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Domantas Sabonis - PF/C, 6'10, 240
Indiana Pacers - Acquired via trade in July 2017
       Date of birth: 05/03/1996
       Country: Lithuania/USA
     Drafted (NBA): 11th pick, 2016
     Out of: Gonzaga
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Left




Date
League
Transaction
2016 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 11th overall by Orlando.
2016 NBA Draft NBA Traded by Orlando, along with Ersan Ilyasova and Victor Oladipo, to Oklahoma City in exchange for Serge Ibaka.
12th August, 2016 NBA Signed four year, $11,139,555 rookie scale contract with Oklahoma City. Included team options for 2018/19 and 2019/20.
6th July, 2017 NBA Traded by Oklahoma City, along with Victor Oladipo, to Indiana in exchange for Paul George.
When: Where:
2012 - 2014 Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
2014 - 2016 Gonzaga (NCAA)
June 2016 - July 2017 Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
July 2017 - present Indiana Pacers (NBA)
From blog:


   2017 NBA Manifesto
2017-06-29

Domantas Sabonis
PF/C, 6’11, 240lbs, 21 years old, 1 year of experience

Sabonis started for much of the season, recording 81 games played, 66 starts, 1,632 regular season minutes, and plenty of post touches on the left block. Yet for all of those touches, there were few results. Sabonis shot only 39.9% from the field on the year, and looked more promising with his 32.1% three-point stroke than he did with his 37.1% shooting on hook shots. He also was a complete non-factor on the offensive glass, and while he showed some of his father’s passing vision, he also threw the ball away quite often and committed quite a few charges. There were some signs of good post defence at times, interspersed with mo-ments of looking lost and an awful lot of shooting fouls. But all in all, that was a poor season, and he needs a lot of skill and strength development. Minutes aren’t always the keys to youth development.

Player Plan: Three years of rookie scale salary left. Year one was a struggle, but at least he gets three more goes.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 1st November 2017
2017-11-01

For as long as he continues to be this insanely low of a price, Sabonis is a must-pick. We listed him in this space yesterday with the caveat that he might miss last night’s game due to injury, but that did not happen. It absolutely did not happen to the point that Sabonis not only played, but starred, recording 12 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists in 25 minutes. He would have played more were it not a blowout. Sabonis stars quite regularly now and is a very productive player available for the price of a mediocre backup. Definitely pick him.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 31st October 2017
2017-10-31

Sabonis is an automatic pick on the sleeper picks list…..normally. However, he is not certain to play tonight due to illness. If he is good enough to go, he will return a near-double double for a bargain price. And if he does not go, then at least this particular vacant slot was a cheap and logical one.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 29th October 2017
2017-10-29

Sabonis continues to start at centre in the absence of Myles Turner, and continues to do very well. Averaging as near as is a double double on the season (11.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals per game), Sabonis is producing outside of the scoring column; even with a 1-9 performance in his last game, he still chipped in 11 rebounds and 2 assists.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 25th October 2017
2017-10-25

Sabonis appeared in yesterday’s sleeper picks list for the same reason he now appears in today’s – he is good, productive, very cheap, and starting right now in the absence of Myles Turner. In last night’s game, he recorded 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in only 25 minutes. Sabonis is breaking out, getting minutes, and staying cheap.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 24th October 2017
2017-10-24

The best piece worth having in the Paul George deal, Sabonis has started the last two games at centre in the absence of Myles Turner, recording season averages of 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds. Even if Turner (listed as a game time decision) were to return this week, Sabonis would still be a focal part of the rotation, as he has taken the place of veteran Al Jefferson and will certainly not lose it performing like that. He is a key rebounder on an average rebounding team, the most efficient scorer on an averagely efficient scoring team, and one of the few pieces for the future that can be seen to be developing with court time. And from a fantasy point of view, the minutes and the output are very valuable for his tiny salary slot.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 5th November 2017
2017-11-05

Sabonis has been picked in this list for almost every game of his this season because of how well he played in the absence of Myles Turner. Turner is back now, but it has changed little – Sabonis still put up 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists before fouling out. And you should still pick him.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 3rd November 2017
2017-11-03

You simply just have to pick Sabonis until proven otherwise. He is the best value player in the game right now.

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