Jakob Poeltl

Jakob Poeltl

28-Year-Old CenterC
Toronto Raptors
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Originally drafted by the Raptors ninth overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, two spots ahead of Domantas Sabonis, Poeltl wasn't able to put together that kind of All-Star career after being sent to the Spurs a couple years later in the Kawhi Leonard trade. The 27-year-old center did break out as a dependable asset at both ends of the court in 2021-22, however, and he got shipped back to Toronto at last season's trade deadline when San Antonio decided it didn't want to sign him to a long-term extension. The Raptors had no such qualms, locking him up with a four-year, $80 million contract in June. While his offensive skill set is somewhat limited, and he can be a liability at the free-throw line, Poeltl has averaged better than 12 points, nine rebounds and a block in four straight campaigns while shooting at least 61 percent from the field. He also has a reputation as a strong passer, although his usage has been such that his career high in assists is just 2.8 per game, set in 2021-22. Poeltl won't suddenly become Nikola Jokic, but the Raptors will head into next season lacking a true point guard, with Dennis Schroder replacing Fred VanVleet. Plus, new coach Darko Rajakovic's system figures to emphasize ball movement over the isolation sets that the Raptors employed too often last year. Poeltl could benefit from that change and add a few more dimes to his otherwise steady production. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $58.5 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2023. Contract includes $19.5 million player option for 2026-27.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Poeltl was born in Vienna, Austria, to Martina and Rainer Poeltl in 1995. Both of his parents were members of the Austrian national volleyball teams. He has a sister named Miriam. Poeltl took an interest in basketball at an early age and played one season for the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions of the Austrian Bundesliga in 2013-14. During that campaign, Poeltl posted per-game averages of 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots. He also played for Austria in the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. In seven contests, he averaged 15.4 points, 12.3 boards and 2.6 blocks. Poeltl was recruited by a number of United States colleges and eventually committed to play for the University of Utah. In 2016, he became the first Austrian-born player to make an appearance in the NBA. Learn more about Poeltl by following him on Instagram (@jakob). Poeltl was named the 2015-16 Pac-12 Player of the Year while at Utah. He was also named to the 2015-16 All-American Second Team and the 2016 All-Pac-12 Tournament First Team. He helped Utah to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Vienna, Austria native led the Pac-12 in 2015-16 in two-point field goals (228) and field-goal percentage (.646). Furthermore, he led the Utes in points (620), points per game (17.2), rebounds (327), offensive rebounds (102), defensive rebounds (225), rebounds per game (9.1), offensive rebounds per game (2.8), defensive rebounds per game (6.3), blocks (56) and blocks per game (1.6). Poeltl entered the 2016 NBA Draft after his second season at Utah. He was chosen in the first round (ninth overall) by the Toronto Raptors.

Delivers stellar all-around line
CToronto Raptors
February 29, 2024
Poeltl (ankle) tallied 16 points (7-12 FG, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 136-125 loss to the Mavericks.
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Poeltl's availability for Wednesday's contest looked to be in some doubt after he sprained an ankle in Monday's win over the Pacers and was unable to return, but he received the green light to play after checking out fine following the Raptors' morning shootaround. The veteran center proceeded to deliver one of his better all-around outings of the campaign, complete with a season-high-tying assist and steal totals. Poeltl's outstanding production in sizable minutes should erase most of the concern fantasy managers might have had about him being affected by the ankle injury.
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How does Jakob Poeltl compare to other players?
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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65.3%
 
