Caleb Swanigan
Caleb Swanigan
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Portland Trail Blazers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Swanigan's career has largely been struck in neutral over its first two seasons, with the 26th overall pick of the Trail Blazers in 2017 struggling to find any meaningful playing time in either Portland or his current NBA home, Sacramento. The Purdue product was thought to be a potential steal after declaring for the draft following two impressive college seasons, but he never managed to tunnel up the depth chart with the Blazers and then was traded to the Kings for fellow big Skal Labissiere in early February. Swanigan also put in time on the G League teams of both franchises over the last pair of seasons, with his eight-game Stockton Kings after arriving in Sacramento counting as his most successful at that level (15.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals across 29.5 minutes). Swanigan's biggest non-personnel-related obstacle to minutes thus far in his NBA tenure has likely been his highly inefficient shooting, as the 22-year-old forward has an unsightly 37.2 percent success rate from the floor, including 13.3 percent from three-point range, over his first pair of seasons. Looking ahead to the coming campaign, Swanigan didn't demonstrate any real progress in that regard during his five-game summer league stint this year, either, draining just 35.3 percent of his attempts over five games in the California Classic and Las Vegas tournaments. Therefore, he heads into training camp still facing quite the uphill battle for playing time at both frontcourt spots, with a mix of proven veterans and younger assets that includes Marvin Bagley, Nemanja Bjelica, Richaun Holmes, Trevor Ariza and Harry Giles among those ahead of him on the depth chart. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2017. Trail Blazers exercised $2.03 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Traded to the Kings in February of 2019. Kings declined $3.67 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019. Traded to the Trail Blazers in January of 2020.
Logs 12 minutes versus Memphis
FPortland Trail Blazers
February 12, 2020
Swanigan had two points (1-2 FG), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 111-104 loss to the Grizzlies.
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Swanigan has earned double-digit minutes in eight straight games, but he has yet to reach double figures in scoring through 18 tilts in 2019-20. As such, he's avoidable in most formats on nights when injuries don't force him into a starting role.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Swanigan averaged just seven minutes per contest over the 27 games he played during his rookie season, which unsurprisingly led to minimal production (2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds). The 26th overall pick in 2017 then saw plenty of run in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 26.3 minutes across seven games and hauling in an impressive 10.7 rebounds per contest. Swanigan should be primed for an uptick opportunity during the upcoming regular season as well, especially if Maurice Harkless spends the majority of his time at small forward. Such a development would likely leave Swanigan as Al-Farouq Aminu’s top backup at the four now that Ed Davis is in Brooklyn, presumably affording him double-digit minutes. Swanigan displayed some solid scoring skills in his college days at Purdue in addition to his strong work on the glass, so he could be sneaky late-ground grab if he shines in training camp and preseason.
Swanigan fell to the Trail Blazers late in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, eventually being selected with the 26th overall pick after a standout two-year career at Purdue. The 6-foot-9 big man is well-known for his skills as an elite rebounder, but he's also a scorer and can stretch the floor, evidenced by his 44.7 percent clip from beyond the arc during his sophomore season at Purdue. The biggest beef with Swanigan's game is largely his lack of athleticism and speed, which could present a problem when trying to matchup with some of the quicker big men in the league. However, his impressive performance during the Las Vegas Summer League, which earned him First-Team All Summer League honors, provides some optimism for his transition. In eight games, Swanigan averaged 16.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals across 30.8 minutes. Swaningan's role for the upcoming season has plenty of question marks though. The Trail Blazers have a slew of bodies at power forward, including Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh. That complicates Swanigan's path to early playing time and could mean a relatively small role once the season opens. That will sort itself out during training camp, but it's safe to assume Swanigan won't be forced into a significant role right away.
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Draws spot start
FPortland Trail Blazers
February 7, 2020
Swanigan will get the start at center for Friday's matchup with the Jazz, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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Pulls down 10 boards Tuesday
FPortland Trail Blazers
February 5, 2020
Swanigan had seven points (3-6 Fg, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 127-99 loss to the Nuggets.
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To see rotation minutes
FPortland Trail Blazers
January 23, 2020
Swanigan is expected to see a solid chunk of minutes Thursday against Dallas, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
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Trade to Portland official
FPortland Trail Blazers
January 21, 2020
Swanigan is expected to be available for the Trail Blazers' next game Thursday versus the Mavericks after his trade to Portland became official Tuesday.
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Not eligible to play Monday
FPortland Trail Blazers
Not Injury Related
January 20, 2020
Swanigan (not injury related) won't be available Monday for Portland's game against the Warriors.
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