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#45 Denzel Valentine
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  • Chicago Bulls
  • Drafted 14th overall in 2016
  • SG/SF
  • 6'6" / 212lbs
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  • 11/16/1993
  • USA
  • 14th pick, 2016
  • Michigan State
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2016 NBA DraftNBADrafted 14th overall by Chicago.
16th July, 2016NBASigned four year, $9,936,769 rookie scale contract with Chicago. Included team options for 2018/19 and 2019/20.
28th January, 2017D-LeagueAssigned by Chicago to Windy City Bulls of the D-League.
29th January, 2017D-LeagueRecalled by Chicago from Windy City Bulls of the D-League.
30th January, 2017D-LeagueAssigned by Chicago to Windy City Bulls of the D-League.
4th February, 2017D-LeagueRecalled by Chicago from Windy City Bulls of the D-League.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2012 - 2016Michigan State (NCAA)
June 2016 - presentChicago Bulls (NBA)

November 28, 2017

Again, shooting is cyclical, and Valentine is a shooter. But with the shortened rotation, Valentine is getting big minutes, including 39 in the last game in which he flanked his 14 points with 13 rebounds and 7 assists. It all amounted to a giant 41.1 fantasy point night, and raised his average to 26.2 points over the last five games, which should not be available for less than $10 million.


November 19, 2017

It is a surprise that Valentine’s price has not yet gone up much, because he was already good fantasy value, and especially so as his role and production have increased. Valentine’s bad shot selection and inability to make a layup are overlooked for fantasy purposes in favour of sheer volume of statistics; averaging 11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 23.2 fantasy points in the month of November, he is unrivalled fantasy value at this price today. Valentine is also now a starter, increasing his value further.


November 7, 2017

Valentine has been cited on this list before on account of the fact that, although he is shooting poorly from the field due to consistently making terrible decisions inside the arc, fantasy scoring is quite forgiving towards this and measures only scoring volume, which he normally has. Further aiding a Valentine selection tonight is the fact that David Nwaba, who had won a spot ahead of Valentine, is now out for at least a fortnight due to injury. If Valentine does not start, he will at least be the first wing off the bench, and whichever position he occupies, the shots are going up.


October 28, 2017

In the absence of Paul Zipser, Valentine started the last game and recorded 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals per game, averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds per game on the season. He is taking a large number of shots to do so, not all of them good, but shot selection is not captured for fantasy purposes, only the points they yield, giving Valentine some cheap pick value.


June 29, 2017

Denzel Valentine
SG/SF, 6’6, 212lbs, 23 years old, 1 year of experience

Valentine had a forgettable rookie year in which he played largely minor minutes with the occasional rotational turn. As of right now, the three-point line looks too far away, and the speed of the game too quick for him. The former of those is learnable with reps, and Valentine’s college career was build on a headiness that should translate in time. Yet in being a complete non-factor at the basket, and in not having the lateral speed to be especially projectable defensively, the shot will have to come around quickly for Valentine to win a rotation spot.

Player Plan: Three rookie scale seasons remaining. Year one was poor. Needs much more production.