Xavier Tillman

23-Year-Old ForwardF
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 35th overall pick in last season's draft, expectations were relatively low for Tillman. However, with Jaren Jackson missing most of the season due to a knee injury and Brandon Clarke taking a step back, opportunities opened up for Tillman. He started 12 of his 59 appearances and averaged 6.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 combined steals-plus-blocks in 18.4 minutes. That led to a per-game fantasy rank of 240, though he had impressive per-minute production and ranked 135th in that respect. While fantasy managers have plenty of reason to target the 22-year-old in dynasty formats, redraft leagues might be another story. He'll be definitively behind Steven Adams and Jaren Jackson this season, and he'll still need to compete for playing time with Brandon Clarke and possibly Juancho Hernangomez. Only fantasy managers in deep formats should consider drafting Tillman, and it probably only makes sense with a final pick, but the upside remains low for this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.6 million contract with the Grizzlies in November of 2020. Contract includes $1.93 million team option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Xavier Tillman Sr. was born January 12, 1999 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the son of Tanya Powell-May and Roosevelt Tillman. Tanya played college basketball at the University of Michigan, earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors and left as the program's all-timer leader in rebounds. Xavier has three older brothers and a younger sister. Tillman was 6-foot-5 when he was 14 years old and attended Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids. After two years at Forest Hills, Tillman transferred to Grand Rapids Christian. At the close of his senior year, Tillman was a finalist for the Mr. Basketball of Michigan award and was named an Associate Press Class A First Team All-State member. The 6-foot-8 forward played three years of basketball at Michigan State (2017-2020) before declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft. Tillman studied journalism at Michigan State. Fans can follow the former Spartan on Twitter @Rookiedunker. Tilliam attended Michigan State for three years from 2017 to 2020. As a freshman, he came off the bench and posted a modest 2.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game. At the end of the season, he was the recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player Award and co-recipient of the Unsung Player Award. As a sophomore, Tillman started the last 14 of 39 games and increased his production to 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 24.0 minutes per contest. He was also named the 2019 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and helped the Spartans reach the Final Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Tillman was a regular starter for MSU during the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season and averaged a double-double of 13.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. He led the team in rebounds and blocks and with Cassius Winston led the squad to a 22-9 record, before declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft.

Takes seat for Game 4
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 9, 2022
Tillman isn't starting Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors.
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Tillman has started the last six contests for the Grizzlies, but Memphis will switch up the starting five with Ja Morant (knee) ruled out for this one. The Michigan State product should still see a sizeable workload Monday evening.
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Staying in 2020 NBA draft
FFree Agent
August 4, 2020
Tillman confirmed Monday he will remain eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft and plans to hire an agent.
ANALYSIS
The Michigan State center had announced in late March that he would be exploring his draft prospects before making a final decision, and he's apparently gathered enough data to determine it will be worth his while to go pro at this point. Tillman, who averaged 13.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.2 steals over 31 games in his 2019-20 junior campaign, has some limitations as an outside shooter, but he's also lauded for his physical interior defense and basketball IQ.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Selected early in the second round of the 2020 draft by Sacramento, Tillman was immediately traded to Memphis. He played three years at Michigan State, providing his strongest season in 2019-20. In his final year with the Spartans, Tillman put up a huge stat line of 13.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.2 steals per game as a full-time starter, getting it done on both ends of the court. Tillman has got plenty of potential heading into his rookie season, but he'll have a difficult time finding the court in the Grizzlies' talented frontcourt. Tillman will clearly play behind Jaren Jackson, Brandon Clarke and Jonas Valanciunas, and he'll compete with the likes of Gorgui Dieng and Jontay Porter for minutes off the bench. Tillman is an interesting dynasty prospect, but he's not a player to target in redraft formats in leagues of any size this season.
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Starting Game 4
FMemphis Grizzlies
April 23, 2022
Tillman will start Game 4 against the Timberwolves on Saturday, Alan Horton of the Timberwolves Radio Network reports.
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Efficient off bench
FMemphis Grizzlies
April 19, 2022
Tillman provided 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 FT) and seven rebounds in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 124-96 win over Minnesota.
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Meager output in loss
FMemphis Grizzlies
April 11, 2022
Tillman closed with five points (2-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two steals over 35 minutes during Sunday's 139-110 loss to the Celtics.
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Starting Sunday
FMemphis Grizzlies
April 10, 2022
Tillman is starting Sunday's game against the Celtics, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.
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Garners first start of season
FMemphis Grizzlies
April 1, 2022
Tillman is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Suns, Rob Fischer of Bally Sports Southeast reports.
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