Josh Hart

Josh Hart

28-Year-Old ForwardF
New York Knicks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Hart has been a man on the move lately after playing for the Lakers, Pelicans, Blazers and Knicks over the last four years. Last season, he spent his first 51 appearances with Portland before being shipped to New York. He played in 25 games and started one for the Knicks last year, averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 30 minutes per game. Hart returned eighth-round fantasy value last season, and while his numbers were pretty similar with both the Knicks and Blazers, he did shoot a career-best 58.6 percent from the floor and 52 percent from the three-point line with New York. While Hart remains one of the best rebounding guards in the league, he'll likely remain in a reserve role, playing behind guys like Quentin Grimes and RJ Barrett. Donte DiVincenzo was also added to the mix this offseason. Hart is not a must-have fantasy player, but he should be a relatively safe pick in the later rounds of standard-league drafts this season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $81.29 million contract extension with the Knicks in August of 2023.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Josh Hart was born in 1995 in Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington D.C. He is the son of Moses and Pat Hart and has an older brother and older sister. Hart stayed in the D.C. area for high school and attended Sidwell Friends School. As a senior at Sidwell Friends, Hart averaged 24.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game and lead the team to a 22-9 record. He was a first-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post. Hart graduated from Villanova with a degree in Communications. His is a big fan of the television show The Office. The high-scoring guard hosts his own podcast called the Light Harted Podcast, which features interviews with top performers in sports, entertainment, business and tech. Hart is also an avid video gamer, enjoys Call of Duty and streams his play on his own Twitch channel (JHartShow). Fans can also follow him on Twitter (@joshhart). Over his four seasons with Villanova, Hart filled a variety of roles. As a freshman in 2013-14, he backed up James Bell and Darrun Hilliard to provide 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. The team went 16-2 in the Big East and earned a two-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Hart had 11 points and seven rebounds in the first round tourney win over Milwaukee. The 6-foot-5 guard continued to come off the bench as a sophomore and was tied for second in scoring on the Wildcats with 10.1 points per game. He was also the Most Outstanding Player of the 2015 Big East Tournament with 17.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Hart moved into the starting lineup as a junior and led the team with 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. He had eight double-doubles during the season and was named to the All-Big East First Team. Villanova won the 2016 National Championship and was aided by Hart's 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per NCAA Tournament game. As a senior, Hart was a First-Team All-American. He averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. The guard connected on 40.4 percent of his three-pointers. On Dec. 3 of 2016, Hart registered a triple-double in a win over St. Joseph's. He closed his college career as the 10th-leading scorer and 14th-leading rebounder in Wildcat history.

Timely shooting in tough loss
FNew York Knicks
February 13, 2024
Hart logged 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt), 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals over 42 minutes during Monday's 105-103 loss to Houston.
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Hart has hit at least three triples in two of his past three games, marking a spike after connecting on just 23.8 percent of 2.7 three-point attempts across 23 prior contests. The jumper is volatile, but Hart is a good transition scorer and continues to profile as an elite rebounding forward, with only Jalen Johnson posting a higher defensive rebounding rate at the position this season.
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How does Josh Hart 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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51.5%
 
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48.7%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
41.6%
 
