Josh Hart

Josh Hart

27-Year-Old ForwardF
Portland Trail Blazers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Hart appeared in just 47 games due to a variety of injuries last season, but he put together another solid season as the Pelicans' unique sixth man. In 28.7 minutes per game, he averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists, which led to a per-game fantasy rank of 143. Hart's impressive rebounding for a 6-foot-5 guard is carrying his fantasy value, as the rest of his game leaves something to be desired. He's a low-volume, relatively inefficient scorer (splits of 44/33/78) who doesn't provide significant defensive stats. Hart has stronger real-life value as a utility player who can play upwards of four positions in certain situations. For all his flaws, the Pelicans committed a three-year, $38 million contract to him during the offseason, suggesting the organization believes in the 26-year-old's potential and that he should continue seeing minutes in the high-20s. Fantasy managers in standard leagues can probably ignore Hart, but there's reason to explore rostering him in deep leagues and keeper/dynasty formats. However, keep in mind that he has a relatively low ceiling given his current situation. He'll never be taking the ball out of the hands of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Devonte' Graham or even Jonas Valanciunas. A best-case scenario for Hart (not counting injuries to players ahead of him) is developing into a better three-point shooter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $24.96 million contract with the Pelicans in August of 2021. Traded to the Trail Blazers in February of 2022. Contract includes $12.96 player option for 2023-24.
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Josh Hart was born in 1995 in Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington D.C. He is the son of Moses and Pat Hart and has an older brother and older sister. Hart stayed in the D.C. area for high school and attended Sidwell Friends School. As a senior at Sidwell Friends, Hart averaged 24.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game and lead the team to a 22-9 record. He was a first-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post. Hart graduated from Villanova with a degree in Communications. His is a big fan of the television show The Office. The high-scoring guard hosts his own podcast called the Light Harted Podcast, which features interviews with top performers in sports, entertainment, business and tech. Hart is also an avid video gamer, enjoys Call of Duty and streams his play on his own Twitch channel (JHartShow). Fans can also follow him on Twitter (@joshhart). Over his four seasons with Villanova, Hart filled a variety of roles. As a freshman in 2013-14, he backed up James Bell and Darrun Hilliard to provide 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. The team went 16-2 in the Big East and earned a two-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Hart had 11 points and seven rebounds in the first round tourney win over Milwaukee. The 6-foot-5 guard continued to come off the bench as a sophomore and was tied for second in scoring on the Wildcats with 10.1 points per game. He was also the Most Outstanding Player of the 2015 Big East Tournament with 17.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Hart moved into the starting lineup as a junior and led the team with 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. He had eight double-doubles during the season and was named to the All-Big East First Team. Villanova won the 2016 National Championship and was aided by Hart's 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per NCAA Tournament game. As a senior, Hart was a First-Team All-American. He averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. The guard connected on 40.4 percent of his three-pointers. On Dec. 3 of 2016, Hart registered a triple-double in a win over St. Joseph's. He closed his college career as the 10th-leading scorer and 14th-leading rebounder in Wildcat history.

