Kevon Looney
Kevon Looney
24-Year-Old CenterC
Golden State Warriors
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Injury Abdomen
Est. Return 10/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Looney re-upped with Golden State on a three-year deal after spending his first four seasons with the Warriors. He's been a perennial backup, averaging fewer than 10 minutes per contest in each of his first two seasons in the league and playing a career-high 18.5 minutes in 2018-19. He produced career highs across the board with 6.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists on 62.5 percent shooting in 80 appearances. The last time Looney was on the court, he showed a lot of heart, playing through a fractured collarbone in the Finals. Despite cementing his status as a Bay Area fan favorite, he's unlikely to be fantasy-relevant outside of deeper leagues. Golden State has typically employed a committee at the five rather than giving big minutes to one center, and the additions of Willie Cauley-Stein and Omari Spellman to the frontcourt don't bode well for Looney's playing time. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $14.46 million contract with the Warriors in July of 2019. Contract includes $5.18 million player option for 2021-22.
Personal Bio

Kevon Grant Looney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Doug and Victoria Looney. He has an older brother, Kevin, and an older sister, Summer. Looney attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Milwaukee. In his sophomore year, he averaged 20.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game and was named Player of the Year of the Milwaukee City Conference. During the following season, Looney averaged 26.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 7.0 blocks and 3.1 assists per game, leading his team to a second-place finish for the conference title. Looney was even more dominant during his senior season, averaging 27.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 8.0 blocks per game to lead his squad to the league title. He was named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year and Associated Press Player of the Year in the state of Wisconsin. He was also named Mr. Basketball by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. In addition, Looney was recognized as a McDonald's All-American and a Parade All-American. Prior to departing for college, Looney worked as a youth basketball instructor and peer tutor on behalf of the Running Rebels Community Organization and the Milwaukee Violence Free Zone Initiative. Learn more about Looney by following him on Twitter (@Loon_Rebel5) and on Instagram (@looney).

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Prior to making his way from Wisconsin to UCLA, Looney suffered a hip injury that seemed to hamper him throughout his lone season as a Bruin. Despite the injury, the forward did not miss a practice or game. He was a starter from the opening tip and helped UCLA own the glass. On the season, the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 11.6 points and a team-leading 9.2 rebounds. He had four double-doubles in his first five games and 15 overall. Looney had perhaps his best game in a win over Stanford that helped the team snap a five-game losing streak. He had 27 points and 19 rebounds. Looney logged his last double-double in the NCAA Tournament with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win over UAB. He was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team and the All-Freshman Team. Looney decided to forgo three seasons of eligibility by declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft, where he was chosen in the first round by the Golden State Warriors with the 30th overall pick.

Undergoes core muscle surgery
CGolden State Warriors
Out For Season
May 20, 2020
Looney underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a core-muscle injury.
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The big man was nursing a hip injury at the time the NBA season was suspended in March, but this latest procedure addresses a core-muscle issue that contributed to him missing a total of 45 games during the 2019-20 season. According to the Warriors' official news release, Looney is expected to begin rehabbing immediately with the expectation that he'll be ready for the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
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2019

Looney appeared in 20 games for the Warriors during the 2019-20 season. He saw 13.1 minutes per game and averaged 3.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists. He shot 36.7 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe. Looney set single-game season highs of 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. His best performance of the season occurred Feb. 29 during a game against the Suns. In 15 minutes, Looney posted 10 points (4-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and three assists. It was one of his two performances with at least 10 points. Looney also grabbed at least six rebounds on three occasions and dished out at least three assists in a trio of games. He recorded at least one steal in nine games and at least one block in five games. Looney also continued his streak of hitting at least one three in each of his NBA seasons.

2018

Looney provided his best statistical season for the Golden State Warriors in 2018-19, his fourth year in the Association. Looney appeared in 80 games for the defending champions, starting 24 of those contests. He played 18.5 minutes per game, posting averages of 6.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The 6-foot-9 center ranked fifth on the team in rebounds per game. Looney canned a career-high 62.5-percent of his shots from the floor. He would have placed in the top five in the league in field-goal percentage had he qualified. Looney held down the center position on the defensive end, swatting two shots in 17 different games during the regular season. Looney scored a season-high 19 points in Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Clippers. He notched a double-double in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against Portland with 14 rebounds and 12 points. He also dished out four assists in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Looney's Warriors fell to Toronto in the Finals.

2017

In 2016-17, Looney proved to be an important bench piece for a Golden State team that went on to win the NBA Championship. Playing the most minutes of his career (13.8 per game), Looney saw action in a career-high 66 regular season games for the Warriors. He also played in all 21 of Golden State's playoff contests. Looney finished the season shooting 58.0 percent from the field. He scored in double figures on five separate occasions. On March 27, he posted an 11-rebound game against Indiana. The former UCLA star also displayed an ability to disrupt games defensively. Looney logged three contests in which he finished with at least three steals. He also tallied seven games with at least three blocks. Looney finished with a career-high six rejections in a win over Phoenix on March 17.

