Domantas Sabonis

Domantas Sabonis

28-Year-Old CenterC
Sacramento Kings
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Domantas Sabonis in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a four-year, $186.02 million renegotiated contract extension with the Kings in July of 2023.
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Domantas Sabonis was born in Portland, Oregon in 1996 while his father Arvydas was playing for the Trail Blazers. Domantas started his professional career as a 16-year-old in Spain and later in Greece, but he never signed a contract with a salary in order to maintain his amateur status for the NCAA, which led to two seasons of ball at Gonzaga University. After appearing in numerous FIBA youth tournaments, Sabonis debuted for the Lituanian national team in 2015. By competing against Australia, he became the all-time youngest Lithuanian to debut in a game representing the primary men's national team. He was also a member of the Lithuanian team at EuroBasket 2015 and the 2016 Olympics. Fans can follow Sabonis on Instagram and Twitter (@Dsabonis11). Domantas Sabonis started his pre-NBA career in Spain, playing 35 games for Unicaja Malaga, averaging 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest for the Spanish outfit while maintaining his amateur status. Sabonis then moved to the United States, where he played two years (2014-2016) of collegiate basketball for Gonzaga University. Sabonis immediately stepped into an important role in his first year at Gonzaga, averaging 9.7 points and 7.1 rebounds while coming off the bench in all but one of the 38 games he appeared. Sabonis entered the next season on the Wooden Award Preseason watch list. He justified the hype by averaging 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in 38 games for the Zags, 31 of them starts. In recognition of his efforts, Sabonis earned All-West Coast Conference and NABC All-District First Team honors. He was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American and became an NCAA All-Tournament Midwest Region selection. Sabonis left Gonzaga after his sophomore season with the highest field goal percentage (.632) in school history.

Loaded line in loss
CSacramento Kings
April 20, 2024
Sabonis produced 23 points (9-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 14 rebounds, seven assists, one block and three steals over 42 minutes during Friday's 105-98 Play-In loss to the Hornets.
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Sabonis tacked on a couple more double-doubles in the postseason, but he and the Kings will go no further this season. Sabonis may not contribute across the board like some other top-tier fantasy assets, but it's tough to ignore the 19.4 points, league-leading 13.7 rebounds and career-high 8.2 assists he averaged over 82 appearances during the 2023-24 campaign.
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This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
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    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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True Shooting %
63.7%
 
Effective Field Goal %
60.9%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
8.1%
 
