ability and ever-sturdy defense. His career high assist total is six, which he surpassed here on the big stage that is the postseason. O'Neale raised his assist average from 1.5 last season to 2.5 this season without committing more turnovers (0.9 per night). Moreover, the 27-year-old wing averaged 28.9 minutes across 71 regular season appearances in 2019-20 and has combined to log 67 minutes through these first two playoff matchups.
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2018

In his second year in the league and with the Jazz, Royce O'Neale further established himself as a solid 3-and-D wing player and valuable bench piece. The undrafted Baylor product played in all 82 games, starting 16 of them, and averaged 20.4 minutes per game after logging 16.7 minutes per contest in his rookie season. O'Neale made the most of his time on the floor, knocking down 1.5 three-pointers per 36 minutes at a 38.6 percent clip. He also averaged 1.2 steals per 36 minutes as well as 6.1 rebounds, which is impressive given his 6-foot-6 frame. On a per-game basis, the 26-year-old finished with averages of 5.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He logged one double-double all year, going for 16 points and 11 rebounds in a Jan. 18 win over Cleveland. His season-high for scoring season was 17 points, which he accomplished three times. O'Neale did see his playing time fluctuate somewhat all season, as he played 20 or more minutes 40 times (including 11 games with at least 30 minutes), but he also played fewer than 20 minutes 42 times (including 10 games where he saw fewer than 10 minutes on the court). The Jazz trusted O'Neale in the playoffs, however. In the final four games of a five-game series loss against Houston, he played at least 26 minutes in each contest, including more than 32 minutes in each of the last two games of the year.

2017

An undrafted free agent out of Baylor, O'Neale linked up with the Utah Jazz and ended up appearing in 69 games during his rookie campaign. O'Neale averaged 5.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in those contests, which included four starts. O'Neale shot 42.3 percent from the field, including 35.6 percent from three-point land, and scored 10 or more points on 11 occasions. He recorded a career-high 19 points against the Suns on Feb. 14, a game where he went a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown. O'Neale also appeared in 11 playoff games for the Jazz as a rookie and was particularly useful during the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets -- he averaged 30 minutes per game during that series, where he posted 10.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game. O'Neale registered 17 points in two of the last three games of the series.

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Transaction History
  • July 19, 2017
    Signed a three-year contract with the Utah Jazz
  • January 18, 2020
    Signed a four-year extension with the Jazz.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Good to go Saturday
FUtah Jazz
August 8, 2020
O'Neale (calf) is available for Saturday's game against the Nuggets.
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Probable Saturday
FUtah Jazz
Calf
August 8, 2020
The Jazz have listed O'Neale (calf) as probable for Saturday's matchup against the Nuggets, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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Ruled out Friday
FUtah Jazz
August 6, 2020
O'Neale will not play Friday against the Spurs due to a sore right calf.
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Starting Monday
FUtah Jazz
Foot
August 3, 2020
O'Neale (foot) is in the starting lineup for Monday's contest against the Lakers.
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Expected to play Monday
FUtah Jazz
Knee
August 2, 2020
O'Neale is considered probable for Monday's game against the Lakers due to a sore right foot.
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