Yuta Watanabe
Yuta Watanabe
26-Year-Old ForwardF
Toronto Raptors
GTD
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 5/6/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year contract with the Raptors in April of 2021.
Personal Bio

Watanabe was born in 1994 in Kagawa, Japan. Both of his parents played in Japan's top basketball leagues. Before coming to the United States, he led Jinsei Gakuen High School to second place in the 2010 and 2011 All-Japan Tournaments. He moved to the USA in 2013, playing his only scholastic season in the States at St. Thomas More High School in Connecticut. In signing with George Washington University, Watanabe became the first Japanese-born student-athlete to earn an NCAA Division I men's basketball scholarship. During college, he majored in Japanese Language and Literature. Fans can check out Watanabe on Instagram (@yutawatanabe12).

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Watanabe was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year in his senior year at George Washington for the 2017-18 season. As a junior in 2016-17, he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team. The Kagawa, Japan native was third in the Atlantic 10 in blocks (54) and blocks per game (1.6) in his senior season. Along with those categories, Watanabe led George Washington in points per game (16.3), defensive rebounds per game (4.8) and field goals per game (5.8). Watanabe was not selected in the 2018 NBA Draft. He signed a contract with the Nets not long after in the summer of 2018.

Probable for Thursday
FToronto Raptors
Ankle
May 5, 2021
Watanabe (ankle) is listed as Blake Murphy of The Athleticagainst the Wizards on Thursday.
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Watanabe is expected to play Thursday after injuring his ankle Tuesday against the Clippers. The 26-year-old received a season-high 30 minutes against the Clippers in his second start of the season. While the forward struggled shooting, he did manage to grab two steals and an important offensive rebound. Expect Watanabe's minutes to drop back down as the main reason he got the start was because of Kyle Lowry's back injury.
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2019

The 2019-20 season marked Watanabe's second year in the league and with the Grizzlies. He appeared in 18 games, averaging 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.8 minutes. He managed career highs in both field-goal percentage (44.1) and three-point percentage (37.5). The 6-foot-8 forward scored a season-high nine points against the 76ers on Feb. 7, also accumulating one rebound, one assist and a steal in 12 minutes. Watanabe recorded a season-high three rebounds on Dec. 14 against the Wizards and achieved the feat again Feb. 26 against the Rockets. Against the Rockets, he also racked up a season-high two assists. Ultimately, Watanable spent much of the season in the G League, where he made 22 appearances (all starts) for the Memphis Hustle. In 32.7 minutes per contest, he averaged 17.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. The George Washington product also shot very efficiently, converting 54.6 percent of his field goals, 36.4 percent of his threes and 81.6 percent of his free throws. For the Hustle, he ranked third in win shares per 48 minutes (.126) of players who saw at least 500 total minutes for the club.

2018

Watanabe split his rookie season between the Grizzlies and their G-League affiliate, Memphis Hustle. In 15 NBA games, the forward would average 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds. He would see more action during the second half of the year. Watanabe would record his best scoring effort with 10 points at OKC on Feb. 7. He'd also set a season-high of five rebounds in that contest. Watanabe registered two assists on two occasions. He also recorded at least one steal in four different appearances. Watanabe performed well with the Hustle in 33 matchups and would start 32 times. He'd post averages of 14.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. Watanabe also shot 43.6 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range, and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line.

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Transaction History
  • July 20, 2018
    Signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Grizzlies.
  • November 27, 2020
    Signed a one-year, $1.62 million contract with the Raptors.
  • December 20, 2020
    Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Raptors.
  • April 19, 2021
    Signed a two-year contract with the Raptors.
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Underwhelms in spot start
FToronto Raptors
May 5, 2021
Watanabe totaled six points (2-6 FG, 2-5 3Pt), six rebounds, two steals and one assist in 30 minutes Tuesday in the Raptors' 105-100 loss to the Clippers.
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Starting for injured Lowry
FToronto Raptors
May 4, 2021
Watanabe is starting Tuesday's contest against the Clippers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Upgraded from two-way deal
FToronto Raptors
April 19, 2021
Watanabe signed a standard, two-year NBA contract with the Raptors on Monday.
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Scores career-high 21 points
FToronto Raptors
April 16, 2021
Watanabe tallied 21 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one block in 26 minutes during Friday's win over the Magic.
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Shows up with 14 points
FToronto Raptors
April 10, 2021
Watanabe posted 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt), five rebounds, an assist and a steal across 23 minutes in Saturday's 135-115 win over the Cavaliers.
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