Larry Nance
Larry Nance
27-Year-Old ForwardF
Cleveland Cavaliers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
During Nance's first full season in Cleveland, he set career highs in points (9.4), rebounds (8.2), assists (3.2) and minutes (26.8) over 67 contests. Though the Cavs finished near the bottom of the league in the standings, that didn't really impact the big man's overall production. In fact, it may have given him even more opportunities to succeed, especially considering the injury bug that bit Cleveland during the 2018-19 campaign. While Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will both be back for the upcoming season, Nance figures to slot in as one of the first players off the bench in the frontcourt, likely allowing him to rack up minutes in the mid-20s on a nightly basis. That's assuming he stays healthy, however. Nance hasn't cracked more than 67 games in his first four seasons. On a positive note, Nance's shot from three improved drastically in 2018, as he knocked down a career-best 33.7 percent of his triples, sinking an average of 1.5 per matchup. The former first-round pick out of Wyoming continues to trend upward as he gains NBA experience, and he'll take that momentum into the 2019-20 season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $44.8 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in October of 2018.
Strong showing versus 76ers
FCleveland Cavaliers
February 26, 2020
Nance notched 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 15 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 108-94 win over the 76ers.
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Nance was one of five Cavaliers to earn at least 30 minutes, while Andre Drummond (calf) was held out of this one. Nance, like Tristan Thompson, has somewhat surprisingly been able to remain useful despite the midseason trade for Drummond. If Drummond sits out Friday's tilt against the Pelicans, Nance could be in line for another 30-plus minutes.
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Nance opened the 2017-18 campaign in complementary role off the bench with the Lakers, providing the all-around production and energy that coaches love. However, a mid-season trade involving the Cavaliers' Isaiah Thomas and handful of other players ended up sending Nance to Cleveland as an upside piece. The 6-foot-9 big man's value didn't change much with his new organization, though, and in 66 games between the two teams, he posted averages of 8.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 58.1 percent from the field. His situation with Cleveland became slightly more intriguing this offseason after LeBron James bolted for Los Angeles. The Cavaliers have already tabbed Nance as a building block for the future and are hoping to extend the 25-year-old, which would suggest the team is hoping to key in on his development moving forward. Kevin Love was given a four-year, $120 million extension and Tristan Thompson is back and set to make over $17 million, so there are a few players in the way of a 30-plus minute role. That said, if the organization does like Nance's upside as much as has been let on, look for him to see a decent uptick in his playing time from the 21.5 minutes he averaged in 2017-18. While Nance's lack of a three-point game and poor free-throw percentage are always of concern, his ability to provide across-the-board value would bring him into consideration for ownership in the the bulk of Fantasy leagues if he's able to garner a full starter's workload. Look for Nance to at least be the first big man off the bench right away, though he could work his way into the top unit eventually.
Nance's lack of perimeter game may end up confining him to the bench for the better part of his career, but he's already shown at 24 years old that he's still quite valuable to the Lakers as a role player. Though injuries cropped up periodically last season, Nance was a solid producer when healthy, averaging 7.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in just 22.9 minutes per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor. As an athletic, high-energy player, Nance provides a nice change-of-pace option at power forward behind the more offensive-minded Julius Randle, and is also capable of moving up on the positional spectrum to lock up more perimeter-oriented small forwards. If Nance were to land a consistent 30-minute role, he'd probably offer enough across-the-board value to warrant ownership in just about every fantasy setting, but that seems unlikely to materialize in 2017-18. With the Lakers still viewing last year's No. 2 overall pick, Brandon Ingram, as their starting small forward alongside Randle and veterans Luol Deng and Corey Brewer and rookie Kyle Kuzma also in the mix for playing time at forward with the second unit, Nance looks bound to stick in the 20-to-25-minute range for the foreseeable future.
Judging by the crowd reaction at Las Vegas Summer League, the Lakers may have found their bench sparkplug/cult hero in Larry Nance Jr. Despite an inauspicious start as a Laker, when a derogatory tweet about Kobe Bryant was discovered on his timeline, Nance has been embraced by the Lakers' fans and showed off some surprising skills. The senior from Wyoming was selected with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2015 draft after averaging 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 0.5 three-pointers in 35 minutes through his 31 games last season in the Mountain West conference. He'll have to battle Julius Randle, Brandon Bass, and Ryan Kelly for minutes at the power forward spot, and for him to have a meaningful impact this season, a lot will need to go right for him and wrong for the Lakers for that to happen. But, Nance showed off incredible athleticism in Vegas, and his college play showed an aptitude for acquiring defensive stats, which can be extremely valuable in fantasy leagues. The problem is, will the rest of his game develop enough, and will he get enough of an opportunity to be helpful in fantasy leagues this season? That seems like it may be a tough task.
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Productive showing off bench
FCleveland Cavaliers
February 25, 2020
Nance produced 16 points (8-11 FG), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals across 32 minutes in Monday's 125-119 overtime win over the Heat.
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Starting Saturday
FCleveland Cavaliers
February 22, 2020
Nance will start at power forward in place of Kevin Love (Achilles) against the Heat on Saturday, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Career night in spot start
FCleveland Cavaliers
February 12, 2020
Nance scored a career-high 23 points (8-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 127-105 win over the Hawks.
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Starting Wednesday
FCleveland Cavaliers
February 12, 2020
Nance is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against Atlanta, Angel Gray of Fox Sports Ohio reports.
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Only 20 minutes Sunday
FCleveland Cavaliers
February 10, 2020
Nance amassed just two points (1-6 3Pt, 0-3 3Pt) and four rebounds in 20 minutes during Sunday's 133-92 loss to the Clippers.
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