Richaun Holmes
Richaun Holmes
26-Year-Old CenterC
Sacramento Kings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Holmes cut the three-point shot out of his diet and enjoyed the most efficient season of his career in 2018-19, posting career-high percentages from the field (60.8) and the charity stripe (73.1). Moreover, he swatted a career-best 1.1 blocks per game in a career-high 70 appearances while averaging 8.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.6 steals across 16.9 minutes. Holmes held down the primary backup center role for the Suns last season, but he'll face more competition for minutes with the Kings in 2019-20. Fellow free-agent addition Dewayne Dedmon is likely to start alongside sophomore power forward Marvin Bagley in the frontcourt, while the 21-year-old Harry Giles is coming off an encouraging rookie campaign. As such, Holmes may have a hard time equaling his statistical production from last season. That said, Giles has had his fair share of injuries over the years, so Holmes is worth keeping an eye on even if he begins the season as the third center on the depth chart. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.77 million contract with the Kings in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Richaun Diante Holmes was born in 1993 in Lockport, Illinois, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. He is the son of Richard Sr. and Lydecia Holmes. His parents are both Doctors of Divinity who run a church in Chicago. He has three brothers and attended and played basketball at Lockport Township High School. During his high school days, he grew from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-9. Holmes then played collegiate ball for one season at Moraine Valley Community College before transferring to Bowling Green State University. At Bowling Green, Holmes majored in liberal studies. As a pro, Holmes annually hosts a two-day basketball camp in his hometown at his old high school, Lockport Township, for boys and girls ages 7-18. The goal is to "develop fundamentally strong athletes by teaching solid training methods through professional, knowledgeable and positive coaching, while implementing the importance of good character and moral values." Fans can follow the big man on Twitter and Instagram (@Rich_Holmes22).

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Richaun Holmes played one season (2011-12) of collegiate ball at Moraine Valley Community College, before transferring to Bowling Green State University. Holmes then spent three years at Bowling Green. During is first season with the Falcons, Holmes was a frontcourt reserve. He appeared in 32 games, with two starts, and averaged 6.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over 18.8 minutes per contest. Holmes shifted into the starting lineup as a junior in 2013-14 and increased his production to 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks over 32 minutes per game. The big forward continued to blossom as a senior in 2014-15. He generated 14.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 0.6 three-pointers over 28.8 minutes per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the field. His shooting accuracy was ranked first in the MAC. The Lockport, Illinois native was named to the 2014-15 All Mid-American Conference first team. Holmes also finished 19th in the nation in blocked shots per game. He ended his days with the Falcons as the only player in Bowling Green State University men's basketball history to register 1,000 career points, 600 career rebounds and 200 career blocks.

Set to play Friday
CSacramento Kings
July 30, 2020
Holmes has been officially cleared to play Friday against the Spurs, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
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Holmes recently had to re-quarantine for eight days after briefly leaving the NBA's campus. However, he's remained in good enough shape for coach Luke Walton to feel comfortable playing him in the opener.
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2019

Holmes started a career-high 33 games during the shortened 2019-20 season. For the first time in his career, Holmes averaged double figures in scoring (12.8 PPG) and posted career highs in both rebounds (8.3) and blocks (1.4) per game. The big man led the Kings in double-doubles before the All-Star break with 13. Holmes scored at least 20 points seven times after failing to accomplish that feat over the two past seasons with Phoenix and Philadelphia. On Oct. 28, Holmes recorded his first double-double of the season via 24 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks at home versus the Nuggets. On Dec. 26 against Minnesota, Holmes delivered 20 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a 1-point home loss to the Timberwolves. The 2015 second-round pick missed 25 games in January, February and March due to a shoulder injury. He returned on Mar. 7 for a win in Portland and generated 10 points, eight rebounds and a block in 19 minutes of run. After the injury, Holmes was able to appear in two games before the NBA season was suspended on Mar. 11. Holmes led the Kings in both rebounds and blocks per game.