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38.9%
 
Offensive Rebound %
11.0%
 
Defensive Rebound %
32.4%
 
Total Rebound %
21.4%
 
Assist %
34.0%
 
Steal %
1.1%
 
Block %
1.5%
 
Turnover %
12.3%
 
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0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
49.3
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
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Sabonis was a pillar of consistency during the 2022-23 season, finishing as a second-round talent, putting up averages of 19.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists. He played in 79 games, a theme that saw the Kings reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The 7.3 assists per game marked a career-high for Sabonis, as did his 61.5 percent from the field. The Kings are fully invested in Sabonis and are looking to build a contending squad around both him and De'Aaron Fox. His defensive production remains a moot point, averaging just 1.3 combined steals and blocks last season. While this is unlikely to change, it probably prevents him from ever cracking the first round in standard fantasy leagues. With that said, his ability to deliver assists from the center position, as well as elite rebounding numbers, should ensure he remains a second-round lock heading into the 2023-24 campaign.
Sabonis provides a rare skillset for a player of his size. He's a walking double-double, averaging at least 18.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in each of the last three seasons. Although he doesn't provide much in the way of blocks, he makes up for it with his ability to rack up assists. He averaged a career-high 6.7 dimes during the 2020-21 season, further cementing himself as a top fantasy option. The Pacers decided it was time to move on from him, though, sending him to the Kings before the trade deadline last season. The Kings hoped he could help propel them to the playoffs, but they fell short yet again. Sabonis was not the reason they failed in their mission, considering he averaged 18.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists over 15 games with the team. He'll now have a full offseason to adjust to his new surroundings and will be playing alongside another shot maker in Keegan Murray, who is expected to immediately step in as a significant contributor from behind the arc during his rookie season. The Kings also added Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk, two additional shooters who could boost Sabonis' assist totals. Sabonis has one of the highest floors in fantasy among big men, making him an excellent selection in the second or third round of drafts.
The 2020-21 season marked Sabonis' second straight All-Star appearance, and he managed to improve his numbers nearly across the board. In 36.0 minutes per game, the big man averaged 20.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 combined steals-plus-blocks. He also shot 53.5 percent from the field while hitting 0.8 threes per game at a passable 32.1 percent -- not bad considering he significantly increased his volume. His 73.2 percent mark from the charity stripe was fine for a big man, as well. Those numbers came together to help Sabonis rank 18th in fantasy on a per-game basis -- a significant jump from his 2019-20 rank of 42nd. At 25 years old, Sabonis still has potential to add to his game. The most obvious steps for him are a better three-point stroke and improved defense, though 1.2 steals per game is a fine number for a power foward/center. The Pacers didn't make any drastic moves during the offseason, so they'll essentially be bringing back the same team. A coaching change occurred, but it's unlikely that will bring about a drastic change in Sabonis' role as the offensive hub. There's a path for Sabonis to remain stagnant or take a small step back if Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert and TJ Warren all stay healthy and are as potent offensively as they've shown to be in the past. However, fantasy managers should feel safe that Sabonis will continue to stuff the stat sheet. Given the situation, he makes for a solid late-second or early-third-round target in most fantasy leagues.
Sabonis was named an All-Star for the first time in 2019-20, improving essentially all of his stats from the year prior. He became a full-time starter and averaged 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 54.0 percent from the field and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line. The big man also collected 50 double-doubles and four triple-doubles across 62 appearances. While questions swirl about his fit with Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo's desire to remain with the franchise, Sabonis seems to be the focal point of the team. His role should be extremely safe heading into 2020-21, and at just 24 years old, Sabonis might be able to take some strides in his game -- especially in three-point shooting (25.4 percent on 1.1 attempts per game) and defense (just 1.3 combined steals-plus-blocks). Considering he ranked 42nd in fantasy (per-game, eight-category), he'll likely be a popular selection in the third and fourth rounds of most drafts.
Sabonis once again found himself coming off the bench for the Pacers, starting only five of the 74 games that he appeared in. He averaged 25 minutes a game, which was identical to his average from the previous season. However, he was able to increase his scoring average from 11.6 to 14.1 points per game on the strength of his 59 percent shooting from the field. His usage rate also increased from 22.1% to 23.5%. The scoring column wasn't his only area of improvement, either, since he set a new career-high by averaging 9.3 rebounds per contest. The downside is that he doesn't provide many defensive stats or three-pointers, which somewhat limits his upside. His 71.5% shooting from the charity stripe won't kill fantasy teams, but he could stand to improve in that area, as well. But with Thaddeus Young now a member of the Bulls, Sabonis could find himself starting next to Myles Turner. A potential increase in playing time gives Sabonis the ability to approach a double-double on a nightly basis while shooting a great percentage from the field and passing the ball well for a big man (4.2 assists per 36 minutes last season). If Sabonis can crack the 30-minute mark, he'll be one of the more valuable big men in fantasy.
