Pat Connaughton

Pat Connaughton

31-Year-Old GuardG
Milwaukee Bucks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
If Connaughton wasn't going to play 30 minutes a night last season, it'll likely never happen in Milwaukee. Khris Middleton missed most of the season, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Grayson Allen were in and out of the lineup all year. That sounds like the perfect opportunity for Connaughton to become a fantasy-relevant player, but he played just 24 minutes a night. In that 24-minute role, he provided 7.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.8 threes. What really held him back was his shot-making, shooting 39 percent from the field, 66 percent from the free-throw line and 33 percent from three-point range. It's bizarre to see such a solid shooter struggle so mightily, with Connaughton shooting 46 percent from the field, 83 percent from the free-throw line and 40 percent from long range in the year prior. We have to assume last year was the outlier because those 2021-22 numbers are closer to his career averages. The problem is, Connaughton is a 20-minute bench player as long as this roster is at full health. Even when they were shorthanded, he played just 25 minutes a night. He'll never be a trustworthy fantasy option in this type of role, but he's always worth keeping an eye on because of his skill set. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $18.85 million contract extension with the Bucks in July of 2022. Contract includes $9.42 million player option for 2025-26.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Patrick Bergin Connaughton, son of Leonard and Susan, was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1993. He starred as a three-sport athlete in high school and thought he'd be a baseball player. He dominated on the mound at St. John's Prep in Danvers' Massachusetts, with collegiate offers rolling in from all over the country. That all changed after one "spectacular week" during an AAU Tournament in Florida which saw Connaughton push through 33 points and 20 rebounds in one game. In 2011, he won the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts while also capturing the state's ESPN Mr. Basketball. After four years at St. John's, Connaughton took his baseball and basketball talents to Notre Dame and averaged seven points and 4.4 rebounds while compiling a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts for the baseball team. After being picked 121st overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 MLB Draft, Connaughton returned to Notre Dame for his senior year of basketball, serving as the team's lone captain. His 12.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game helped lead the Irish to historic heights, as they made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and eventually fell to Kentucky by just two points. Connaughton, a graduate of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, is President of the With Us Foundation, which focuses on "creating access to athletics for all kids, affording them the opportunity to learn translatable life skills and values through the healthy and enjoyable vehicle of sports". More information can be found on the organization's website, withusfoundation.com. You can follow Connaughton on Twitter @Pconnaughton and on Instagram @Patconnaughton. Connaughton spent four years with Notre Dame as a two-sport star. In addition to playing basketball, the 6-5 guard pitched for the baseball team. He started 18 games as a freshman and contributed 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Fighting Irish. Connaughton put up at least 20 points three times, including 23 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Marquette. He moved into the starting lineup for all 35 games as a sophomore and recorded 8.9 points and 4.7 rebounds. The guard enjoyed a huge effort in a win over Louisville with 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. The Irish moved from the Big East to the ACC for Connaughton's junior season, where he'd go on to average 13.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists while registering five double-doubles. As a senior, the guard led the Irish to the Elite Eight with 12.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. He was also named to the All-Midwest Region team after notching 16 points and 10 rebounds during a win over Wichita State.

Will come off bench
GMilwaukee Bucks
April 5, 2024
Connaughton will return to a reserve role in Friday's matchup with the Raptors.
ANALYSIS
After back-to-back starts due to injuries to the Bucks' regular starters, Connaughton is returning to the bench. He has averaged 5.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 21.4 minutes this season.
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How does Pat Connaughton 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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57.4%
 
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55.3%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
68.6%
 
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16.7%
 
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3.4%
 
Defensive Rebound %
12.0%
 
Total Rebound %
7.8%
 
Assist %
12.0%
 
Steal %
1.0%
 
Block %
1.0%
 
Turnover %
8.4%
 
Usage %
10.9%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
14.3
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.6
 
