Josh Hart
Josh Hart
25-Year-Old GuardG
New Orleans Pelicans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hart was a complementary component of the offseason blockbuster trade with the Lakers that also saw Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram land in New Orleans. Hart's outlook for the coming season is decidedly murkier than that of his pair of teammates. To begin with, he's recovering from late-March right patellar tendon surgery as training camp approaches. Additionally, the third-year pro is somewhat buried on the depth chart at the three spots he's projected for potential time in -- point guard, shooting guard and small forward. Hart does bring plenty of experience for a player with a relatively brief professional tenure, as he logged four full college seasons at Villanova before averaging over 20 minutes per contest over his first two pro campaigns in Los Angeles. A smooth shooter during the majority of that span, Hart disappointingly saw his overall success rate from the field tumble to 40.7 percent last season, although he maintained a respectable 33.6 percent mark from three-point range. The 24-year-old is also a solid rebounder, serviceable distributor and pesky defender, so he's capable of rewarding fantasy managers with contributions in multiple categories. If he can prove his health and fit into a fast-paced Pelicans system that's similar to the one he played in with the Lakers, Hart should certainly be able to progressively carve out a solid second-unit role. However, it remains to be seen if he can approximate the 25.6 minutes he logged over 67 games prior to his injury last season with New Orleans arguably sporting a deeper overall depth chart at the positions Hart is capable of filling. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.05 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2017. Lakers exercised $1.93 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Traded to the Pelicans in July of 2019. Pelicans exercised $3.49 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Josh Hart was born in 1995 in Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington D.C. He is the son of Moses and Pat Hart and has an older brother and older sister. Hart stayed in the D.C. area for high school and attended Sidwell Friends School. As a senior at Sidwell Friends, Hart averaged 24.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game and lead the team to a 22-9 record. He was a first-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post. Hart graduated from Villanova with a degree in Communications. His is a big fan of the television show The Office. The high-scoring guard hosts his own podcast called the Light Harted Podcast, which features interviews with top performers in sports, entertainment, business and tech. Hart is also an avid video gamer, enjoys Call of Duty and streams his play on his own Twitch channel (JHartShow). Fans can also follow him on Twitter (@joshhart).

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Over his four seasons with Villanova, Hart filled a variety of roles. As a freshman in 2013-14, he backed up James Bell and Darrun Hilliard to provide 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. The team went 16-2 in the Big East and earned a two-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Hart had 11 points and seven rebounds in the first round tourney win over Milwaukee. The 6-foot-5 guard continued to come off the bench as a sophomore and was tied for second in scoring on the Wildcats with 10.1 points per game. He was also the Most Outstanding Player of the 2015 Big East Tournament with 17.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Hart moved into the starting lineup as a junior and led the team with 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. He had eight double-doubles during the season and was named to the All-Big East First Team. Villanova won the 2016 National Championship and was aided by Hart's 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per NCAA Tournament game. As a senior, Hart was a First-Team All-American. He averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. The guard connected on 40.4 percent of his three-pointers. On Dec. 3 of 2016, Hart registered a triple-double in a win over St. Joseph's. He closed his college career as the 10th-leading scorer and 14th-leading rebounder in Wildcat history.

Shakes off injury
GNew Orleans Pelicans
August 13, 2020
Hart (knee) will play and start in Thursday's season finale against the Magic, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
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Hart came into the contest as a game-time call, but as evidenced by this news, he won't miss the final game of the season. With Jrue Holiday (elbow), Zion Williamson (knee) and Brandon Ingram (knee) already ruled out, Hart could end up seeing plenty of action if he sees meaningful minutes.
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2018

Hart began his second season in the NBA on a tear. The Villanova product scored in double digits in each of his first five games, dropping 20 against Portland in the season opener on Oct. 18 and San Antonio four days later. Hart scored a season-high 22 points on Dec. 30 in a victory over San Antonio. He also eclipsed the 20-point plateau versus Minnesota on Nov. 7 when he scored 21 in a 114-110 win. He counted his 1,000th career point on Mar. 9 against Boston. He'd also string together a streak of six consecutive games where he scored in double-digits around the holidays, starting with an 11-point outing against Memphis on Dec. 23 and concluding with 13 versus Oklahoma City on Jan. 2. It was in that matchup with the Thunder where Hart also grabbed a career-high 15 boards. He quickly rebounded after the streak ended, scoring 10 points against Minnesota on Jan. 6 and 14 versus Dallas on Jan. 7 to make it eight out of nine games in double figures. Hart also dished a season-high six assists and five steals in that last outing. He was eventually slowed by knee problems, which forced him to undergo surgery and miss the final 11 contests. He finished his sophomore campaign averaging 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists while playing 25.6 minutes per game.

