Caleb Swanigan
Caleb Swanigan
23-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.
Personal Bio

Caleb Sylvester Swanigan was born in 1997 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father, Roosevelt Barnes, played football and basketball at Purdue in the late 70s and early 80s and was a member of the 1980 Final Four team. Barnes also played for the Detroit Lions. Swanigan attended Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a senior, Swanigan was named Indiana Mr. Basketball, led Homestead to a first-ever state title and earned McDonald's All-American honors. He also maintained a 3.1 grade point average and graduated high school in three years. Before college, Swanigan won a gold medal as a member of USA Basketball's U19 Championship team from the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship tournament. At Purdue, "Biggie" majored in general education and educational studies. In 2017, he was named both a 2017 All-American and Academic All-American, then left Purdue early for the NBA. Swanigan returned to Purdue in the summer of 2019 to earn his degree. Fans can follow him on Twitter (@calebswanigan50).

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Caleb Swanigan enjoyed two extremely productive seasons (2015-17) at Purdue. As a freshman, Swanigan started 34 games and averaged 10.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists over 25.7 minutes per game. The Boilermakers finished at 26-9 and lost to Little Rock in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Swanigan was named to the 2015-16 Big Ten All-Freshman squad. The big low post player greatly improved his production during his sophomore season. Swanigan generated 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.1 three-pointers per game in 2016-17. He helped lead Purdue to the 2016-17 Big Ten regular season title and the 2017 NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. In that season, Swanigan set a Big Ten record with 28 double-doubles. The Indianapolis native led the Big Ten in several categories including points (646), field goals (222), free throws made (164), rebounds (436), defensive rebounds (228) and rebounds per game (8.3). In addition, he was second in the Big Ten in points per game (18.5), two-point field goals (184) and free throw attempts (210). Swanigan was named a First Team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year. After his sophomore season, he decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

Won't play in season restart
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July 1, 2020
Swanigan informed the Trail Blazers on Wednesday that he won't be joining the team in Orlando when the NBA season resumes later this month, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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Swanigan joins Trevor Ariza as Trail Blazers players who are electing not to make the trip to Florida. Even before the hiatus, Swanigan had been a fringe member of the Portland rotation, and he likely would have sacrificed all of his minutes now that big men Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and Zach Collins (shoulder) are ready to play again after lengthy absences.
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2018

Caleb Swanigan played 21 games during the 2018-19 campaign, serving primarily as a two-way player. The first 18 games came with the Portland Trail Blazers before he was sent to the Sacramento Kings in a Feb. 7 deal. His best performance of the season came during an Oct. 29 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Swanigan scored a career-high 11 points and posted his first career double-double. For the season, he averaged two points, three rebounds, and 8.5 minutes per game. Despite playing just three games with the Kings, his role did increase slightly when the team required his services. Swanigan's playing time bumped to 11 minutes per game, while he averaged 2.7 points and four rebounds. The second-year big man also suited up for 12 G-League games. There, he averaged 13.0 points and 10.9 rebounds on 47 percent shooting. He saw 27.2 minutes per contest between two G-League clubs, and even got six chances to start, allowing the second-year forward to continue his development.

2017

Swanigan was drafted in the first round, 26th overall, by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2017 NBA Draft. The big man from Purdue played in 27 games for Portland, with three starts, and averaged 7.0 minutes per contest. He averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Swanigan scored a season-high 10 points in a little over 17 minutes of action in a loss to Houston on Apr. 5. He set his season high in rebounds much earlier in the year, grabbing eight in a win over New Orleans on Oct. 24. Swanigan recorded a season-high two blocks in a win over Denver on Nov. 13. The rookie also played in 14 games for the G League Canton Charge. Swanigan generated 14.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per G League contest. On Jan. 3, Swanigan posted 28 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block during a road loss to the G League Herd. Swanigan ended the regular season by coming off the bench in six of Portland's last seven regular season games. The Trail Blazers lost to the Pelicans in round one of the 2017 playoffs. Swanigan had his first taste of post-season competition when he generated three points, two rebounds and one assist over eight minutes of run during Portland's Game 3 loss.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (26th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 4, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Sacramento Kings for Skal Labissière.
  • January 18, 2020
    Traded from the Sacramento Kings -- along with Trevor Ariza and Wenyen Gabriel -- to the Portland Trail Blazers for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks.
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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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Unsure about return to play
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July 1, 2020
Swanigan has yet to decide whether he'll join the Trail Blazers in Orlando when the NBA season resumes, Erik Gundersen of the Associated Press reports.
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Logs 12 minutes versus Memphis
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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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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
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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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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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