Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
23-Year-Old CenterC
San Antonio Spurs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.52 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2016. Raptors exercised $2.95 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Traded to the Spurs in July of 2018. Spurs exercised $3.75 million team option for 2019-20 in September of 2018.
Impressive in Friday's victory
CSan Antonio Spurs
December 8, 2018
Poeltl had 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, three blocks, and two assists in 23 minutes during Friday's 133-120 victory over the Lakers.
Poeltl combined with much of the second unit to help guide the Spurs to a much-needed victory over the Lakers. Poeltl is starting to turn things around after a disastrous start to the season. The production is still not quite there but he is certainly trending in the right direction and owners in standard formats should keep an eye on the situation. There is a chance he quietly slips into the starting lineup at some stage which would, of course, result in added opportunity.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Drops career-high 20 points Tuesday
CSan Antonio Spurs
December 4, 2018
Poeltl finished with 20 points (9-11 Fg, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one block in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 139-105 loss to the Jazz.
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Scores 10 points in 18 minutes
CSan Antonio Spurs
November 27, 2018
Poeltl provided 10 points (5-5 FG) and four rebounds in 18 minutes during Monday's 108-107 win over the Bulls.
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Active Monday
CSan Antonio Spurs
November 12, 2018
Poeltl (ankle) will be active for Monday's game against the Kings, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Likely to play Monday
CSan Antonio Spurs
November 11, 2018
Poeltl (ankle) is probable for Monday's game against the Kings, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Out Saturday vs. Rockets
CSan Antonio Spurs
November 10, 2018
Poeltl is out Saturday against the Rockets due to a sprained right ankle, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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