Royce O'Neale
Royce O'Neale
28-Year-Old ForwardF
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.

Double-doubles in loss
FUtah Jazz
June 19, 2021
O'Neale had 21 points (8-12 FG, 4-6 3pt, 1-1 FT) and 10 rebounds in Friday's 131-119 loss to the Clippers.
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O'Neale had one of his best games of the year, as he recorded just his fourth double-double of the year and had a season-high 21 points. The 28-year-old isn't typically known for scoring, but he improved his scoring average by over four points in 11 playoff games this year. A large reason for that was his shooting improvement, as he shot 46.7 percent from three and 50.6 percent overall from the field. It's unrealistic to hold him to these shooting standards heading into next season, but he's definitely shown his potential after stepping up in the playoffs.
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2020

O'Neale played in 71 games during his fourth season in the NBA. The 28-year-old averaged 7.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.8 steals in 31.6 minutes per game. The Baylor product shot 44.4 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from three and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line. O'Neale scored double-digit points 22 times and 20-plus points twice, including a season-high 21 during Game 6 of the second-round series against the Clippers. During the contest, he notched a double-double adding 10 rebounds and one assist across 42 minutes of action. The 6-foot-4 forward went 8-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 from downtown during his season-high 21 points. The ex-Bear grabbed double-digit rebounds 17 times including a season-high 14 against the Kings on April 10. He also dished out multiple assists 59 times, including a season-high six on three occasions. Defensively, O'Neale registered at least one steal in 44 games, at least two steals in 18 games and at least three steals in six games, including a season-high four against the Grizzlies in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs. He also blocked multiple shots in five games, including a season-high three in a 112-94 win over the Heat on Feb. 13.

2019

O'Neale appeared in 71 of Utah's 72 regular-season games in 2019-20, making 62 starts. The versatile small forward posted per-game career highs in points (6.3), rebounds (5.5), steals (0.8), three-pointers (1.3), blocks (0.5) and minutes played (28.9). He opened the season on Oct. 23 with 14 points, five boards and two triples during a home win over the Thunder. O'Neale scored in double figures 16 times over the course of the season. On Mar. 9, the forward scored a season-high 15 points to go with seven boards, two assists, a steal and a block in a loss to the Raptors. In the Orlando bubble on Aug. 3, O'Neale grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, plus collected four steals, in a loss to the Lakers. Two nights later he matched his season-high with 15 points, plus seven boards and three dimes, in a win over the Grizzlies. O'Neale finished the regular season ranked ninth in the NBA in Defensive Box Plus/Minus (2.2). He started all seven of Utah's playoff games, averaging 5.6 points, 5.4 boards, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.3 steals. In Game 2 of the playoffs against the Nuggets, O'Neale stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal and two blocks. He went on to score 10 points with four boards, three assists and three steals in Game 5.

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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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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Teases double-double in victory
FUtah Jazz
May 31, 2021
O'Neale closed with nine points (3-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt), nine rebounds, three steals and one assist in 35 minutes during Monday's 120-113 victory over Memphis.
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Remains hot from beyond arc
FUtah Jazz
May 30, 2021
O'Neale posted 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-7 3Pt), seven rebounds and a steal across 32 minutes in Saturday's 121-111 win over the Grizzlies.
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Impressive in Game 2
FUtah Jazz
May 27, 2021
O'Neale posted 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-6 3Pt), eight rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 141-129 Game 2 win over the Grizzlies.
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Cleared to play
FUtah Jazz
April 30, 2021
O'Neale (wrist) is available for Friday's game against the Suns.
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Questionable Friday
FUtah Jazz
Wrist
April 29, 2021
O'Neale (wrist) is questionable for Friday's game against Phoenix.
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