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Milwaukee's main trade chip
GMilwaukee Bucks
February 6, 2024
Connaughton's salary would likely be included in any trade Milwaukee makes before Thursday's deadline, John Hollinger of the Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Connaughton's $9.4 million contract is the only matching salary Milwaukee can send without subtracting a key rotation player or cheap rookie from the roster. Connaughton is shooting 37.4 percent on 3.0 threes in 20.7 minutes per game, although his playing time marks its lowest point since the 2019-20 season. The 31-year-old is also getting gashed defensively, with Milwaukee's defensive rating being 9.3 points worse with him on the court.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Coming off his best season to date, Connaughton looks set to resume his role as a glue guy off the Bucks' bench. Having signed a three-year extension, he should slot into the second unit as a steady source of points, threes and steals. Across the 65 games he played in 2021-22, Connaughton put up career-best averages of 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.2 three-pointers. While the stats certainly don't jump off the page, he carved out a fantasy-relevant role at times, typically when his teammates were sidelined due to injury. It's hard to see him being anything more than a deep league commodity, although managers in shallower formats could consider him as a short-term addition if and when he moves into a temporary starting role.
For a third straight season, Connaughton held a consistent reserve role for the Bucks. In 22.8 minutes, he averaged 6.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists, and he notably shot 37.1 percent from three. His impressive health (69 games played) allowed him to rank 156th in total fantasy production. However, Connaughton will have more competition for minutes this season. Over the summer, the Bucks brought in George Hill, Grayson Allen, Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye. While Connaughton will continue being an every-game player for the Bucks, his role might not be as sizable as it was last season.
2019-20 saw Connaughton in a similar role as he'd occupied the two prior seasons -- one with Milwaukee and one with Portland. He averaged 18.6 minutes of run, 5.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Heading into 2020-21, the Bucks opted to keep Connaughton, giving him a three-year, $16 million contract. The high-flying wing figures to see a similar role in Milwaukee this season, though he'll have to compete for minutes with Bryn Forbes, Torrey Craig and Donte DiVincenzo. Ultimately, Connaughton's role probably won't be big enough to warrant rostering him in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
In his first season with the Bucks, Connaughton contributed career-high averages in points (6.9), rebounds (4.2), assists (2.0), threes (1.1), steals (0.5), blocks (0.4) and minutes (20.7). Perhaps most impressively, Connaughton had the same turnover average (0.5) in 2017-18, so he nearly doubled his assist average this past season, from 1.1 to 2.0, while limiting mistakes. The offseason departure of Malcolm Brogdon figures to open up more playing time for Connaughton, which is precisely what happened when Brogdon went down with a foot injury in mid-March. In fact, in 24 games after the All-Star break, Connaughton raised his averages to 8.6 points (50.0 FG%, 38.2 3P%, 77.8 FT%), 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists versus 0.6 turnovers, 1.4 threes, 0.7 steals and 0.4 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game. There's no guarantee he'll be able to maintain that level of efficiency or production over the course of 2019-20. Still, his ability to stretch the floor as a shooter and make sound decisions with the ball bodes well for his role going forward.
Connaughton saw his role dramatically increase last season -- his third year in the association. During his rookie and sophomore campaigns, he averaged minutes in the single-digits. In 2017-18, he was handed 18.1 minutes per night. While not a volume scorer by any means (5.4 PPG), the Notre Dame product has been a solid source of threes, going 91-of-243 (37.4 percent) over the past two campaigns. Connaughton also stepped up when given the opportunity, averaging 9.0 points 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 minutes across 23.7 minutes in five starts, also shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three in those tilts. The fourth-year man, who essentially split minutes between shooting guard and small forward last season, will be joining a relatively crowded wing rotation in Milwaukee. However, he should have the opportunity to fight for run between Tony Snell, Sterling Brown and Donte DiVincenzo.
Over the course of his four-year career at Notre Dame, Connaughton developed a reliable three-point shot, knocking down 2.4 treys per game as both a junior and senior. In addition to leading the nation in total spot-up points last season en route to 1.253 points per possession in those situations, the 6-foot-5, 218-pound wing was forced to man power forward due to the guard-heavy nature of the Fighting Irish roster. Responding with a career-best 7.4 rebounds per game and 36 blocks in 38 contests, he validated his athleticism with a 39-inch vertical leap at the NBA Combine in May. During this year's draft, his rights were acquired by the Blazers along with Mason Plumlee in exchange for Steve Blake and upcoming rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Connaughton's future in the league was in question due to his status as an MLB prospect in the Orioles' organization, but he came to terms on a three-year deal, with the first two guaranteed, ensuring his experiment with professional hoops proceeds as planned. If he can wring out a role at some point, his skill set suggests that he could fill some of the long-distance shooting lost with the departure of Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum.
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Enters first unit
GMilwaukee Bucks
April 3, 2024
Connaughton will start Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.
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Leads bench in scoring Tuesday
GMilwaukee Bucks
April 2, 2024
Connaughton chipped in 15 points (4-11 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and one block across 29 minutes during Tuesday's 117-113 loss to Washington.
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Posts season-high 17 points in loss
GMilwaukee Bucks
March 8, 2024
Connaughton notched 17 points (6-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes during Friday's 123-122 loss to the Lakers.
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Due for enlarged role
GMilwaukee Bucks
March 4, 2024
Connaughton will come off the bench, with Patrick Beverley entering the starting lineup Monday, while Giannis Antetokounmpo is sidelined due to Achilles tendonitis.
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Will play Friday
GMilwaukee Bucks
February 23, 2024
Connaughton (knee) is good to go for Friday's game against Minnesota.
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