Devonte' Graham

Devonte' Graham

27-Year-Old GuardG
New Orleans Pelicans
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Graham was one of the best fantasy pickups of 2019-20, as he had a breakout season out of nowhere and ended up ranking 54th on a per-game basis. However, the Hornets selected Rookie of the Year, LaMelo Ball, in the 2020 Draft, which severely cut into Graham's usage and overall effectiveness. Despite seeing nearly the same workload, Graham dropped to 113th in fantasy with averages of 14.8 points, 5.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds. He also had an abysmal field-goal percentage, shooting just 37.7 percent from the field -- hardly better than his 37.5-percent mark from deep. Graham is one of the more unique point guards in the league, as he takes just 10 percent of his shots at the rim and makes them at an awful 41 percent mark. For reference, Terry Rozier -- not exactly known for his driving ability -- took 24 percent of his shots at the rim and made them at 58 percent. Regardless, Graham will have the opportunity for a bounceback season in 2021-22. During the offseason, he was sign-and-traded to the Pelicans, who sent Lonzo Ball to the Bulls. As a result, Graham will be the Pelicans' true starting point guard. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect an immediate jump back up to his 2019-20 numbers since Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram will handle the ball plenty, but Graham is in position to improve upon his numbers from last season. He's worth an exploratory selection inside the top 100 for managers looking for upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $47 million contract with the Pelicans in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Devonte' Terrell Graham was born in 1995 in Raleigh, North Carolina to Dewanna King. He attended Needham B. Broughton High School in his hometown, where he posted 15.7 and 5.4 assists per game as a junior on a team that went 26-6 and made it to the 4A State final. For his senior year, Graham transferred to the prestigious Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He joined forces with Donovan Mitchell to lead the club to a 33-0 record en route to the national prep title. Graham was also part of the USA contingent that won Gold at the 2015 University Games. You can follow him on Instagram (@dtaegraham). Graham could have had a relatively anonymous collegiate career had his original plans occurred. He had planned to attend Appalachian State, but he had a fantastic senior season at Brewster Academy and led his team to a National Prep Championship. In the collegiate realm, he ended up with the Jayhawks. After coming off the bench for his freshman season, Graham became a starter next to Frank Mason as a sophomore. The two guards caused headaches for Big 12 opponents for the next two seasons. Graham concluded his sophomore season by putting up 27 points in the Big 12 Dhampionship game against West Virginia. He averaged 11.3 points and 3.7 assists as a sophomore, then 13.4 points and 4.1 assists in the following season. After Mason left for the NBA, Graham ran the Jayhawk show. He provided 17.3 points and 7.2 assists per game in 2017-18. He had back-to-back games of 35 points. Kansas advanced to the Final Four before losing to Villanova. Graham averaged 17.4 points and 5.6 assists in the Big Dance. Graham was drafted in the 2nd round, 34th overall, in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks but was then traded to the Charlotte Hornets for two second-round picks.

Provides 12 off bench
GNew Orleans Pelicans
April 23, 2022
Graham contributed 12 points (3-6 FG, 3-6 3PT, 3-4 FT), five rebounds and one assist in the 114-111 loss to Phoenix on Friday.
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Graham reached double figures for just the second time in his last 11 games. The fourth-year guard's performances in Games 1 and 2 were largely uneventful as he recorded a combined two points, three assists and one rebound in limited action. He'll look to make the most of his minutes in Game 4.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Option in trade talks?
GNew Orleans Pelicans
May 8, 2022
The Pelicans might opt to include Graham in trade talks during the offseason, according to William Guillory of The Athletic.
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If the Pelicans decide to get active in trade talks, then Graham might be included in negotiations. His $11.5 million salary in 2022-23 is movable, and while he can be an asset off the bench, that kind of money can be used more effectively elsewhere to acquire a proven shooter. Graham averaged just 11.9 points per game in the 2021-22 season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Sophomore slump? Far from it. Graham made a strong case for Most Improved Player in his second season, seeing his scoring balloon from 4.7 points per contest as a rookie to a healthy 18.2 in 2019-20. The Kansas product attempted three times as many shots as he did in his rookie season, though that noticeable increase in volume did not come with a decline in efficiency. Graham enjoyed career highs in shooting by posting 38.2/37.3/82.0 splits and made a name for himself as one of the league's most prolific three-point shooters. Graham's 3.5 triples per game ranked seventh in the NBA, and he was one of only eight players to knock down 200 shots from beyond the arc. His 7.5 assists and 3.4 boards were career highs as well, showcasing his ability to contribute as more than just a scorer. If he can take another step forward in 2020-21, Graham could be a top-40 player. He'll have more competition for usage this season, however, as the Hornets added LaMelo Ball in the draft and signed Gordon Hayward in free agency.
Graham spent most of his rookie season going back and forth between the Hornets and their G League affiliate in Greensboro, but he ended up being a quality contributor for Charlotte for a large portion of the season. He appeared in 46 NBA games, making three starts and averaging 4.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists across 14.7 minutes per game. He did that while shooting 28.1 percent from behind the arc and 34.3 percent from the floor overall. In his three starts, however, Graham saw 26.9 minutes per game and his numbers grew significantly as a result, as the point guard posted averages of 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 40 percent from three. Now, heading into his sophomore season, Graham should be in line for a more consistent role in the team's backcourt following the departure of Kemba Walker to Boston. While Terry Rozier is essentially a lock to be the starting point guard after signing a lucrative deal with the team this offseason, Graham, as of now, is the team's most reliable option to back him up. Should Graham secure that role, he will likely see some boost in production across the board in 2019-20.
Graham, after four seasons at Kansas, was drafted by the Hawks with the 34th overall pick in the 2018 Draft, but then dealt to Charlotte in exchange for two future second-rounders. During his senior campaign, he was named Big 12 Player of the Year on the back of 17.3 points, 7.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per tilt. He also hit 2.8 threes per game at 40.6 percent. Graham showed off his passing ability during summer league, averaging 6.0 assists in 25.9 minutes, but failed to knock down a three on 12 attempts. Considering the presence of Kemba Walker, Tony Parker and Malik Monk, it seems unlikely Graham will be able to make a significant Fantasy impact during his rookie campaign.
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Not listed on injury report
GNew Orleans Pelicans
April 12, 2022
Graham (knee) isn't listed on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's play-in matchup against the Spurs.
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Will rest Sunday
GNew Orleans Pelicans
Knee
April 10, 2022
Graham (knee) will not play Sunday against Golden State.
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Shifting to bench with Ingram back
GNew Orleans Pelicans
March 27, 2022
Graham will move to the bench for Sunday's game against the Lakers, Pelicans broadcaster Erin Summers reports.
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Season-high 30 in win over Bulls
GNew Orleans Pelicans
March 25, 2022
Graham contributed 30 points (8-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 9-9 FT), two rebounds, four assists and one steal across 29 minutes during Thursday's 126-109 win over Chicago.
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Clear to play Monday
GNew Orleans Pelicans
March 21, 2022
Graham (hip) is available for Monday's game against the Hornets.
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