Denzel Valentine
Denzel Valentine
26-Year-Old GuardG
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Valentine missed the entire 2018-19 season, which would have been his third, after undergoing reconstructive left ankle surgery last November. Coming off an unimpressive rookie campaign in which he managed averages of 5.1 points (35.4 FG%, 35.1 3P%, 77.8 FT%), 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 threes, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 17.1 minutes across 57 appearances in 2016-17, Valentine improved in virtually every statistical category in 2017-18. In fact, he contributed twice as many points (10.2), nearly twice as many boards (5.1) and almost three times as many dimes (3.2) per game. His full line of 10.2 points (41.7 FG%, 38.6 3P%, 74.5 FT%), 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.9 threes, 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocks in 27.2 minutes across 77 games and 37 starts speaks to his well-rounded and versatile skillset. Perhaps the biggest leap he made was as a playmaker, as Valentine went from handing out 1.1 dimes versus 0.9 turnovers as a rookie to 3.2 dimes versus 1.3 giveaways as a sophomore. There will be plenty of competition for playing time at just about every position on a Bulls roster that's suddenly pretty deep, plus Valentine will likely be working his way back into the flow of things after an extremely lengthy injury absence. However, one positive indicator in Valentine's favor is he has the size (6-6) and ability to survive at several positions. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.28 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2016. Bulls exercised $2.28 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Bulls exercised $3.38 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Personal Bio

Valentine, son of former Michigan State basketball player Carlton Valentine, was born Nov. 16, 1993. He attended J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, Michigan, where he was a four-year letter winner. Valentine helped the team to a state title his sophomore year with a double-digit scoring effort in the championship game. As a senior, he averaged a double-double per game and was named the Lansing State Journal Player of the Year while leading Sexton to a 27-1 record. He went on to play college ball at Michigan State, joining high school teammate Bryn Forbes. Valentine has a brother, Drew, who played college basketball at the University of Oakland. You can follow Valentine on Twitter (@denzelvalentine) and Instagram (@denzelvalentine).

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Valentine spent all four years of college playing for Michigan State. As a sophomore in 2013-14, he was named to the All-Big Ten Honorable Mention Team with averages of 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists. In 2014-15, he was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team with averages of 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists. As a senior in 2015-16, he was named the AP Player of the Year, averaging 19.9 points on 14.3 shot attempts, 7.8 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 33.0 minutes. Valentine's best performance in college was Feb. 14 during a win over Indiana. Across 38 minutes, he posted 30 points (11-19 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 13 assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block.

Scores 11 in loss
GChicago Bulls
March 4, 2020
Valentine had 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), two rebounds and a steal in 18 minutes during Wednesday's 115-108 loss to Minnesota.
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Again filling in for Zach LaVine (quad), Valentine reached double-digit scoring and has now done so in back-to-back games for the first time since mid-December. Potentially usable in deeper leagues, receiving only 18 minutes on a shorthanded roster may be symbolic of Chicago having little interest in expanding his ceiling going forward.
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2019

The COVID19-shortened 2019-20 season was Valentine's third season in the Association. He appeared in 36 games for the Bulls, out of a possible 65, during the season. Valentine averaged 6.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 13.6 minutes per contest. He shot 40.9 percent from the field and drained 1.3 three-pointers per game at a 33.6 percent clip. Arguably his best overall performance of the campaign was Dec. 11 against the Hawks. In 22 minutes, Valentine posted 10 points (4-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, four steals, three rebounds and two blocks. On Mar. 2, the versatile wing scored a season-high 17 points during a home win over the Mavericks. For the season, Valentine posted double-digit points 12 times and grabbed at least three rebounds 12 times. He had multiple steals in five games. In the eight games that Valentine saw at least 20 minutes, he averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals. He also averaged 1.8 made threes in those games. In October and November, Valentine missed 14 of Chicago's first 17 games due to ankle and hip injuries.

2018

Despite a stellar sophomore season, Valentine battled ankle trouble through the entirety of October and remained out indefinitely in early-November. It was announced Nov. 19 that he would undergo ankle surgery, which was originally given a 4-to-6 week timetable. Valentine ended up needed a more serious stabilization procedure, and before the end of November, the Bulls announced he would miss the entirety of the 2018-19 season. After a summer of recovery, Valentine was deemed "ready to go" for the 2019-20 season.