Won't play in finale
FPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
April 9, 2022
Hart (knee) will not play Sunday against the Jazz.
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Hart will miss the final 12 games of the year due to patellar tendinopathy. Still, the 2021-22 campaign was the best of Hart's career, as he saw elevated usage on both New Orleans and Portland. In total, he appeared in 54 games and averaged 14.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.2 minutes.
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Expects to stick with Portland
FPortland Trail Blazers
April 18, 2022
Hart said Monday that he fully expects to be a Trail Blazer during the 2022-23 campaign, Jay Allen of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
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Hart relayed that he's had discussions with Trail Blazers interim general manager Joe Cronin and head coach Chauncey Billups about his future and role with the team. Cronin had previously dubbed Hart "a keeper," so it isn't a surprise that there is mutual interest for the forward to return next season. Hart was traded to Portland ahead of the Feb. 10 deadline and averaged 19.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.1 minutes across 13 appearances with his new squad. However, like the majority of the Trail Blazers' regulars, he was sidelined for the final month of the season due to what was labeled as a knee injury, though the issue wasn't serious and can likely be attributed to Portland's tanking efforts.
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Hart enjoyed modest production as a role player in his first two seasons with the Lakers, but he took on an expanded role in his first year with New Orleans. The third-year wing averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 boards, 1.9 threes, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per contest. These were all career-best numbers as Hart found success with his new team. He shot 42.3 percent from the field, 73.9 percent from the free-throw line and 34.2 percent from three. He got some action as a starter, and in 16 starts, Hart boosted his averages to 12.3 points and 7.1 boards. An above-average rebounder as a wing, he posted 10 double-doubles on the season. Hart's increased run came at the expense of JJ Redick, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, who were all forced to miss time throughout the season. If those three players can stay on the court more in 2020-21, Hart's playing time will likely take a hit, as will his scoring and particularly his rebounding. He could continue to see minutes in the mid-20's off the bench, but a healthy starting five limits Hart's upside.
Hart was a complementary component of the offseason blockbuster trade with the Lakers that also saw Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram land in New Orleans. Hart's outlook for the coming season is decidedly murkier than that of his pair of teammates. To begin with, he's recovering from late-March right patellar tendon surgery as training camp approaches. Additionally, the third-year pro is somewhat buried on the depth chart at the three spots he's projected for potential time in -- point guard, shooting guard and small forward. Hart does bring plenty of experience for a player with a relatively brief professional tenure, as he logged four full college seasons at Villanova before averaging over 20 minutes per contest over his first two pro campaigns in Los Angeles. A smooth shooter during the majority of that span, Hart disappointingly saw his overall success rate from the field tumble to 40.7 percent last season, although he maintained a respectable 33.6 percent mark from three-point range. The 24-year-old is also a solid rebounder, serviceable distributor and pesky defender, so he's capable of rewarding fantasy managers with contributions in multiple categories. If he can prove his health and fit into a fast-paced Pelicans system that's similar to the one he played in with the Lakers, Hart should certainly be able to progressively carve out a solid second-unit role. However, it remains to be seen if he can approximate the 25.6 minutes he logged over 67 games prior to his injury last season with New Orleans arguably sporting a deeper overall depth chart at the positions Hart is capable of filling.
Hart, after four seasons at Villanova, was the 30th overall pick in last year’s draft. During his senior campaign, he was given the Julius Erving (Best Small Forward) Award, averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals. He also flashed impressive range, hitting 2.1 threes per tilt at 40.4 percent. Hart posted 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest for the Lakers during his rookie campaign, but was especially impressive towards the end of the year. During his final 18 appearances (13 starts), he averaged 14.1 points (50.6 FG%, 44.0 3P%), 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal across 33.3 minutes -- showing off the potential he demonstrated in college. However, he was given that workload largely due to a myriad of injuries on the Lakers. That factor, combined with LeBron James (plus other veterans) joining the team, could result in Hart trending closer to 20 minutes per game rather than 30. Assuming that’s the case, the second-year man can probably be avoided in most standard Fantasy formats.
After leading Villanova to a national title the year before, Hart had an impressive follow-up campaign with the Wildcats as a senior, averaging 18.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting above 40 percent from 3-point range for the second time in his college career. That production was enough to keep him in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, with the Jazz selecting the shooting guard with the 30th overall pick before trading him to the Lakers. Hart was limited to just two appearances in the Las Vegas Summer League due to an ankle sprain, but he should be back to full health by the time training camp rolls around. While Hart will be given a chance to compete for a rotation spot in the preseason, he'll likely find himself behind at least Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson on the depth chart right away, making it more likely than not that the 22-year-old rides the bench early on as a professional in between stints with the G League's South Bay Lakers.
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Remains out Friday
FPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
April 8, 2022
Hart (knee) is out Friday against Dallas.
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Out at least another week
FPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
March 28, 2022
The Trail Blazers announced Hart (knee) will remain out for at least one more week before being re-evaluated.
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Remains out Monday
FPortland Trail Blazers
Knee
March 27, 2022
Hart (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Thunder, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports.
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Won't play Saturday
FPortland Trail Blazers
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March 26, 2022
Hart (knee) remains sidelined for Saturday's game against the Rockets.
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Out Friday
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March 25, 2022
Hart (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Rockets.
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