|2016 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 11th overall by Orlando.|
|2016 NBA Draft||NBA||Traded by Orlando, along with Ersan Ilyasova and Victor Oladipo, to Oklahoma City in exchange for Serge Ibaka.|
|12th August, 2016||NBA||Signed four year, $11,139,555 rookie scale contract with Oklahoma City. Included team options for 2018/19 and 2019/20.|
|6th July, 2017||NBA||Traded by Oklahoma City, along with Victor Oladipo, to Indiana in exchange for Paul George.|
|2012 - 2014||Unicaja Malaga (Spain)|
|2014 - 2016||Gonzaga (NCAA)|
|June 2016 - July 2017||Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)|
|July 2017 - present||Indiana Pacers (NBA)|
January 21, 2018
Continuing to start in the absence of Myles Turner, Sabonis has not been the ridiculously good value fantasy pick that he was earlier in the year. Nevertheless, in averaging 31.6 fantasy points over the last three Turner-less games, he has had good value, mostly through his tremendous rebounding rate. With Turner out again tonight, Sabonis should be good value once again.
December 1, 2017
There was a time earlier in the season that we picked Sabonis every night. Coming off a disappointing rookie season and expecting to be on the bench, Sabonis was available for a very cheap price – however, with Myles Turner missing the start of the season, Sabonis got the starts at centre and was excellent in them. As his price continued to increase, Turner returned and Sabonis went to the bench, decreasing his output and diminishing his value. Yet Turner is still struggling with injury and is expected (albeit not confirmed) to miss tonight’s game, and maybe more. Sabonis, then, is now fantasy relevant again.
If Turner does not play, then Jefferson becomes the backup centre and also becomes fantasy relevant again. When in the rotation before, Jefferson averaged 15 fantasy points in his limited role, enough for some low-end value. This should happen again if Turner cannot play.
November 5, 2017
Sabonis has been picked in this list for almost every game of his this season because of how well he played in the absence of Myles Turner. Turner is back now, but it has changed little – Sabonis still put up 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists before fouling out. And you should still pick him.
November 3, 2017
You simply just have to pick Sabonis until proven otherwise. He is the best value player in the game right now.
November 1, 2017
For as long as he continues to be this insanely low of a price, Sabonis is a must-pick. We listed him in this space yesterday with the caveat that he might miss last night’s game due to injury, but that did not happen. It absolutely did not happen to the point that Sabonis not only played, but starred, recording 12 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists in 25 minutes. He would have played more were it not a blowout. Sabonis stars quite regularly now and is a very productive player available for the price of a mediocre backup. Definitely pick him.
October 31, 2017
Sabonis is an automatic pick on the sleeper picks list…..normally. However, he is not certain to play tonight due to illness. If he is good enough to go, he will return a near-double double for a bargain price. And if he does not go, then at least this particular vacant slot was a cheap and logical one.
October 29, 2017
Sabonis continues to start at centre in the absence of Myles Turner, and continues to do very well. Averaging as near as is a double double on the season (11.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals per game), Sabonis is producing outside of the scoring column; even with a 1-9 performance in his last game, he still chipped in 11 rebounds and 2 assists.
October 25, 2017
Sabonis appeared in yesterday’s sleeper picks list for the same reason he now appears in today’s – he is good, productive, very cheap, and starting right now in the absence of Myles Turner. In last night’s game, he recorded 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in only 25 minutes. Sabonis is breaking out, getting minutes, and staying cheap.
October 24, 2017
The best piece worth having in the Paul George deal, Sabonis has started the last two games at centre in the absence of Myles Turner, recording season averages of 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds. Even if Turner (listed as a game time decision) were to return this week, Sabonis would still be a focal part of the rotation, as he has taken the place of veteran Al Jefferson and will certainly not lose it performing like that. He is a key rebounder on an average rebounding team, the most efficient scorer on an averagely efficient scoring team, and one of the few pieces for the future that can be seen to be developing with court time. And from a fantasy point of view, the minutes and the output are very valuable for his tiny salary slot.
June 29, 2017
PF/C, 6’11, 240lbs, 21 years old, 1 year of experience
Sabonis started for much of the season, recording 81 games played, 66 starts, 1,632 regular season minutes, and plenty of post touches on the left block. Yet for all of those touches, there were few results. Sabonis shot only 39.9% from the field on the year, and looked more promising with his 32.1% three-point stroke than he did with his 37.1% shooting on hook shots. He also was a complete non-factor on the offensive glass, and while he showed some of his father’s passing vision, he also threw the ball away quite often and committed quite a few charges. There were some signs of good post defence at times, interspersed with mo-ments of looking lost and an awful lot of shooting fouls. But all in all, that was a poor season, and he needs a lot of skill and strength development. Minutes aren’t always the keys to youth development.
Player Plan: Three years of rookie scale salary left. Year one was a struggle, but at least he gets three more goes.