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14.5%
 
Offensive Rebound %
4.8%
 
Defensive Rebound %
21.6%
 
Total Rebound %
13.2%
 
Assist %
14.1%
 
Steal %
1.2%
 
Block %
0.8%
 
Turnover %
10.5%
 
Usage %
12.7%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
23.0
 
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Earns consideration for Olympics
FNew York Knicks
January 24, 2024
Hart is included among Team USA's initial 41 roster candidates for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. He participated in the 2023 FIBA World Cup last summer.
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All members of the 2023 World Cup roster are included in the initial player pool for the Olympics, although the 41 finalists will eventually be cut down to a 12-man roster. With LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant headlining the potential cast, Hart will likely only be considered if a multitude of players withdraw from consideration.
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Hart stepped into the biggest role of his career last season, thanks, in part, to the Pelicans' sign-and-trade of Lonzo Ball and the failure to secure great backcourt replacements. Zion Williamson's full-season absence also opened up 30-plus minutes on the wing, and Brandon Ingram appeared in just 55 games. In Hart's 41 appearances (40 starts) with New Orleans, he averaged 13.4 points on 51/32/75 shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.5 minutes. Despite the 27-year-old's impressive development, he was traded at the deadline to bring in CJ McCollum from Portland. The Trail Blazers were tanking, allowing Hart to see plenty of minutes and usage. Over his 13 appearances (all starts) with his new team, he averaged 19.9 points on 50/37/77 shooting, 5.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.1 minutes - by far the biggest role of his career. The overall result of Hart's production was him ranking 67th in per-game fantasy value - a huge leap from his previous high of rank 131. This year, he'll have another chance to play a significant role for the Blazers, given his multi-position versatility and lack of roster depth. However, he won't be posting numbers like he did at the end of last season. Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Jerami Grant and Jusuf Nurkic will all sit above him on the offensive totem pole. There's still a strong chance Hart sees 30-plus minutes and stuffs the stat sheet, but it will probably look more like his New Orleans production. Either way, fantasy managers should feel comfortable selecting Hart inside the top 100 given what he displayed in 2021-22.
Hart appeared in just 47 games due to a variety of injuries last season, but he put together another solid season as the Pelicans' unique sixth man. In 28.7 minutes per game, he averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists, which led to a per-game fantasy rank of 143. Hart's impressive rebounding for a 6-foot-5 guard is carrying his fantasy value, as the rest of his game leaves something to be desired. He's a low-volume, relatively inefficient scorer (splits of 44/33/78) who doesn't provide significant defensive stats. Hart has stronger real-life value as a utility player who can play upwards of four positions in certain situations. For all his flaws, the Pelicans committed a three-year, $38 million contract to him during the offseason, suggesting the organization believes in the 26-year-old's potential and that he should continue seeing minutes in the high-20s. Fantasy managers in standard leagues can probably ignore Hart, but there's reason to explore rostering him in deep leagues and keeper/dynasty formats. However, keep in mind that he has a relatively low ceiling given his current situation. He'll never be taking the ball out of the hands of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Devonte' Graham or even Jonas Valanciunas. A best-case scenario for Hart (not counting injuries to players ahead of him) is developing into a better three-point shooter.
Hart enjoyed modest production as a role player in his first two seasons with the Lakers, but he took on an expanded role in his first year with New Orleans. The third-year wing averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 boards, 1.9 threes, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per contest. These were all career-best numbers as Hart found success with his new team. He shot 42.3 percent from the field, 73.9 percent from the free-throw line and 34.2 percent from three. He got some action as a starter, and in 16 starts, Hart boosted his averages to 12.3 points and 7.1 boards. An above-average rebounder as a wing, he posted 10 double-doubles on the season. Hart's increased run came at the expense of JJ Redick, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, who were all forced to miss time throughout the season. If those three players can stay on the court more in 2020-21, Hart's playing time will likely take a hit, as will his scoring and particularly his rebounding. He could continue to see minutes in the mid-20's off the bench, but a healthy starting five limits Hart's upside.
Hart was a complementary component of the offseason blockbuster trade with the Lakers that also saw Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram land in New Orleans. Hart's outlook for the coming season is decidedly murkier than that of his pair of teammates. To begin with, he's recovering from late-March right patellar tendon surgery as training camp approaches. Additionally, the third-year pro is somewhat buried on the depth chart at the three spots he's projected for potential time in -- point guard, shooting guard and small forward. Hart does bring plenty of experience for a player with a relatively brief professional tenure, as he logged four full college seasons at Villanova before averaging over 20 minutes per contest over his first two pro campaigns in Los Angeles. A smooth shooter during the majority of that span, Hart disappointingly saw his overall success rate from the field tumble to 40.7 percent last season, although he maintained a respectable 33.6 percent mark from three-point range. The 24-year-old is also a solid rebounder, serviceable distributor and pesky defender, so he's capable of rewarding fantasy managers with contributions in multiple categories. If he can prove his health and fit into a fast-paced Pelicans system that's similar to the one he played in with the Lakers, Hart should certainly be able to progressively carve out a solid second-unit role. However, it remains to be seen if he can approximate the 25.6 minutes he logged over 67 games prior to his injury last season with New Orleans arguably sporting a deeper overall depth chart at the positions Hart is capable of filling.
Hart, after four seasons at Villanova, was the 30th overall pick in last year’s draft. During his senior campaign, he was given the Julius Erving (Best Small Forward) Award, averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals. He also flashed impressive range, hitting 2.1 threes per tilt at 40.4 percent. Hart posted 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest for the Lakers during his rookie campaign, but was especially impressive towards the end of the year. During his final 18 appearances (13 starts), he averaged 14.1 points (50.6 FG%, 44.0 3P%), 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal across 33.3 minutes -- showing off the potential he demonstrated in college. However, he was given that workload largely due to a myriad of injuries on the Lakers. That factor, combined with LeBron James (plus other veterans) joining the team, could result in Hart trending closer to 20 minutes per game rather than 30. Assuming that’s the case, the second-year man can probably be avoided in most standard Fantasy formats.
After leading Villanova to a national title the year before, Hart had an impressive follow-up campaign with the Wildcats as a senior, averaging 18.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting above 40 percent from 3-point range for the second time in his college career. That production was enough to keep him in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, with the Jazz selecting the shooting guard with the 30th overall pick before trading him to the Lakers. Hart was limited to just two appearances in the Las Vegas Summer League due to an ankle sprain, but he should be back to full health by the time training camp rolls around. While Hart will be given a chance to compete for a rotation spot in the preseason, he'll likely find himself behind at least Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson on the depth chart right away, making it more likely than not that the 22-year-old rides the bench early on as a professional in between stints with the G League's South Bay Lakers.
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Notches second career triple-double
FNew York Knicks
February 8, 2024
Hart closed Thursday's 122-108 loss to the Mavericks with 23 points (8-22 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, 12 assists and one steal in 39 minutes.
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Left off injury report
FNew York Knicks
February 7, 2024
Hart (knee) isn't on the injury report for Thursday's game versus the Mavericks.
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Getting checked for knee injury
FNew York Knicks
Knee
February 7, 2024
Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said after Tuesday's 123-113 win over the Grizzlies that Hart is being evaluated by the medical team for an apparent right knee injury, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Records triple-double Tuesday
FNew York Knicks
January 31, 2024
Hart closed Tuesday's 118-103 victory over the Jazz with 10 points (4-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks and two steals in 43 minutes.
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Grabs 12 boards in win
FNew York Knicks
January 30, 2024
Hart notched eight points (3-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds and seven assists in 39 minutes during Monday's 113-92 win over the Hornets.
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