Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
24-Year-Old CenterC
San Antonio Spurs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In his first season with the Spurs following last summer's blockbuster trade featuring Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, Poeltl posted career-high per-game averages of 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also noticeably improved his ball control (0.6 turnovers per game) after amassing 1.0 turnover versus 0.7 assists in 2017-18. However, Poeltl connected on a career-low 53.3 percent from the charity stripe. He appeared in 77 games in 2018-19 while drawing 24 starts, after coming off the bench in 132 of 136 tilts through two campaigns with the Raptors. However, he earned fewer minutes per night this past season (16.5) than he did in 2017-18 (18.6). Overall, Poeltl is a decent option for deeper category leagues thanks to his fairly well-rounded production and sky-high field-goal percentage (64.5). The young big man turns 24 in October and could be poised to make a leap if he's able to carve out more consistent and ample playing time, and he did see 25.3 minutes per game across seven playoff bouts against the Nuggets. Still, it remains to be seen whether that was mostly a matchup-based decision or a vote of confidence from coach Gregg Popovich going forward. 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.
Not starting opener
CSan Antonio Spurs
October 23, 2019
Poeltl is not starting Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
Poeltl started three of San Antonio's five preseason games, but it will be Trey Lyles who gets the nod in Wednesday's season opener. Across 89 preseason minutes, Poeltl tallied 40 points, 28 rebounds, nine assists and five blocks.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Scores 16 points in 19 minutes
CSan Antonio Spurs
October 16, 2019
Poeltl poured in 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-4 FT), five assists, three rebounds, one steal, and one block in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 128-114 win over the Rockets.
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Pushed to bench Wednesday
CSan Antonio Spurs
October 16, 2019
Poeltl will come off the bench for Wednesday's tilt with the Rockets, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Well-rounded line in Game 5 loss
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 23, 2019
Poeltl compiled 12 points (6-7 FG, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds, and four assists in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 loss to the Nuggets.
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Nears double-double in Game 4 loss
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 20, 2019
Poeltl pitched in eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and one block in 30 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
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Influential despite low production
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 14, 2019
Poeltl had just six points, six rebounds, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes during Saturday's 101-96 victory over Denver.
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