The Pacers didn't catch the same attention that the other top teams in the East did, but had the looks of a team that could make some noise before an unfortunate injury to their star.…
July 10, 2019, 2:12 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers plan on using a starting frontcourt of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis next season.
That's the plan for now at least, and Sabonis' need for increased minutes was one of the reasons that the Pacers were so willing to let Thad Young walk in free agency. It might damage Indiana's mobility on defense and their spacing on offense, but Sabonis has too much room left to grow to box him into a sixth man role. This is a definite boost for his fantasy stock but things can certainly change depending on the early returns, as Sabonis and Turner were rarely played together last season and the Pacers added a capable small-ball four in T.J. Warren. Sabonis is coming off a career season where he delivered top-85/110 per-game value (8/9-cat) so hopefully he can take another step forward.
Source: Indiana Pacers
June 28, 2019, 10:08 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
According to Zach Lowe, the Pacers are committed to starting a frontcourt of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner.
The acquisition of center Goga Bitdaze in the NBA Draft lead many around the league to inquire on the availability of Sabonis and Turner but so far the Pacers are not showing any interest in splitting them up, per Lowe. You love to hear that Sabonis has a safe role as a starter which would greatly improve his fantasy outlook.
Source: Zach Lowe on ESPN
June 24, 2019, 9:58 pmLou WilliamsSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams collected his third Kia NBA Sixth Man Award on Monday night, winning it over Domantas Sabonis and Montrezl Harrell.
Williams wasn't needed quite as much this season due to the heath of his teammates. That caused his minutes to drop from 32.8 to 26.6 per game, but he still scored 20.0 points per game and even increased his rebounds and assists to career-highs.
Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter
May 17, 2019, 8:46 pmLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Domantas Sabonis have been named the finalists for this year’s NBA Sixth Man award.
Harrell and Sabonis really stepped up their impact off the bench this season but considering WIlliams passed Jamal Crawford for most bench points in NBA history this season, he seems to have the narrative on his side. A win would be Williams’ third (and would tie him with Crawford for the most won by one player).
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
May 1, 2019, 2:32 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said, "We've got figure out how to get him a bigger role," when asked about Domantas Sabonis.
Sabonis has been blocked by Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young on the depth chart, though the Pacers could let Young move on in free agency. Even so, the team hasn't spent much time playing Turner and Sabonis together and may not be comfortable unleashing that look despite the obvious talent of both players. Assuming Sabonis stays with Indiana, it'll be worth watching to see what comes out of Pacers camp about how Sabonis will be deployed next season.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
April 21, 2019, 4:10 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis scored 14 points with eight boards in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the C's.
Sabonis ended his third season with a decent stat line and a nice 6-for-9 from the floor in 22 minutes. Ultimately, the Pacers were not able to make shots when they needed to in this series and lasted four games because of it. Sabonis is a popular trade candidate this summer as his fit with Myles Turner long term does not look good. He's got loads of offensive talent for his age and he should be just fine for fantasy wherever he ends up next season.
April 17, 2019, 9:44 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis was held to just one point, five rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes in Wednesday's 91-99 loss to the Celtics.
This was Sabonis' second straight game of being shutdown by the Celtics' defense and it's clear that limiting him has been critical to their game plan. Without Sabonis scoring off the bench, the Pacers will have little chance of making it back into this series. He should be expected to get more looks in Game 3, but it's looking less likely that he'll be able to break this funk.
April 16, 2019, 4:28 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
In regard to the Celtics defense, Domantas Sabonis said, "They're playing me to go left. They're taking my left away. Sometimes double-team me. Guys are hovering me. Not a lot of room to make moves. That's where I got to do a better job. I got to make better reads of it."
Sabonis really struggled from the floor in Game 1 with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. If the Pacers want to steal Game 2 at the TD Garden on Tuesday, they'll really need Sabonis to make the necessary adjustments.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 11:19 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis was made "available" for Wednesday's season finale but didn't end up leaving the bench.
The Pacers had ruled him out earlier in the day before changing their minds, so we'll wrap up his year again. Sabonis blew away previous career-highs with 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.6 steals and a blistering .590 mark from the field. He took fewer 3-pointers than ever before as the Pacers have stopped asking their polished post player to masquerade as a stretch four. His long-term fit is at center, and while his ceiling will be capped with Myles Turner also on the roster, Sabonis can clearly pile up numbers as a high-usage guy that carries second units. In terms of total value Sabonis was a top-75/95 player, with missed time because of a left ankle sprain (five games), bruised right knee (one game) and illness (one game). Increasing the defensive stats is going to be key to his fantasy value progressing, but as long as the efficiency stays sky-high there won't be too many complaints.
April 10, 2019, 5:40 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis (sore left ankle) has been upgraded from out to available for Wednesday's season finale against the Hawks.
It is unclear how many minutes Sabonis will play as he was previously listed as out earlier today. Another reason that it may be unlikely for Sabonis to see his regular allotment of minutes is that the Pacers are set in the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and do not want to risk injuring their sixth man in a meaningless game. Be cautious if you are looking to play Sabonis in DFS tonight as he may see limited minutes. The only factor that may prevent the Pacers from limiting Sabonis' minutes is that they are short several key players. Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Myles Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Wesley Matthews have all been ruled out.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 10, 2019, 1:02 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis (rest) will be held out of Wednesday's season finale, and his campaign will end with top-85/110 value in 8/9-cat leagues.
Sabonis blew away previous career-highs with 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.6 steals and a blistering .590 mark from the field. He took fewer 3-pointers than ever before as the Pacers have stopped asking their polished post player to masquerade as a stretch four. His long-term fit is at center, and while his ceiling will be capped with Myles Turner also on the roster, Sabonis can clearly pile up numbers as a high-usage guy that carries second units. In terms of total value Sabonis was a top-75/95 player, with missed time because of a left ankle sprain (five games), bruised right knee (one game) and illness (one game). Increasing the defensive stats is going to be key to his fantasy value progressing, but as long as the efficiency stays sky-high there won't be too many complaints.
Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter
April 3, 2019, 9:48 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis double-doubled with 15 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal on 7-of-12 from the field against the Pistons on Wednesday.
Sabonis played 27 minutes tonight in a game the Pacers led all night. Sabonis has been just inside the top-170 in 9-cat leagues the past two weeks due to poor free throw shooting and virtually no defensive stats. Sabonis is far too talented to be down that low, and if he can start getting a few of the popcorn stats, he's going to rise up draft boards next year.
April 1, 2019, 9:54 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis double-doubled with 18 points and 12 rebounds on 8-of-10 from the field against the Pistons on Monday night.
Sabonis played 23 minutes before fouling out. His percentages and steals have been down lately, making him a bit more average than he had been in the first half of the season. He's still worth trotting out there for the rest of the season, but if he can't start hitting threes or increasing his blocks (or finding a starting role), we're looking at Enes Kaner 2.0.
March 29, 2019, 9:42 pmDomantas SabonisF, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis racked up five fouls in 21 minutes of action in Thursday's loss to the Celtics but still produced 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a block and a 3-pointer.
Sabonis was about four minutes below his season average in this one but fantasy owners won't have much to complain about in the box score. The only blemish on this line was his 2-of-4 from the free throw line, but the third-year big man did well to battle through some tough calls. Keep him in your lineups for the stretch run.