Tari Eason

Tari Eason

22-Year-Old ForwardF
Houston Rockets
Out
Injury Lower Leg
Est. Return 3/10/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Eason, the No. 17 pick in 2022, posted 9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists in 21.6 minutes per game across 82 appearances as a rookie. The 6-foot-8 forward started five of those contests, averaging 13.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.6 blocks in 30.0 minutes per game. He was clearly productive when handed an expanded role, but the Rockets were not good last year and made significant upgrades this offseason, adding Jeff Green, Jock Landale, Dillon Brooks, Cam Whitmore and Amen Thompson to a frontcourt that already featured Eason, Jabari Smith, Alperen Sengun and Jae'Sean Tate. Given his potential, Eason should still be able to carve out a rotational role in 2023-24, but he may be farther away from a starting gig. Eason posted mediocre shooting splits (44.8/34.3/75.2) in 2022-23 while attempting 8.0 field goals, 2.1 three-pointers and 1.8 free throws per game, so his playing time next year likely depends on his ability to improve his offensive efficiency. Eason was impressive during limited action at Summer League, showcasing his all-around skill set, but he may have to focus on his rebounding and defensive skills to earn the trust of new head coach Ime Udoka before he starts to expand his offensive game at the top level. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $6.89 million contract with the Rockets in July of 2022. Rockets exercised $3.7 million team option for 2024-25 in October of 2023. Contract includes $5.68 million team option for 2025-26.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Tari Jordan Eason was born May 10, 2001 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He has three sisters, Tega, Angel and Avante. Eason finished his high school career at Garfield High School, where he averaged 23.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.4 blocks as a senior during the 2019-20 season. He led the team to the 3A state championship in Washington and was named Washington's 3A state player of the year. Eason played his first collegiate season at the University of Cincinnati and averaged 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds over 19.6 minutes per game while starting in eight of 23 games. Eason then elected to transfer to LSU ahead of the 2021-22 campaign where he averaged 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game despite starting in just four of his 33 appearances. Eason declared for the NBA Draft on March 25, 2022 and was selected by the Rockets with the 17th overall pick. Fans can follow Eason on Twitter via @TAR13ASON.

Without return timeline
FHouston Rockets
Lower Leg
February 25, 2024
Coach Ime Udoka said Sunday that Eason (lower leg) still doesn't have a clear return timetable, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Eason hasn't played since New Year's Day and will likely remain out for at least a few more weeks, if not the entire season. Udoka added that Eason and the Rockets are getting multiple opinions on the injury before deciding what's next in Eason's rehab.
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How does Tari Eason 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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True Shooting %
52.8%
 
Effective Field Goal %
51.3%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
26.5%
 
Free Throw Rate
17.5%
 
Offensive Rebound %
10.3%
 
Defensive Rebound %
23.9%
 
Total Rebound %
17.1%
 
Assist %
8.4%
 
Steal %
2.8%
 
Block %
3.7%
 
Turnover %
7.9%
 
Usage %
19.9%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
25.9
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.2
 
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Draws praise from Stone
FHouston Rockets
December 19, 2023
Rockets general manager Rafael Stone said in an interview with Kelly Iko of The Athletic that Eason is "extraordinarily gifted" on the defensive end.
ANALYSIS
Just like his rookie season, Eason's steal and block rates have again been through the roof. Per 36 minutes, Eason averages 1.7 blocks and 1.6 steals. His minutes have really started to trend up, and over his last five games, he's averaging 15.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 three-pointers in 27.9 minutes.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Houston selected Eason, a standout forward at LSU last year who started his collegiate career at Cincinnati, with the 17th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-8 rookie showed a unique mixture of perimeter skill (35.9 percent from three) and strength (5.7 free-throw attempts per game) on offense while also being a stalwart defender during his sophomore campaign. In his only season in the SEC, he averaged 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks. Despite being drafted outside of the lottery, Eason made his presence felt during the Rockets' first Summer League contest, outplaying No. 3 overall pick Jabari Smith. Eason finished Summer League with averages of 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.6 assists and 1.0 blocks across five games, and the same things he excelled at in college (ability to space the floor and defensive energy) translated to the NBA level, though the regular season will provide a more difficult test. The former Tiger figures to compete with Jae'Sean Tate, who recently re-signed with Houston via a three-year, $22.1 million deal, for the top backup forward spot behind the aforementioned Smith.
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Ruled out for Sunday
FHouston Rockets
Lower Leg
February 24, 2024
Eason (lower leg) is out for Sunday's game against the Thunder.
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Not yet cleared to play
FHouston Rockets
Lower Leg
February 21, 2024
Head coach Ime Udoka said that Eason (lower leg) is set to be evaluated Wednesday, but the Rockets haven't yet provided a target date for his return to game action, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Out through All-Star break
FHouston Rockets
Lower Leg
February 12, 2024
Eason (lower leg) will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break, Ben DuBose of USA Today reports.
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Remains sidelined
FHouston Rockets
Lower Leg
February 11, 2024
Eason (lower leg) is out for Monday's game against the Knicks.
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Out Saturday
FHouston Rockets
Lower Leg
February 10, 2024
Eason (lower leg) will not play in Saturday's tilt versus the Hawks, Ben DuBose of USA Today reports.
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