2017

Josh Hart was drafted with the 30th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2017 NBA Draft. He made his NBA Debut on Oct. 20 with a brief two minute run during a win at Phoenix. Hart scored his first NBA points two nights later when he posted five points, four rebounds and one assist over 15 minutes during a home loss to the Pelicans. The Villanova product appeared in 11 straight games before a being assigned to the G-League South Bay Lakers for two games. Hart averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.5 steals in two G-League games for South Bay before returning to Los Angeles. On Dec. 14, Hart earned his first NBA start and double-doubled via 11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block during a loss at Cleveland. From Dec. 14 to Feb. 26, Hart started 20 of the Lakers' 34 games and posted 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. But on Feb. 28, Hart suffered a broken left finger during practice that required surgery. The finger injury forced Hart to miss 14 games. He returned Mar. 30 and again double-doubled with 13 points, 13 rebounds and block during close home loss to Milwaukee. In the last game of the season, an Apr. 11 win over the Clippers, the rookie scored a season-high 30 points and added five boards, five assists and one steal. The Lakers finished at 35-47 and missed the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 3, 2017
    Signed a rookie contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Lonzo Ball, De'Andre Hunter, Brandon Ingram, cash, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2023 1st round draft pick and a 2024 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Lakers traded Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a 2022 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards; the Pelicans traded Anthony Davis to the Lakers; and the Wizards traded cash to the Pelicans.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hart, after four seasons at Villanova, was the 30th overall pick in last year’s draft. During his senior campaign, he was given the Julius Erving (Best Small Forward) Award, averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals. He also flashed impressive range, hitting 2.1 threes per tilt at 40.4 percent. Hart posted 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest for the Lakers during his rookie campaign, but was especially impressive towards the end of the year. During his final 18 appearances (13 starts), he averaged 14.1 points (50.6 FG%, 44.0 3P%), 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal across 33.3 minutes -- showing off the potential he demonstrated in college. However, he was given that workload largely due to a myriad of injuries on the Lakers. That factor, combined with LeBron James (plus other veterans) joining the team, could result in Hart trending closer to 20 minutes per game rather than 30. Assuming that’s the case, the second-year man can probably be avoided in most standard Fantasy formats.
After leading Villanova to a national title the year before, Hart had an impressive follow-up campaign with the Wildcats as a senior, averaging 18.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting above 40 percent from 3-point range for the second time in his college career. That production was enough to keep him in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, with the Jazz selecting the shooting guard with the 30th overall pick before trading him to the Lakers. Hart was limited to just two appearances in the Las Vegas Summer League due to an ankle sprain, but he should be back to full health by the time training camp rolls around. While Hart will be given a chance to compete for a rotation spot in the preseason, he'll likely find himself behind at least Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson on the depth chart right away, making it more likely than not that the 22-year-old rides the bench early on as a professional in between stints with the G League's South Bay Lakers.
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Questionable for finale
GNew Orleans Pelicans
Knee
August 12, 2020
Hart is questionable for Thursday's seeding game finale against the Magic due to right knee soreness.
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Starting Tuesday
GNew Orleans Pelicans
August 11, 2020
Hart will start Tuesday's matchup against the Kings.
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Productive effort off bench
GNew Orleans Pelicans
August 3, 2020
Hart registered 15 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and seven rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench during Monday's 109-99 win over the Grizzlies.
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Logs 20 minutes in return
GNew Orleans Pelicans
July 27, 2020
Hart (face) collected seven points (2-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes during Monday's 124-103 scrimmage win over the Bucks.
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Sidelined Saturday
GNew Orleans Pelicans
Face
July 25, 2020
Hart is not expected to play in Saturday's scrimmage versus the Nuggets after undergoing a minor dental procedure.
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