2016

After playing in only five NBA games during his rookie campaign, Looney got into 53 contests with the Warriors in his sophomore season. He played 8.4 minutes per game, doubling his average from the previous campaign. Looney posted per-game averages of 2.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.3 blocked shots in his limited time on the court. While those numbers are modest, they equate to per-36-minute averages of 10.9 points, 10.0 boards and 1.4 blocks. Looney scored a career-high 11 points against the Lakers on Nov. 4, making all five of his field-goal attempts and adding five rebounds. He hit double-digits again with 10 points in a win over Chicago on Feb. 8. On Nov. 21, he notched season highs with seven rebounds and two blocked shots in a win over Indiana. Looney also spent time with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League during the campaign. In four games with Santa Cruz, he averaged 19.6 minutes per contest. Looney posted per-game averages of 12.8 points and 11.3 rebounds in D-League action.

2015

Looney was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the 30th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He played in six games in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest. However, Looney underwent surgery on his right hip prior to the start of the regular season and was not able to play again until January. When he returned to action, Looney played for Santa Cruz in the D-League. The big man had multiple stints with Santa Cruz during the season, playing in 12 total games and averaging 19.1 minutes per contest. With Santa Cruz, Looney posted per-game averages of 9.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots. The UCLA product did get into five NBA games with Golden State during the campaign. In those contests, he played a total of 21 minutes. During his brief time on the court, Looney scored nine points and pulled down 10 boards. He converted 4-of-7 field-goal attempts, including 1-of-2 tries from beyond the arc.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 8, 2015
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • July 10, 2018
    Signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • July 11, 2019
    Signed a three-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Looney, drafted 30th overall out of UCLA in 2014, saw the most run of his NBA career last season. He appeared in 66 games for the NBA Champions, seeing 13.8 minutes per game, including four starts. In that run, he averaged 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 58.0 percent from the field. Though he was mostly a depth option, Looney was able to flash upside, posting five games with at least 10 points, one 10-rebound game, seven performances with at least three blocks and three tilts with at least three steals. Significant minutes won't be easy to come by again this season, as the Warriors added DeMarcus Cousins in the offseason, plus still have Draymond Green and Jordan Bell as options in the frontcourt.
Looney enters his third NBA season as still somewhat of an unknown commidity, with hip injuries having effectively made his rookie campaign a redshirt one and the loaded Warriors roster having left him with limited opportunities to pick up playing time in 2016-17. After the 6-foot-9 Looney added muscle last summer and stood out with his rebounding in the preseason, the Warriors were optimistic that he would stake his claim to a regular rotation role, but inconsistent performances early on along with the team's ample frontcourt depth mostly made him an afterthought by the time the second half of the season arrived. Looney, a first-round pick in 2015, still has some upside due to his youth (he'll turn 22 in February) and pedigree, but he's at a point in his development timeline where he'll need to provide the Warriors with tangible evidence that he's deserving of a place in their long-term plans. With the team re-signing Kevin Durant and David West, bringing in Omri Casspi via free agency and drafting athletic big man Jordan Bell in the second round, Looney looks like he could remain on the outs for a rotation spot entering training camp.
Looney was Golden State's first addition to its championship roster when he was selected 30th overall in the 2015 draft. The 19-year-old played one season at UCLA, where he served mainly as a power forward. He started strong for the Bruins before cooling off as the season progressed. That makes you wonder if his conditioning needs improvement. Most of his scoring came via the hustle play – off the offensive glass, pick-and-rolls, cuts, and transition finishes. There's some potential for him to be a floor spacer as he made 42 percent of his three-pointers (22-for-53), but that's a small sample. The range becomes suspect when looking at his 63-percent free-throw shooting. He's rangy with a 7-foot-3 wing span, can challenge shots at the perimeter, and has a feel for rebounding, but his frame isn't sturdy enough to defend the low post. That's okay for now as he's young enough to develop. He played well in the summer league, but a hip condition that plagued him in college and red-flagged Looney in draft circles flared up, necessitating surgery. He'll miss the first half of the season at the very least.
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To be re-evaluated in three weeks
CGolden State Warriors
Out For Season
March 7, 2020
Looney (hip) will be re-evaluated in three weeks.
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Out Saturday vs. 76ers
CGolden State Warriors
Out For Season
March 6, 2020
Looney (hip) won't play Saturday against the 76ers.
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Remains out
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Out For Season
March 4, 2020
Looney (hip) won't play in Thursday's tilt with the Raptors, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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Out Tuesday
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Out For Season
March 3, 2020
Looney (hip) will not play Tuesday against the Nuggets, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
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Questionable Tuesday
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Out For Season
March 2, 2020
Looney (hip) is questionable for Tuesday's contest against Denver.
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