2018

Holmes spent his 2018-19 season with Phoenix following an offseason trade from Philadelphia. The fourth-year player made a career-high 70 appearances for the Suns, averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. He scored his 1,500th career point on Jan. 15 against the Indiana Pacers. He also set new single-season career highs with 572 points, 331 rebounds and 79 blocks. Holmes scored in double-digits in four consecutive games in three different stretches during the season. He scored a season-high 19 points in a 123-119 overtime loss to the Clippers, where he also grabbed seven boards. He recorded four double-doubles on the season: 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Brooklyn on Nov. 6, 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Sacramento on Dec. 4, 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 27, and 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Houston on March 15. He improved his free throw shooting to a career-best 73.1 percent, raising his career average to 70.6. Homes continued to show growth, as both his playing time and minutes played averages increased after the All-Star Break.

2017

Holmes played a reserve role over 48 games with Philadelphia, averaging 15.5 minutes per contest and picking up two starts. His season got off to a delayed start due to a fractured wrist he suffered in the preseason. Holmes made his debut on Nov. 3, scoring 6 points across 10 minutes against Indiana. The 24-year-old wasn't heavily used on the offensive end, as he averaged 5.0 shots per game, but he did shoot an effective 56.0 percent from the field. That translated to 6.5 points per game, and Holmes scored in double figures 14 times. He also recorded 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest. A bout with gastroenteritis cost Holmes four games in January. Holmes scored a season-high 19 points in a win over Milwaukee on April 11, knocking down 8-of-11 from the field. He had another highly efficient outing on Dec. 12 against Minnesota, finishing with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and also grabbing a season-high 11 rebounds. It was the only double-double of the year for the Bowling Green product. Holmes just missed out on two other double-doubles, as he twice scored in double figures and finished with nine rebounds. The 76ers ended the season with a mark of 52-30 and eliminated the Heat in the first round before losing to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Holmes saw his first career playoff action and played briefly in three of Philly's 10 post-season contests.

2016

Holmes saw significantly more playing time during the 2016-17 season, his second in The Association. The Philadelphia frontcourt reserve appeared in 57 games, with 17 starts, and increased his minutes per game from 13.8 last season to 20.9 in 2016-17. On Nov. 25, Holmes generated 13 points, five boards and three blocks in a loss to Chicago. In mid-December, Holmes was diagnosed with a concussion from an injury suffered in practice and missed 15 straight NBA games. During part of that absence, Holmes played six games with the G League Delaware 87ers and averaged 12.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per G League contest. On Feb. 24, Holmes blocked a career-high five shots while double-doubling via 12 points and 10 rebounds in a win over the Wizards. Holmes registered five double-doubles for the season. An early-March injury to Jahil Okafor (knee) opened the door for Holmes to see more playing time through the end of the season. He started 13 of Philly's last 15 games and averaged 14.3 points and 7.5 boards over 29.4 minutes per game during that span. On March 11, Holmes came off the bench and scored a career-high 24 points, plus grabbed nine rebounds, in a road loss to the Clippers. Nine days later, Holmes started and double-doubled with a career-best-tying 24 points with a career-high 14 rebounds during a close loss at Orlando. On Mar. 29, Holmes scored a new career-high 25 points and grabbed eight boards in a seven-point loss to the Hawks.