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65.6%
 
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Free Throw Rate
28.8%
 
Offensive Rebound %
12.0%
 
Defensive Rebound %
24.2%
 
Total Rebound %
17.9%
 
Assist %
13.5%
 
Steal %
1.2%
 
Block %
5.0%
 
Turnover %
12.1%
 
Usage %
16.1%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
30.6
 
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1.2
 
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Offering quality over quantity
CToronto Raptors
December 13, 2023
Poeltl ranks second leaguewide by shooting 72.4 percent from the field, and his 82.6 percent efficiency as a pick-and-roll finisher leads all qualifiers.
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Poeltl has been remarkably effective in Toronto's offense, leading the league with 1.50 points per possession and shooting 79.9 percent at the rim in total. His 6.8 shot attempts per game and 13.5 percent usage rate are sizable dips from his volume over the past two seasons, but he's nonetheless capitalizing on his opportunities.
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Last season marked the third consecutive year Poeltl saw increased minutes, and it marked the best season of his career by a significant margin. He started all but one of his 68 appearances and averaged 13.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 blocks in 29.0 minutes. His field-goal percentage (61.8) was fantastic, but his 49.5 percent mark from the charity stripe was downright awful and quite damaging to his fantasy value, though he took only 2.8 attempts per game. Poeltl's increased production wasn't simply a product of more minutes, as Poeltl's 18.3 percent usage rate was significantly higher than his previous high mark of 14.8 percent in 2017-18. The center ranked 79th in per-game fantasy production. This season, he should have room to grow yet again. The Spurs are in one of the best tanking situations in the NBA, with their best player arguably being Keldon Johnson. Poeltl can only handle so much usage as a traditional center without much of a post game, but he's displayed upside as a passer and could handle the ball more frequently than ever before. Fantasy managers should temper expectations given Poeltl's limitations as a player, but he deserves a selection earlier than his ranking from the end of last season.
Poeltl is coming off the best season of his five-year career in The Association, as the big man posted career-best marks in most categories. He averaged a career-high 26.7 minutes per game, which translated into personal bests in points (8.6), rebounds (7.9), assists (1.9), blocks (1.8) and steals (0.7). The veteran big man recorded 16 double-doubles last season and all but one of those came as a starter. Poeltl might be in line for his best season yet if he manages to stay healthy as the Spurs' starting center. Poeltl might not have a lot of upside in standard leagues, but he could be a decent option as a late pick because he can contribute with rebounds and blocks while also offering double-digit scoring outputs on a semi-consistent basis. While he's not expected to become a regular offensive force in the Spurs' scheme, the fact that he has shot at least 60 percent from the field in each of his last four seasons bodes well for his chances of being efficient on limited touches.
In his second season with San Antonio, Poeltl saw his playing time increase and averaged 5.6 points, 5.7 boards and 2.0 combined blocks-plus-steals across 17.7 minutes. He shot better than 60 percent from the floor for the third straight season but was a bit worse from the charity stripe, as he shot sub-50 percent from the free-throw line. Poeltl started just 18 games all season, but he started the Spurs' final eight games inside the bubble with favorable results. Across his final four games, the big man came down with double-digit rebounds three times, logged two double-doubles and averaged 2.5 combined blocks-steals. During the offseason, he re-upped with the Spurs on a three-year, $27 million contract. It seems possible coach Gregg Popovich will try to find some more run for the 25-year-old, but the presence of LaMarcus Aldridge still complicates things.
In his first season with the Spurs following last summer's blockbuster trade featuring Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, Poeltl posted career-high per-game averages of 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also noticeably improved his ball control (0.6 turnovers per game) after amassing 1.0 turnover versus 0.7 assists in 2017-18. However, Poeltl connected on a career-low 53.3 percent from the charity stripe. He appeared in 77 games in 2018-19 while drawing 24 starts, after coming off the bench in 132 of 136 tilts through two campaigns with the Raptors. However, he earned fewer minutes per night this past season (16.5) than he did in 2017-18 (18.6). Overall, Poeltl is a decent option for deeper category leagues thanks to his fairly well-rounded production and sky-high field-goal percentage (64.5). The young big man turns 24 in October and could be poised to make a leap if he's able to carve out more consistent and ample playing time, and he did see 25.3 minutes per game across seven playoff bouts against the Nuggets. Still, it remains to be seen whether that was mostly a matchup-based decision or a vote of confidence from coach Gregg Popovich going forward.
