Guerschon Yabusele
23-Year-Old ForwardF
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Yabusele played in only 33 games for the Celtics last season, averaging seven minutes per game in mostly mop-up duty. The fan-favorite brings a unique combination of size and grace, but he's a low-level investment who will have an even more difficult time finding regular minutes in 2018-19. Yabusele's contract also includes club options for 2019 and 2020, making him expendable should Boston decide to make any mid-season roster changes. This could be a make or break season for the 22-year-old, 2016 first-rounder. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.92 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2017. Celtics exercised $3.12 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Scores four in win
FBoston Celtics
January 3, 2019
Yabusele eked out four points (2-2 FG), one rebound, one assist and one block over 11 minutes in Wednesday's 115-102 win over the Timberwolves.
The Dancing Bear still hasn't done much on-court dancing despite recent injuries to Aron Baynes (hand), Al Horford (knee) and now Marcus Morris (neck). Over Boston's last six contests, Yabusele has averaged only seven minutes per game with one DNP. Yabusele and his teammates will stay at home to face the Mavericks Friday night.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
What does an organization do when it has more draft picks than roster spots? It pulls the old draft-and-stash strategy, selecting young international, high potential players who are willing to play a few years overseas before migrating to the NBA. That’s exactly what Boston did with the 16th overall pick in 2016, grabbing French-born Yabusele, who then went on to play for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. The bulky power forward played well in China, averaging 20.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks from 30.0 minutes per game. He then snuck in two games with Boston’s D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, posting 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per contest. Unfortunately, the good times ended with Yabusele needing surgery to remove bone spurs from both feet. This forced him to miss the 2017 Summer League, which was unfortunate considering Boston’s need for rebounding help. Terms of Yabusele’s recent contract signing have been held private, so we don’t know if he’s guaranteed a roster spot or could join the Main Red Claws, via a two-way contract, when he’s healthy again in October. That said, Boston’s three-for-one Irving trade frees up roster room for him. The 21-year-old is still in the early development stage of his NBA career. Boston’s aspirations for a Finals appearance will probably hinder Yabusele from seeing meaningful minutes.
With the Celtics holding an abundance of draft picks and not enough roster spots to accommodate all their selections, they picked up French-born big man Yabusele with the 16th overall pick in June with the intention of stashing him overseas. At 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds, Yabusele doesn't fit the conventional measurements NBA teams typically look for in frontcourt players. However, despite what his dimensions suggest, Yabusele takes good care of his body, packing a lot of muscle into that listed weight. He also has lengthy arms, which help offset some his height deficiencies to some degree. From a skills standpoint, Yabusele is a surprisingly adept shooter. He already grades out as an above-average marksman from the outside, as he hit 43 percent of his three-point attempts while playing with French second division club Rouen last season. Celtics coach Brad Stevens has shown an affinity in the past for big men like Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko who can stretch the floor, and Yabusele seems like another player who might fit that mold. Before seriously considering bringing him to the NBA, the Celtics will need Yabusele to make significant strides on the defensive end, where the power forward's lack of lateral mobility can often inhibit him. He'll attempt to hone his craft in the Chinese Basketball Association this season after signing a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks following a promising run with the Celtics during summer league.
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Removed from injury report
FBoston Celtics
December 23, 2018
Yabusele isn't listed on the Celtics' injury report prior to Sunday's game against the Hornets.
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To be available Friday
FBoston Celtics
December 21, 2018
Yabusele participated in shootaround and is expected to be available for Friday's game against the Bucks.
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Not on injury report
FBoston Celtics
December 20, 2018
Yabusele is not on the injury report ahead of Friday's game against Milwaukee, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.
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Seen without walking boot
FMaine Red Claws   G League (Celtics)
December 10, 2018
Yabusele (ankle) was seen without a walking boot ahead of Monday's game against the Pelicans, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.
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Set for extended absence
FBoston Celtics
December 9, 2018
Coach Brad Stevens said Yabusele suffered "bad" ankle sprain and "will be out a while," A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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