Sabonis was dealt to Indiana in the Paul George trade and was forced to transition into a reserve role after spending much of his rookie year with the Thunder as a starter. However, his status as a bench player didn't matter much and he ended up averaging 24.5 minutes per game, up from 20.1 minutes a year prior. That translated to career highs across the board, finishing with 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He also shot a very respectable 51.4 percent from the field and had the ability to knock down a three-pointer (35.1%) when left open. Looking forward to the upcoming campaign, the Pacers let both Al Jefferson and Trevor Booker walk, but then picked up Kyle O'Quinn during free agency. After Sabonis spent most of last season playing center, O'Quinn's addition could prompt Indiana to use him more at power forward. Either way, Sabonis is still just 22 years old and has plenty of upside, so the Pacers should make every effort to give him plenty of run off the bench. His production from last season is likely a good baseline for Sabonis' projected value, but that likely limits his utility to those in deeper leagues looking for help in the points and rebound categories.
Sabonis, a rookie during the 2016-17 campaign, was dealt from the Thunder (along with Victor Oladipo) to the Pacers in the summer of 2017 in the trade that sent Paul George to Oklahoma City. Sabonis had an underwhelming debut season, though garnered a solid 20.1 minutes per game. In those minutes, the 6-foot-11 forward/center posted 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 51-for-159 (32.1 percent) from deep. Though he was more of a traditional big in college -- taking mid-range face-up jumpers and executing post moves with patience, strength a good footwork – the Thunder seemed to believe it was better for him to develop three-point range, despite taking just 14 threes during his two seasons at Gonzaga. It’s tough to predict if Indiana will feel the same way about his game, though it’s doubtful they’ll want him to stop shooting threes all together. Regardless, Sabonis projects to be a reserve frontcourt player behind the likes of Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young, as well as possibly Al Jefferson and Bojan Bogdanovic. For that reason, it’s far from a guarantee that Sabonis will match his workload from last season, making him a risky pickup in any Fantasy format and ultimately someone who can probably be ignored.
The son of international great and former Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis, Domantas rose up draft boards as the evaluation process unfolded this spring, ultimately going 11th overall to the Thunder, who acquired the pick from the Magic in the Serge Ibaka deal. Sabonis' floor compares favorably to that of some of the other big men in the late lottery and middle of the first round, without carrying the same kind of bust potential. Sabonis' numbers as a sophomore at Gonzaga were outstanding, as he averaged 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in 31.6 minutes per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the line. Since he lacks a lengthy wingspan and hasn't shown much shot-blocking ability, Sabonis doesn't figure to see much time at center in the NBA, which is just as well for the Thunder with Steven Adams and Enes Kanter around to fill the minutes at that position. If his playing time patterns in the preseason are any indication, the Thunder could end up utilizing Sabonis as their starting power forward, but with veterans Ersan Ilyasova and Joffrey Lauvergne in the fold, it's likely that he won't benefit from an enhanced workload most nights. Moreover, he's unlikely to see much usage offensively while he shares the floor with Adams, Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo. While Sabonis' ceiling for his rookie year production may be a bit limited, he still offers some intriguing long-term potential, particularly if he's able to develop into a reliable three-point shooter at the NBA level. That's certainly within the realm of possibility given his blood lines, and the fact that he's already shown some aptitude from the free-throw line and mid-range.
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Sniffs triple-double in key win
CSacramento Kings
April 15, 2024
Sabonis ended with 18 points (7-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds and nine assists over 27 minutes during Sunday's 121-82 win over the Trail Blazers.
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Sniffs triple-double in loss
CSacramento Kings
April 13, 2024
Sabonis logged 25 points (9-18 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 12 rebounds, nine assists and two steals across 42 minutes during Friday's 108-107 loss to the Suns.
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Records 75th double-double
CSacramento Kings
April 12, 2024
Sabonis racked up 18 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals over 35 minutes during Thursday's 135-123 loss to the Pelicans.
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Just misses triple-double Sunday
CSacramento Kings
April 8, 2024
Sabonis totaled 18 points (7-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 20 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and one steal across 35 minutes during Sunday's 107-77 victory over the Nets.
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Double-double streak still alive
CSacramento Kings
April 4, 2024
Sabonis registered 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds, seven assists and one block in 36 minutes during Thursday's 120-109 loss to the Knicks.
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Headlines Lithuania's Olympic squad
CSacramento Kings
May 29, 2024
Sabonis is one of the names that stands out on the Lithuanian national team roster for the 2024 Olympics, according to Johnny Askounis of Eurohoops.
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Sabonis had an outstanding season in 2023-24 playing for the Kings, as he averaged 19.4 points, 13.7 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game while also leading the league in double-doubles, with 77, and triple-doubles, with 26. It's unclear whether his elite offensive skill set will translate to the FIBA game, as several other NBA stars have had issues adjusting in the past, but even if that's not the case, Sabonis' role as Lithuania's go-to player on offense in Paris shouldn't be under any question.
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