Omari Spellman
Omari Spellman
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Minnesota Timberwolves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Spellman, Atlanta's first-round pick just a season ago, will play for Golden State after being traded for Damian Jones and a second-round pick. The forward from Villanova averaged just 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.5 minutes, playing a small role as a rookie. He appeared in just 46 games due to injury, but he expects to be fully healthy for the upcoming campaign. Spellman showed promise at Villanova as a capable defender and rebounder with an outside shot. He'll likely be employed as floor-spacer in Golden State, though his usage may be low. The Warriors have a crowded frontcourt that includes Willie Cauley-Stein, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney. Add in the fact that Golden State typically uses a multi-player rotation at center, and Spellman's opportunities could certainly be lacking. He's avoidable in most fantasy leagues this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.52 million contract with the Hawks in July of 2018. Traded to the Warriors in July of 2019. Warriors exercised $1.99 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019. Traded to the Timberwolves in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Omari Spellman was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a younger brother, Arashma Parks, and a younger sister, Taiyier Park. Both have played college basketball: Arashma for Temple University and Taiyier for Michigan State. Spellman bounced around between multiple high schools. As a sophomore at North Royalton High School in North Royalton, Ohio, he averaged 22 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Spellman then attended the MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts, for his junior year before ending up at St. Thomas More in Montville, Connecticut, as a senior. In 2015-16, he averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game for St. Thomas More. He was selected to play in the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic, during which he posted 12 points and 15 rebounds. During his free time, Spellman writes poetry and is working on a novel. Learn more about Spellman by following him on Twitter (@Omarispellman) and on Instagram (@omarispellman).

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As a 6-foot-9 freshman, Spellman played for the Wildcat team that won the 2018 National Championship. The Ohio native had to sit out a season as a partial academic qualifier and was able to lose more than 50 pounds. He started all but one game and opened the season with a double-double, the first of 11 during the campaign. Spellman had a season-high 27 points in a win over Temple and topped 20 points once more during the season. In the six-game run to the championship in the NCAA Tournament, Spellman hit 12 three-pointers and averaged 11.5 points and 8.8 rebounds, improving upon his season averages of 10.9 points and 8.0 rebounds. His awards included Big East Rookie of the Year and NCAA Tournament All-Region. The forward declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 30th overall pick.

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FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
March 12, 2020
Spellman registered 19 points (8-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 128-126 win over the Vipers.
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Spellman has looked impressive for the Wolves and was doing enough to be considered for a promotion to the Timberwolves roster. However, it's unclear when he and the rest of the Wolves will be able to take the floor again, however, as the G League has suspended its season indefinitely amid coronavirus concerns.
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2019

In his first season with the Warriors, Spellman appeared in 31 of Golden State's first 32 games and supplied 6.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.6 three-pointers per contest. He made his Warriors debut on opening night (Oct. 24), playing 11 minutes and finishing with eight points and five rebounds. He scored in double-figures for the first time on Nov. 6 in Houston, posting 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in just 18 minutes. In Utah on Nov. 22, Spellman went for 18 points and five rebounds. On Jan. 4, Spellman scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed four steals in a loss to the Pistons. Then, from Jan. 10 to Jan. 14, Spellman started in three straight games and posted 13.0 points and 4.3 boards per game in that span. On Feb. 6, Spellman, along with D'Angelo Russell and Jacob Evans, was traded to Minnesota. Spellman did not appear in a game for the Timberwolves, though he saw action in seven contests for the Iowa Wolves of the G League. In 31.1 minutes per game, Spellman averaged 19.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks.

2018

Omari Spellman was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 30th pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft. As a rookie, he appeared in 46 games for the Hawks and three games for the G League Erie Bayhawks. Spellman started in 11 of his Atlanta Hawk appearances. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per tilt at the NBA level. He shot 40.2 percent from the field, including 34.4 percent from beyond the arc. Spellman had four double-doubles as a rookie. On Nov. 7, Spellman posted as career-high 18 points against the New York Knicks. From Dec. 31 to Jan. 4, the Villanova product played in three G League games for Erie. Over those three contests, he averaged a double-double with 16.3 points and 12.3 boards per contest for the Bayhawks. During his NBA time, Spellman dished out four assists on two occasions. He had seven games with three or more steals-plus-blocks. Spellman's Hawks finished with a record of 29-53 and missed the postseason. The forward has one more year left on his rookie contract, which also includes a team option for an additional season.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2018
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • July 8, 2019
    Traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Golden State Warriors for Damian Jones and a 2026 2nd-round draft pick.
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded by the Golden State Warriors with D'Angelo Russell and Jacob Evans to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and draft consideration.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Spellman declared for the 2018 NBA Draft after just one season at Villanova. The 6-foot-9 big man was part of a loaded roster, which likely played a part in him averaging just 10.8 points per game. That said, Spellman was still outstanding on the glass (8.0 rebounds per game) and averaged 1.5 blocks, so he was a capable rim protector despite being undersized. In addition, he was able to hit 1.6 three-pointers per contest and finished with an impressive 43.4 percent clip from beyond the arc, so Spellman does have the floor-spacing ability that NBA teams covet from big men. His production in just one year of college ball earned Spellman a selection with the final pick of the first-round of this year's draft. The 21-year-old now joins a fairly crowded frontcourt rotation in Atlanta that has rising star John Collins locked in at power forward and Dewayne Dedmon reclaiming his top spot at center. With Alex Len also being signed in the offseason, Spellman's quickest path to playing time will likely be at the four. Still, considering the aforementioned bodies, Spellman is only expected to see the floor in a complementary capacity as a rookie and isn't going to be a Fantasy contributor in the bulk of leagues. Look for the 2018-19 campaign to be a developmental one for Spellman.
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Records triple-double
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
March 10, 2020
Spellman posted 18 points (6-15 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT) ,14 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes during Sunday's 115-112 loss to Santa Cruz.
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Struggles from field
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
March 3, 2020
Spellman posted 13 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes during Saturday's 122-107 loss to the Oklahoma City Blue.
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Nears double-double
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
February 25, 2020
Spellman notched 32 points (11-20 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks during Sunday's 152-148 loss to the South Bay Lakers.
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Goes for 20 points
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
February 22, 2020
Spellman notched 20 points (8-20 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 1-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 105-93 loss against Salt Lake City.
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Accepts G League assignment
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
February 12, 2020
Minnesota assigned Spellman to the G League's Iowa Wolves on Wednesday.
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