Richaun Holmes

Richaun Holmes

30-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Wizards
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Holmes is one of the most intriguing players entering the 2022-23 season. The center was a stud his first two years in Sacramento, but the Kings lost faith in him after acquiring Domantas Sabonis. That had Holmes averaging 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds across 8.3 minutes a night last year. That drop-off was massive because Holmes averaged 13.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 blocks on 65 percent shooting in his first two seasons with Sacramento. Many teams would give anything to have a big man produce like that, and it's why Dallas decided to take a swing on him in free agency. There might not have been a better place for Holmes to go, either, because the Mavericks are desperately missing a center presence. Christian Wood wore out his welcome, and JaVale McGee was ineffective. Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber may be the only big men Holmes is battling on this roster, though it remains to be seen how ready Dereck Lively is. Still, at this point, it's unclear what Holmes' role will look like. We could see him starting at center and playing 30 minutes a night or coming off the bench and barely totaling 20 minutes a game. All of that has fantasy managers wondering what's next for Holmes, but he's one of the best punt plays at the end of drafts right now. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $33.65 million contract with the Kings in August of 2021. Traded to the Mavericks in June of 2023. Traded to the Wizards in February of 2024. Contract includes $12.88 million player option for 2024-25.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Richaun Diante Holmes was born in 1993 in Lockport, Illinois, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. He is the son of Richard Sr. and Lydecia Holmes. His parents are both Doctors of Divinity who run a church in Chicago. He has three brothers and attended and played basketball at Lockport Township High School. During his high school days, he grew from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-9. Holmes then played collegiate ball for one season at Moraine Valley Community College before transferring to Bowling Green State University. At Bowling Green, Holmes majored in liberal studies. As a pro, Holmes annually hosts a two-day basketball camp in his hometown at his old high school, Lockport Township, for boys and girls ages 7-18. The goal is to "develop fundamentally strong athletes by teaching solid training methods through professional, knowledgeable and positive coaching, while implementing the importance of good character and moral values." Fans can follow the big man on Twitter and Instagram (@Rich_Holmes22). Richaun Holmes played one season (2011-12) of collegiate ball at Moraine Valley Community College, before transferring to Bowling Green State University. Holmes then spent three years at Bowling Green. During is first season with the Falcons, Holmes was a frontcourt reserve. He appeared in 32 games, with two starts, and averaged 6.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over 18.8 minutes per contest. Holmes shifted into the starting lineup as a junior in 2013-14 and increased his production to 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks over 32 minutes per game. The big forward continued to blossom as a senior in 2014-15. He generated 14.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 0.6 three-pointers over 28.8 minutes per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the field. His shooting accuracy was ranked first in the MAC. The Lockport, Illinois native was named to the 2014-15 All Mid-American Conference first team. Holmes also finished 19th in the nation in blocked shots per game. He ended his days with the Falcons as the only player in Bowling Green State University men's basketball history to register 1,000 career points, 600 career rebounds and 200 career blocks.

Set to play Saturday
CWashington Wizards
February 10, 2024
Holmes isn't on the injury report for Saturday's game versus the 76ers.
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Holmes is set to make his Washington debut Saturday after being traded from the Wizards. The 30-year-old big man will likely serve as the backup center to Marvin Bagley.
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15.2%
 