In his second NBA season, Poeltl played in all 82 games, upping his averages to 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks across 18.6 minutes. He struggled mightily as a free-throw shooter at 59.4 percent, but he did finish at a solid 65.9 percent from the field. He showed plenty of improvement with his all-around game and provided the rim-protection that the Raptors coveted when selecting him with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, with Toronto getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Cavaliers once again, the organization opted to make some significant roster moves. One of those was acquiring superstar Kawhi Leonard, which sent DeMar DeRozan and Poeltl to the Spurs in the corresponding move. Look for Poeltl to have a slightly increased role following the move considering he's joining a San Antonio squad that doesn't have a ton of depth at center outside of LaMarcus Aldridge and an aging Pau Gasol. More minutes means added production, though Poeltl will still likely struggle to be anything more than a block specialist in the deepest of leagues.
After being selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Poeltl didn't play a huge role during his rookie season, mostly serving as a deep reserve at center for the playoff bound Raptors. In 54 games, including four starts, Poeltl ended the year averaging 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds across 11.6 minutes, while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor. The Raptors ended up re-signing Serge Ibaka this offseason and will also bring back Jonas Valanciunas, so there's not going to be a ton of minutes available for Poeltl in the frontcourt during his sophomore campaign. He's slated to battle Lucas Nogueira for rights to the backup center role, although if Nogueira's slow development continues in his fourth season, the Raptors could try and get Poeltl, the younger and higher upside option, even more run to see what he's capable of. Poeltl figures to see an increase in playing time, but it likely won't be enough to make him a viable Fantasy target in the majority of leagues.
The Raptors have historically coveted international players in the draft, so it wasn't overly surprising when they spent their ninth overall selection on Poeltl, an Austrian-born center who honed his craft at Utah for two seasons. A quick glance at the 7-foot-1 Poeltl may lead one to assume he's a typical plodding post player -- the kind the NBA game has been moving away from for several years. However, that assertion overlooks the finer points of the 20-year-old's game. Poeltl is an excellent passer; perhaps not on the level of fellow lottery picks Dragan Bender or Domantas Sabonis, but just a notch below those two in terms of passing big men in the entire draft class. This skill could allow him to occupy the same kind of role Mason Plumlee assumed last season with the Trail Blazers, in which he worked with the guards on dribble handoffs and complex perimeter schemes designed to get the wing scorers favorable matchups. Poeltl won’t be an elite rebounder or rim protector and in fact often struggled when matched up with those type of players in college, but he can average or better in those departments, and he has the all-around skills that few seven footers can claim. However, with Jonas Valanciunas under contract through the 2019-2020 season, it may take a while before Poeltl gets an extended chance to show the Raptors what he's fully capable of doing. He'll likely battle with Lucas Nogueira for top backup duties in the preseason, a role that won't afford the eventual winner many minutes.
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Good to go Wednesday
CToronto Raptors
February 28, 2024
Poeltl (ankle) is available for Wednesday's game versus the Mavericks, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
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Active at shootaround
CToronto Raptors
Ankle
February 28, 2024
Poeltl, who's listed as questionable due to an ankle injury, was active during Toronto's morning shootaround ahead of Wednesday's game versus Dallas, Aaron Rose of SI.com reports.
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Questionable for Wednesday
CToronto Raptors
Ankle
February 27, 2024
Poeltl (ankle) is questionable to play Wednesday versus Dallas, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
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Night ends early with ankle sprain
CToronto Raptors
Ankle
February 26, 2024
Poeltl has been ruled out for the remainder of Monday's game against Indiana with a left ankle sprain, Kayla Grey of TSN reports. He recorded 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and one block in 22 minutes before departing.
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Visits locker room
CToronto Raptors
Ankle
February 26, 2024
Poeltl went to the locker room after appearing to suffer a left ankle injury Monday, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
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