2015

Richaun Holmes was drafted in the second round (37th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-10 rookie played in 51 games with one start and averaged 13.8 minutes per game. Holmes made his NBA debut on Opening Night, Oct. 28, with two points, three rebounds and one block during a loss at Boston. He registered his first NBA start on Nov. 9 and generated 11 points, three rebounds, one assists and two blocks in a home loss to the Bulls. However, a hamstring injury forced Holmes to miss 10 of Philly's next 12 games. On Dec. 28, the rookie scored a season-high 18 points, to go with three boards and three blocks, during a loss at Utah. On Feb. 10, the Bowling Green product blocked a season-best four shots in a loss to the Kings. On March 4, Holmes grabbed a season-high eight rebounds during a home loss to the Heat. The frontcourt reserve ended the season with per-game averages of 5.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocked shots.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2nd round (37th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 31, 2015
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • July 20, 2018
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Phoenix Suns for cash.
  • July 16, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings.
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Holmes spent his first three seasons with Philadelphia and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he averaged 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 15.5 minutes. He had grown unsatisfied with his role with the 76ers and wound up being traded to the Suns this offseason. Despite the change in scenery, Holmes isn't expected to find a more prominent workload in Phoenix. The organization drafted Deandre Ayton with the top overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and also bring back Tyson Chandler, so Holmes will be the third string center at best. As a result, he can be avoided in Fantasy leagues and is likely only a DFS option if injuries to Ayton and/or Chandler allow him to pick up a spot start.
Holmes, an early second-round pick in the 2015 draft, had a quiet rookie season. He averaged 13.8 minutes across only 51 games, dogged by hamstring, ankle, and Achilles injuries. Nonetheless, he entered camp before his sophomore season with some minor excitement, with team management going out of their way to include him in media conversations about their log-jam at center – at the time, the roster also featured three top-seven draft picks who played the position. Despite the significant depth at the position, Holmes maintained an average of at least 15.0 minutes per game every month before the All-Star break, though he did accrue several missed games in December, January, and February. As the season wore on, that depth ahead of him shortened, first when Joel Embiid suffered a season-ending knee injury, and then when Nerlens Noel was traded at the deadline. Holmes finally exploded in late March when Jahlil Okafor’s season also ended due to injury. Over the last 11 games of the season, when Holmes was starting, he averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 0.9 threes in 30.4 minutes per game. Holmes enters his third season as the projected backup, ahead of Okafor, and behind only Embiid. That position carries major Fantasy potential, given Embiid’s injury history.
Holmes, the 37th overall pick in last year’s draft, overcame hamstring, ankle and Achilles injuries to log 51 appearances in his first season with the Sixers. Playing a limited role off the bench behind frontcourt starters Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor and top reserve Jerami Grant, Holmes logged 51 appearances, averaging 5.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 13.8 minutes per game. Sixers coach Brett Brown is high on the 22-year-old’s potential -- particularly as an offensive rebounder -- but it will be difficult for Holmes to find playing time in 2016-17 in a chock-full frontcourt. In addition to the names mentioned above, Holmes will now have to contend with another trio of lottery picks (Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid) for minutes, which makes it unlikely that he’ll be a regular member of the rotation. If that’s the case, Holmes could head to the D-League for extended periods throughout the season.
Selected 37th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the 76ers, Holmes fractured his right elbow at summer league but did not require surgery. He signed a multi-year deal with the 76ers a few weeks later and is expected to be healthy by training camp. During his third year at Bowling Green, Holmes averaged 14.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 three-pointers in 29 minutes per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free-throw line. His defensive prowess earned him the MAC Defensive Player of the Year Award. Before the elbow injury ended his summer league, Holmes provided 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 1.0 block, and 1.0 three-pointer in 17 minutes per game over three contests. The 21-year-old forward, sporting a 7-foot-2 wingspan, is yet another athletic wing the Sixers can utilize on defense for his innate ability to protect the rim. Holmes also boasts a deceptive three-point shot, converting 35 percent during his three years at Bowling Green. He still could use some offensive refinement on the low block, and with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor slated to consume most of the power forward and center minutes, Holmes may find it difficult to play extended minutes off the bench.
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Returns to practice
CSacramento Kings
July 21, 2020
Holmes returned to practice Tuesday following a mandatory quarantine period, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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Forced into quarantine
CSacramento Kings
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July 13, 2020
Holmes announced Monday via his personal Twitter account that he will be forced to self-isolate at his hotel room in Orlando for the next eight days after briefly leaving the NBA's campus at Walt Disney World.
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Rejoins starting five
CSacramento Kings
March 11, 2020
Holmes will start Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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Playing time limited again Sunday
CSacramento Kings
March 9, 2020
Holmes logged 19 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 118-113 loss to the Raptors, finishing with six points (3-4 FG, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
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To remain on minutes limit
CSacramento Kings
March 8, 2020
Holmes will remain on a minutes limit Sunday against Toronto, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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