2017

Valentine appeared in 77 games (37 starts) during the 2017-18 campaign with the Bulls. He set career highs in points (10.2), rebounds (5.1) and assists (3.2) per game. He also set highs in field-goal percentage (41.7) and three-point percentage (38.6). He set single-game career highs in points (34), rebounds (13), assists (seven) and steals (five). Valentine's best performance of the season occurred Mar. 17 during a five-point loss to the Cavaliers. He started, played 39 minutes and posted 34 points (13-20 FG, 8-11 3Pt), seven rebounds, six assists and one block. It was one of his four games with at least 20 points. He also ended up with five double-doubles on the season. Valentine also had the third-highest VORP (0.5) on the Bulls of anyone who saw at least 1,000 minutes with the team. The Bulls finished the season 27-55 and did not make the playoffs.

2016

Following four seasons at Michigan State, Valentine was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Bulls. He made his NBA debut during the second game of the season, Oct. 29 during a 17-point win over the Pacers. Valentine saw five minutes of run and posted one rebound. Valentine ultimately appeared in 57 games. Across 17.1 minutes per contest, Valentine averaged 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He shot 35.4 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe. The rookie drained 1.3 three-pointers per contest and shot 35.1 percent from behind the arc. Valentine set single-game career highs of 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. On Jan. 10, the rookie scored a season-high 19 points during a close loss at Washington. His best performance of the season occurred Feb. 24 during a seven-point victory over the Suns. Valentine posted 15 points (5-9 FG, 5-8 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists and three steals in 34 minutes. On Mar. 18, Valentine recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds during a home win over the Jazz. The Bulls finished the season 41-41, making the playoffs but losing in the Eastern Conference First Round to the Celtics in six games. Valentine played 22 playoff minutes, totaling five points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block. During the season, Valentine missed games due to recurring ankle injuries.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 16, 2016
    Signed a rookie contract with the Chicago Bulls.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 14th overall pick in 2016, Valentine drew starts (37) for the first time in his career last season and saw 27.2 minutes per tilt. In that time, the Michigan State product averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He was also a reliable from beyond the arc, drilling 1.9 threes per game at 38.6 percent. Though still struggling with consistency, Valentine managed to secure five double-doubles and even registered a 30-point game. However, his path to playing time is tougher this season, as the Bulls re-signed Zach LaVine, added Jabari Parker through free agency, and retained Justin Holiday. That said, if any wing player on the Bulls goes down with injury, Valentine is seemingly first in line to garner extended run. So, while he can be avoided in most Fantasy formats come draft day, keeping tabs on him through the waiver wire could pay off.
Selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Valentine played a relatively small role off the bench as a rookie and was limited to just 57 games because of a few recurring ankle injuries. He averaged 17.1 minutes for the entire season, though there was a 16-game stretch from early March through early April where he saw 26.4 minutes per game in extended run off the bench. Still Valentine's role eventually declined as the season wound down and he finished with averages of just 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 three-pointers, while shooting 35.4 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from deep. Valentine should be looking at a slightly larger role going into the 2017-18 season. The Bulls traded away superstar Jimmy Butler and there's been rumors of a potential buyout with Dwyane Wade as well. That means Valentine will likely be battling with Justin Holiday and Paul Zipser for minutes at both shooting guard and small forward. Look for Valentine to see more playing time in the Bulls' rebuild attempt, especially considering he's just 23 years old, so he shouldn't have trouble surpassing the 17.1 he averaged as a rookie.
Valentine capped a stellar four-year career at Michigan State by averaging 19.2 points, 7.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game as a senior. The All-American was selected with the 14th overall pick in the draft under the pretense that he'd be able to step in as an immediate contributor in the Bulls' backcourt. While Valentine will surely be a rotational player as a rookie, the arrivals of Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade mean his role will be smaller than initially anticipated. Valentine's ability to play both on and off the ball is valuable, but the minutes totals for both Rondo and Wade are likely to be large enough to prevent Valentine from holding substantial fantasy value as a rookie. It also remains to be seen how Valentine will adjust to the pro game. His all-around production at the college level is what made him such an intriguing prospect, but he'll no longer play in an offense completely tailored around his playmaking. Valentine is a strong enough shooter (he hit 44.4% of his attempts from downtown last season) to survive, but his assist numbers, especially, could drop off significantly as he spends more time working as a secondary guard.
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Scores season-high 17 in 21 minutes
GChicago Bulls
March 2, 2020
Valentine delivered 17 points (7-15 FG, 3-10 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists and one block in 21 minutes during Monday's 109-107 win over the Mavericks.
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Starting for injured LaVine
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March 2, 2020
Valentine will get the start Monday against the Mavericks, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reports.
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Logs 10 minutes in return
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March 1, 2020
Valentine (hamstring) put up eight points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt) and three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench Saturday in the Bulls' 125-115 loss to the Knicks.
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Cleared to play vs. Knicks
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February 29, 2020
Valentine (hamstring) is available for Saturday's game against the Knicks.
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Questionable Saturday
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Hamstring
February 28, 2020
Valentine is questionable for Saturday's game against the Knicks, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.
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