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.
Personal Bio

Poeltl was born in Vienna, Austria, to Martina and Rainer Poeltl in 1995. Both of his parents were members of the Austrian national volleyball teams. He has a sister named Miriam. Poeltl took an interest in basketball at an early age and played one season for the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions of the Austrian Bundesliga in 2013-14. During that campaign, Poeltl posted per-game averages of 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots. He also played for Austria in the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. In seven contests, he averaged 15.4 points, 12.3 boards and 2.6 blocks. Poeltl was recruited by a number of United States colleges and eventually committed to play for the University of Utah. In 2016, he became the first Austrian-born player to make an appearance in the NBA. Learn more about Poeltl by following him on Instagram (@jakob).

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Poeltl was named the 2015-16 Pac-12 Player of the Year while at Utah. He was also named to the 2015-16 All-American Second Team and the 2016 All-Pac-12 Tournament First Team. He helped Utah to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Vienna, Austria native led the Pac-12 in 2015-16 in two-point field goals (228) and field-goal percentage (.646). Furthermore, he led the Utes in points (620), points per game (17.2), rebounds (327), offensive rebounds (102), defensive rebounds (225), rebounds per game (9.1), offensive rebounds per game (2.8), defensive rebounds per game (6.3), blocks (56) and blocks per game (1.6). Poeltl entered the 2016 NBA Draft after his second season at Utah. He was chosen in the first round (ninth overall) by the Toronto Raptors.

Will play in Orlando
CSan Antonio Spurs
July 2, 2020
Poeltl reiterated Thursday that his knee is 100 percent healthy entering the Orlando restart, Jeff Garcia of News 4 in San Antonio reports.
ANALYSIS
Poeltl said essentially the same thing back in April, but he noted Thursday that he's experienced no setbacks over the last two-plus months. With LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) sitting out, Poeltl could be set for increased minutes down the stretch.
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2019

Poeltl played in 58 of San Antonio's 63 games during the shortened 2019-20 season, and made 10 starts. He averaged 5.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes per contest. On Dec. 3, the 7-foot-1 big man grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds, a blocked a season-high five shots, during a close home win over the Rockets. On Jan. 27, the Austrian center registered a double-double via 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots during a 1-point loss at Chicago. The center registered two double-doubles for the season and grabbed eight or more rebounds in 13 contests. The 7-foot-1 big man also blocked three or more shots in 14 games. Poeltl's best scoring performance occurred Feb. 1 against the Hornets, when he scored 17 points (7-8 FG, 3-5 FT), and added 13 rebounds along with three blocks and an assist in 36 minutes of floor time. A knee injury forced Poeltl to miss San Antonio's last five games before the season was suspended on Mar. 11. For the season, Poeltl ranked second on the Spurs in blocks (84) and sixth in total rebounds (310).

2018

You may have heard that Kawhi Leonard was traded to Toronto prior to the 2018-19 season. DeMar DeRozan was the big name that went the other way, but Poeltl was also dealt from the Raptors to the Spurs. Poeltl was reliable for San Antonio, playing in 77 games. He started 24 of them, averaging 16.5 minutes per game overall. Poeltl put up 5.5 points per contest. He posted a season-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting against Utah on Dec. 4. He was extremely efficient as a shooter, as the Austrian-born center made 64.5 percent of his field goals. Poeltl was also the rare player who nearly averaged more rebounds than points, as he notched 5.3 boards per contest. In the playoffs, Poeltl was given a starting role and his playing time jumped to 25.3 minutes per game. He averaged 7.3 points and 7.7 boards per contest in seven postseason outings.

2017

Poeltl appeared in all 82 games for the Toronto Raptors during the 2017-2018 season, his second with the club. Poeltl averaged career highs across the board. Playing 18.6 minutes per contest, the 7-foot-1 center managed 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per tilt. Poeltl shot an impressive 65.9 percent from the floor, which would have led the NBA had he qualified. Poeltl registered four double-doubles during the regular season. He scored a career-best 18 points against Indiana on Dec. 1, a game where he made his eight field goal attempts. He snatched a career-high 14 rebounds at Golden State on Oct. 25. Poeltl appeared in nine playoff games for the Raptors. The big man averaged 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per playoff battle. His best playoff performance came in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round versus the Washington Wizards. Poeltl played 24 minutes, accumulating 10 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

2016

Poeltl was selected by the Raptors with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He became the first Austrian-born player to play in an NBA game when he made his debut against Detroit on Oct. 26. During his rookie campaign, Poeltl appeared in 54 games with Toronto, making four starts and averaging 11.6 minutes per contest. The big man posted per-game averages of 3.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.4 blocked shots in his first season. He shot an outstanding 58.3 percent from the field while making 54.4 percent of his free-throw attempts. Poeltl tallied double-digit points three times during the campaign, beginning with a 12-point, seven-rebound performance in a win over Indiana on March 19. He swatted two shots in that game, one of five times during the regular season that he finished with two blocks. Poeltl also played in two games for Raptors 905 of the D-League, averaging 16.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest. In the postseason, Poeltl appeared in six games with Toronto, averaging 4.4 minutes per contest. He posted per-game playoff averages of 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 9, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Toronto Raptors.
  • July 18, 2018
    Traded by the Toronto Raptors with DeMar DeRozan and a 2019 1st round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and cash.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Deems self fully healthy
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 9, 2020
Poeltl (knee) said Wednesday that he's made a full recovery from his right MCL sprain and indicated he'll be ready to play when the season resumes, Jeff Garcia of Fox San Antonio reports. "Although I have no experience with knee injuries, I expect that I will have no problems if the season continues," Poeltl said.
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Expects to miss weeks
CSan Antonio Spurs
Knee
March 2, 2020
Poeltl revealed Sunday that he expects to be sidelined 2-to-4 weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his right knee, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Diagnosed with sprained MCL
CSan Antonio Spurs
Knee
March 1, 2020
Poeltl (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained right MCL, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
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Out with knee bruise
CSan Antonio Spurs
Knee
February 29, 2020
Poeltl suffered a right knee bruise and won't return to Saturday's game against the Magic, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Joins starting five
CSan Antonio Spurs
February 29, 2020
Poeltl is in the starting lineup Saturday against the Magic, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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