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18.0%
 
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8.4%
 
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3.3%
 
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12.5%
 
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14.4%
 
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9.5
 
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Set to leave Sacramento?
CSacramento Kings
February 5, 2023
The Kings hope to deal Holmes before the trade deadline on Feb. 9, Marc Stein of Substack reports.
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Sacramento seems set to snap its playoff drought, but the team knows it needs to bolster its interior defense, especially with Domantas Sabonis playing at center and Keegan Murray at power forward. Thus, they're on the market for a defensive-minded big man, and Holmes is expected to be made available on any potential deal. The Kings are reportedly looking at completing a move for Mason Plumlee, but they could be interested in other available targets as well. Holmes has made just one start since the start of January, a span in which he's averaging 9.2 minutes per game across 11 appearances.
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Holmes started most of last season, though he appeared in just 45 games due to various absences. However, he was moved into a bench role once Sacramento traded for Domantas Sabonis. That tanked Holmes' minutes and fantasy value. During his final eight appearances (all off the bench), he averaged 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.4 minutes. That situation should repeat itself this season. Sabonis is entrenched as the starting center, and the two likely won't spend much, if any, time on the court together. There's also some competition for backup center minutes between Holmes, Alex Len and Chimezie Metu, though Holmes should have the inside track. Holmes ranked 138th in per-game fantasy value in 23.9 minutes per game last season, and since he'll have a tough time finding that workload this year, he can probably be ignored in standard leagues. There's deep-league upside if Sabonis gets injured, especially since Holmes' numbers have historically translated well to fantasy production.
After Holmes posted his best season of his career, Sacramento locked down the rising star with a four-year, $55 million contract. The 2015 second-round pick posted 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game -- all career-highs. The 37-year-old shot 63.7 percent from the field and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line, finishing 48th overall in fantasy scoring -- his first time cracking the top 100. During the 2019-20 campaign, he only played in 44 games and finished 47th in fantasy scoring on a per-game basis. In 61 games last season, he maintained that solid production, finishing 56th on a per-game basis. The Kings currently have both Tristan Thompson and Alex Len on their roster to serve as backups, and while Thompson is likely to be moved before the start of the season, neither serve as a threat to Holmes' starting spot. If Sacramento elects to keep Thompson, it is likely they would make a concerted effort to play Holmes at the power forward spot, something he did regularly when Marvin Bagley was injured over the past two seasons. With De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton running and spacing the floor, the Kings have the making of a prolific offensive squad. As a key contributor, Holmes should once again be a potent fantasy threat all season long.
Holmes found himself in an expanded role in Sacramento, seeing more playing time than expected given Marvin Bagley missing nearly the entire season due to injury. He reached career marks essentially across the board, averaging 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 assists and 0.9 steals in 28.2 minutes. He was also extremely efficient, shooting 64.8 percent from the field and 78.8 percent from the free-throw line. That was good enough for Holmes to rank a shocking 47th in fantasy on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. The 27-year-old big man remains under contract with the Kings for the 2020-21 season, where he could see a similar role if the organization opts to play Marvin Bagley mainly at power forward. Given how successful Holmes was, it would be surprising if he didn't see at least sixth-man minutes in the frontcourt, even with the team adding Hassan Whiteside. Most fantasy managers won't be bold enough to draft Holmes in the fifth round, but he certainly could end up being a steal for managers aware of how well his stats translate to fantasy.
Holmes cut the three-point shot out of his diet and enjoyed the most efficient season of his career in 2018-19, posting career-high percentages from the field (60.8) and the charity stripe (73.1). Moreover, he swatted a career-best 1.1 blocks per game in a career-high 70 appearances while averaging 8.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.6 steals across 16.9 minutes. Holmes held down the primary backup center role for the Suns last season, but he'll face more competition for minutes with the Kings in 2019-20. Fellow free-agent addition Dewayne Dedmon is likely to start alongside sophomore power forward Marvin Bagley in the frontcourt, while the 21-year-old Harry Giles is coming off an encouraging rookie campaign. As such, Holmes may have a hard time equaling his statistical production from last season. That said, Giles has had his fair share of injuries over the years, so Holmes is worth keeping an eye on even if he begins the season as the third center on the depth chart.
Holmes spent his first three seasons with Philadelphia and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he averaged 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 15.5 minutes. He had grown unsatisfied with his role with the 76ers and wound up being traded to the Suns this offseason. Despite the change in scenery, Holmes isn't expected to find a more prominent workload in Phoenix. The organization drafted Deandre Ayton with the top overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and also bring back Tyson Chandler, so Holmes will be the third string center at best. As a result, he can be avoided in Fantasy leagues and is likely only a DFS option if injuries to Ayton and/or Chandler allow him to pick up a spot start.
Holmes, an early second-round pick in the 2015 draft, had a quiet rookie season. He averaged 13.8 minutes across only 51 games, dogged by hamstring, ankle, and Achilles injuries. Nonetheless, he entered camp before his sophomore season with some minor excitement, with team management going out of their way to include him in media conversations about their log-jam at center – at the time, the roster also featured three top-seven draft picks who played the position. Despite the significant depth at the position, Holmes maintained an average of at least 15.0 minutes per game every month before the All-Star break, though he did accrue several missed games in December, January, and February. As the season wore on, that depth ahead of him shortened, first when Joel Embiid suffered a season-ending knee injury, and then when Nerlens Noel was traded at the deadline. Holmes finally exploded in late March when Jahlil Okafor’s season also ended due to injury. Over the last 11 games of the season, when Holmes was starting, he averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 0.9 threes in 30.4 minutes per game. Holmes enters his third season as the projected backup, ahead of Okafor, and behind only Embiid. That position carries major Fantasy potential, given Embiid’s injury history.
Holmes, the 37th overall pick in last year’s draft, overcame hamstring, ankle and Achilles injuries to log 51 appearances in his first season with the Sixers. Playing a limited role off the bench behind frontcourt starters Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor and top reserve Jerami Grant, Holmes logged 51 appearances, averaging 5.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 13.8 minutes per game. Sixers coach Brett Brown is high on the 22-year-old’s potential -- particularly as an offensive rebounder -- but it will be difficult for Holmes to find playing time in 2016-17 in a chock-full frontcourt. In addition to the names mentioned above, Holmes will now have to contend with another trio of lottery picks (Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid) for minutes, which makes it unlikely that he’ll be a regular member of the rotation. If that’s the case, Holmes could head to the D-League for extended periods throughout the season.
Selected 37th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the 76ers, Holmes fractured his right elbow at summer league but did not require surgery. He signed a multi-year deal with the 76ers a few weeks later and is expected to be healthy by training camp. During his third year at Bowling Green, Holmes averaged 14.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 three-pointers in 29 minutes per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free-throw line. His defensive prowess earned him the MAC Defensive Player of the Year Award. Before the elbow injury ended his summer league, Holmes provided 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 1.0 block, and 1.0 three-pointer in 17 minutes per game over three contests. The 21-year-old forward, sporting a 7-foot-2 wingspan, is yet another athletic wing the Sixers can utilize on defense for his innate ability to protect the rim. Holmes also boasts a deceptive three-point shot, converting 35 percent during his three years at Bowling Green. He still could use some offensive refinement on the low block, and with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor slated to consume most of the power forward and center minutes, Holmes may find it difficult to play extended minutes off the bench.
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Won't debut Friday
CWashington Wizards
Not Injury Related
February 9, 2024
Holmes (traded pending) is out for Friday's game versus the Celtics.
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Heading to Washington
CWashington Wizards
Not Injury Related
February 8, 2024
Holmes was traded from the Mavericks to the Wizards on Thursday in exchange for Daniel Gafford, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Shifts back to bench
CDallas Mavericks
February 3, 2024
Holmes will come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Bucks, Grant Afseth of SI.com reports.
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Top rebounder in double-double game
CDallas Mavericks
February 1, 2024
Holmes totaled 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 30 minutes during Wednesday's 121-87 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Gets starting nod
CDallas Mavericks
January 31, 2024
Holmes is in the starting five for Wednesday's game versus the Timberwolves.
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