Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis
24-Year-Old CenterC
Indiana Pacers
Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 8/12/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Sabonis once again found himself coming off the bench for the Pacers, starting only five of the 74 games that he appeared in. He averaged 25 minutes a game, which was identical to his average from the previous season. However, he was able to increase his scoring average from 11.6 to 14.1 points per game on the strength of his 59 percent shooting from the field. His usage rate also increased from 22.1% to 23.5%. The scoring column wasn't his only area of improvement, either, since he set a new career-high by averaging 9.3 rebounds per contest. The downside is that he doesn't provide many defensive stats or three-pointers, which somewhat limits his upside. His 71.5% shooting from the charity stripe won't kill fantasy teams, but he could stand to improve in that area, as well. But with Thaddeus Young now a member of the Bulls, Sabonis could find himself starting next to Myles Turner. A potential increase in playing time gives Sabonis the ability to approach a double-double on a nightly basis while shooting a great percentage from the field and passing the ball well for a big man (4.2 assists per 36 minutes last season). If Sabonis can crack the 30-minute mark, he'll be one of the more valuable big men in fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $77 million contract extension with the Pacers in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Domantas Sabonis was born in Portland, Oregon in 1996 while his father Arvydas was playing for the Trail Blazers. Domantas started his professional career as a 16-year-old in Spain and later in Greece, but he never signed a contract with a salary in order to maintain his amateur status for the NCAA, which led to two seasons of ball at Gonzaga University. After appearing in numerous FIBA youth tournaments, Sabonis debuted for the Lituanian national team in 2015. By competing against Australia, he became the all-time youngest Lithuanian to debut in a game representing the primary men's national team. He was also a member of the Lithuanian team at EuroBasket 2015 and the 2016 Olympics. Fans can follow Sabonis on Instagram and Twitter (@Dsabonis11).

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Domantas Sabonis started his pre-NBA career in Spain, playing 35 games for Unicaja Malaga, averaging 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest for the Spanish outfit while maintaining his amateur status. Sabonis then moved to the United States, where he played two years (2014-2016) of collegiate basketball for Gonzaga University. Sabonis immediately stepped into an important role in his first year at Gonzaga, averaging 9.7 points and 7.1 rebounds while coming off the bench in all but one of the 38 games he appeared. Sabonis entered the next season on the Wooden Award Preseason watch list. He justified the hype by averaging 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in 38 games for the Zags, 31 of them starts. In recognition of his efforts, Sabonis earned All-West Coast Conference and NABC All-District First Team honors. He was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American and became an NCAA All-Tournament Midwest Region selection. Sabonis left Gonzaga after his sophomore season with the highest field goal percentage (.632) in school history.

Not close to return
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August 2, 2020
Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said Sunday that Sabonis (foot) is "a ways away" from returning to game action, Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com reports.
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Sabonis still hasn't returned to the NBA bubble in Orlando after leaving more than a week ago to seek treatment for the plantar fasciitis he has been experiencing in his left foot, and the team has yet to offer a formal update on his condition. At this stage, Sabonis looks to be more week-to-week than day-to-day in his recovery from the injury, and it's entirely possible he won't be ready to make his debut in Orlando until the postseason, if at all.
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2018

Domantas Sabonis played crucial minutes off the bench last season, appearing in 74 games during the 2018-19 season for the Indiana Pacers. He averaged 25 minutes per game, despite starting five of 74 games. Sabonis led the team in rebounding, averaging 9.3 boards per contest, which was also good for 18th in the Association. The 6-foot-10 center proved an able scorer as well, finishing third on the squad in scoring with 14.1 points per contest. Sabonis tallied 30 double-doubles, including six in the month of December. November was his best month statistically, though, as the big man managed 15.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest. Sabonis matched a career high with 30 points at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks on Halloween. On Nov. 19, Sabonis nearly accumulated a triple-double against Utah, compiling 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a 121-94 win. He shot an efficient 59-percent from the field on the year, which not only led the Pacers but was seventh in the entire NBA. Sabonis also was a willing passer, averaging a career-high 2.9 assists per contest. His Pacers finished the season at 48-34 and lost to the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

2017

Domantas Sabonis was traded to the Indiana Pacers in the summer heading into his sophomore season. Sabonis played 74 games in 2017-18 and started 19 times, averaging 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24.5 minutes per game. Sabonis gave the Pacers efficient minutes, as he shot 51.4 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the foul line over the season. He got out to a good start with the Pacers, as he tallied 16 points, on 7-of-7 shooting, and seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action in the first game of the season. He continued with a solid month in October, averaging 12.9 points and 11.0 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game. He reached the 20-point plateau for the first time on October 29, 2017, and did it four more times through the regular season, including a season-high 30 points on April 8, 2018. He registered 15 double-doubles on the season, including an impressive outing, where he finished with 12 points, five assists, and a season-high 16 rebounds. Sabonis played seven games in the postseason, where the Pacers lost to the Cavaliers in seven games in the First Round. Sabonis averaged 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game in that series.

