Jakob Poeltl

Jakob Poeltl

26-Year-Old CenterC
San Antonio Spurs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Poeltl is coming off the best season of his five-year career in The Association, as the big man posted career-best marks in most categories. He averaged a career-high 26.7 minutes per game, which translated into personal bests in points (8.6), rebounds (7.9), assists (1.9), blocks (1.8) and steals (0.7). The veteran big man recorded 16 double-doubles last season and all but one of those came as a starter. Poeltl might be in line for his best season yet if he manages to stay healthy as the Spurs' starting center. Poeltl might not have a lot of upside in standard leagues, but he could be a decent option as a late pick because he can contribute with rebounds and blocks while also offering double-digit scoring outputs on a semi-consistent basis. While he's not expected to become a regular offensive force in the Spurs' scheme, the fact that he has shot at least 60 percent from the field in each of his last four seasons bodes well for his chances of being efficient on limited touches. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $26.25 million contract with the Spurs in November of 2020.
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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). 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.

Scores 16 in play-in loss
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 13, 2022
Poeltl finished with 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 113-103 loss to New Orleans.
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Poeltl enjoyed an efficient shooting night for San Antonio and tied for the team lead with nine rebounds, but his performance wasn't enough to prevent the Spurs from ending their season with the play-in loss. Despite the disappointing finale, the big man put together an excellent campaign, finishing with career-high per-game marks in scoring (13.5 points), rebounding (9.3 boards) and assists (2.8 dimes). He also ranked fifth in the league with 1.7 blocks per contest.
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Could be dealt in offseason
CSan Antonio Spurs
June 14, 2022
Poeltl has been mentioned as one of several centers that could change teams in the offseason, according to Marc Stein of Substack.
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With premium big men likely to be available in the summer such as Deandre Ayton and Rudy Gobert, Poeltl has emerged as one of several potential alternatives for trades involving those two aforementioned names. Poeltl is coming off a strong season with the Spurs, though he'd likely have to be included in a package if San Antonio is keen on landing a stud big man. Poeltl averaged 13.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season.
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In his second season with San Antonio, Poeltl saw his playing time increase and averaged 5.6 points, 5.7 boards and 2.0 combined blocks-plus-steals across 17.7 minutes. He shot better than 60 percent from the floor for the third straight season but was a bit worse from the charity stripe, as he shot sub-50 percent from the free-throw line. Poeltl started just 18 games all season, but he started the Spurs' final eight games inside the bubble with favorable results. Across his final four games, the big man came down with double-digit rebounds three times, logged two double-doubles and averaged 2.5 combined blocks-steals. During the offseason, he re-upped with the Spurs on a three-year, $27 million contract. It seems possible coach Gregg Popovich will try to find some more run for the 25-year-old, but the presence of LaMarcus Aldridge still complicates things.
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.
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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To see limited action
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 10, 2022
Poeltl will play limited minutes during Sunday's regular-season finale against the Mavericks, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
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Not listed on injury report
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 10, 2022
Poeltl (back) isn't listed on the injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Mavericks, Ty Jager of PoundingTheRock.com reports.
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Out Saturday
CSan Antonio Spurs
Back
April 8, 2022
Poeltl is out Saturday against the Warriors due to low back tightness, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Big double-double in loss
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 8, 2022
Poeltl finished with 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 FT), 17 rebounds, three assists and three blocks across 31 minutes during Thursday's 127-121 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Clears injury report
CSan Antonio Spurs
April 4, 2022
Poeltl (back) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Ty Jager of PoundingTheRock.com reports.
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