2016

Following two seasons at Gonzaga, Sabonis was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was technically drafted by the Magic, but was traded that same day to the OKC Thunder with Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova for veteran Serge Ibaka. Sabonis proceeded to appear in 81 games for the Thunder, received 66 starts and played 20.1 minutes per contest. He averaged 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per contest. The rookie shot 39.9 percent percent from the field, 32.1 percent from three and 65.7 percent from the charity stripe. Sabonis' NBA debut occurred during the first game of the season, Oct. 26, when he played 16 minutes in a six-point win over the 76ers on the road. He posted five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and four rebounds. On Dec. 23, the scored a season-high 20 points during a win at Boston. His best stretch of the season was six games from Nov. 2 through Nov. 11. In 25.6 minutes per game, he averaged 9.8 points on 8.0 shots, plus 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists. On the season, he accumulated two double-doubles. The Thunder finished the season 47-35, making the playoffs as the six seed in the Western Conference but losing to the Rockets in five games during the First Round. Sabonis played six playoff minutes and posted four points, two rebounds, one steal and one block.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft. Traded by the Magic, with Ersan Ilyasova and Victor Oladipo to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Serge Ibaka.
  • August 12, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder
  • July 6, 2017
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with Victor Oladipo to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.
  • October 21, 2019
    Signed a multi-year contract with the Indiana Pacers (Signing is an extension to the rookie deal signed in 2016).
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Sabonis was dealt to Indiana in the Paul George trade and was forced to transition into a reserve role after spending much of his rookie year with the Thunder as a starter. However, his status as a bench player didn't matter much and he ended up averaging 24.5 minutes per game, up from 20.1 minutes a year prior. That translated to career highs across the board, finishing with 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He also shot a very respectable 51.4 percent from the field and had the ability to knock down a three-pointer (35.1%) when left open. Looking forward to the upcoming campaign, the Pacers let both Al Jefferson and Trevor Booker walk, but then picked up Kyle O'Quinn during free agency. After Sabonis spent most of last season playing center, O'Quinn's addition could prompt Indiana to use him more at power forward. Either way, Sabonis is still just 22 years old and has plenty of upside, so the Pacers should make every effort to give him plenty of run off the bench. His production from last season is likely a good baseline for Sabonis' projected value, but that likely limits his utility to those in deeper leagues looking for help in the points and rebound categories.
Sabonis, a rookie during the 2016-17 campaign, was dealt from the Thunder (along with Victor Oladipo) to the Pacers in the summer of 2017 in the trade that sent Paul George to Oklahoma City. Sabonis had an underwhelming debut season, though garnered a solid 20.1 minutes per game. In those minutes, the 6-foot-11 forward/center posted 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 51-for-159 (32.1 percent) from deep. Though he was more of a traditional big in college -- taking mid-range face-up jumpers and executing post moves with patience, strength a good footwork – the Thunder seemed to believe it was better for him to develop three-point range, despite taking just 14 threes during his two seasons at Gonzaga. It’s tough to predict if Indiana will feel the same way about his game, though it’s doubtful they’ll want him to stop shooting threes all together. Regardless, Sabonis projects to be a reserve frontcourt player behind the likes of Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young, as well as possibly Al Jefferson and Bojan Bogdanovic. For that reason, it’s far from a guarantee that Sabonis will match his workload from last season, making him a risky pickup in any Fantasy format and ultimately someone who can probably be ignored.
The son of international great and former Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis, Domantas rose up draft boards as the evaluation process unfolded this spring, ultimately going 11th overall to the Thunder, who acquired the pick from the Magic in the Serge Ibaka deal. Sabonis' floor compares favorably to that of some of the other big men in the late lottery and middle of the first round, without carrying the same kind of bust potential. Sabonis' numbers as a sophomore at Gonzaga were outstanding, as he averaged 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in 31.6 minutes per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the line. Since he lacks a lengthy wingspan and hasn't shown much shot-blocking ability, Sabonis doesn't figure to see much time at center in the NBA, which is just as well for the Thunder with Steven Adams and Enes Kanter around to fill the minutes at that position. If his playing time patterns in the preseason are any indication, the Thunder could end up utilizing Sabonis as their starting power forward, but with veterans Ersan Ilyasova and Joffrey Lauvergne in the fold, it's likely that he won't benefit from an enhanced workload most nights. Moreover, he's unlikely to see much usage offensively while he shares the floor with Adams, Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo. While Sabonis' ceiling for his rookie year production may be a bit limited, he still offers some intriguing long-term potential, particularly if he's able to develop into a reliable three-point shooter at the NBA level. That's certainly within the realm of possibility given his blood lines, and the fact that he's already shown some aptitude from the free-throw line and mid-range.
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Out Saturday vs. Sixers
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July 31, 2020
Sabonis (foot) will not play Saturday against the 76ers.
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Leaving bubble to seek treatment
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July 24, 2020
Sabonis (foot) is leaving the Orlando bubble to seek treatment from a specialist regarding his plantar fasciitis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Unable to scrimmage Thursday
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July 23, 2020
Sabonis (foot) will not scrimmage Thursday against the Trail Blazers, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.
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Considered day-to-day
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July 22, 2020
Sabonis (foot), who hasn't touched a basketball in six days, is considered day-to-day, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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Dealing with plantar fasciitis
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July 21, 2020
Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said Monday that Sabonis hasn't been able to put any weight on his foot for the past 2-to-3 days after experiencing plantar fasciitis, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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