Jake Layman
Jake Layman
26-Year-Old ForwardF
Minnesota Timberwolves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Layman joined the Timberwolves in a three-year, $11.5 million sign-and-trade deal after spending his first three seasons with the Trail Blazers. He averaged career highs in points (7.6) and rebounds (3.1) in 2018, playing 18.7 minutes off the bench on a loaded Portland team. He played more games in his third season (71) than he did in his first two years combined (70), notching 33 starts. Despite the expanded role, Layman was often a low-usage, inconsistent player and actually saw his production fall when in the starting lineup. However, he did have a few big games, and Layman averaged 19.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal in the four games in which he saw at least 30 minutes. He could see more playing time with the Wolves in 2019-20, with a sixth-man ceiling if he can make a leap. Still, he's likely only worth drafting in deeper fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $11.5 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2019. Traded to the Timberwolves in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Jake Layman was born in Norwood, Massachusetts in 1994. One of five sons born to Tim and Claire Layman, athletes in their own right from the University of Maine, Layman became a basketball star at King Philip Regional High School, where he averaged 26.0 points, 5.0 blocks and 4.0 assists as a senior. Layman was named a four-star prospect and graded 93 by ESPN.com; he chose the University of Maryland at College Park over Boston College, Iowa and Notre Dame. Layman graduated from Maryland after four years, leaving with a degree in American studies. In 2012, he played on the USA team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, averaging 7.6 points per game en route to the tournament's top spot. You can follow him on Twitter @JLayman10 and on Instagram @J_lay_lay.

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Layman was named to the All-Big Ten honorable mention list for his senior season in 2015-16. He was just one of a dozen players in Maryland men's basketball history to collect 1,400 points (1,436) and 600 rebounds (674). Layman helped lead Maryland to the 2016 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen. The Wrentham, Massachusetts native tied for first on the Terps in 3-point baskets (1.6) per game. He was second on Maryland in his senior season in free-throw percentage (83.2). As a junior in the 2014-15 season, he led Maryland in rebounds per game with 5.8. Layman was selected in the second round (47th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on draft night.

Best game since return Friday
FMinnesota Timberwolves
March 7, 2020
Layman posted 14 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 18 minutes during Friday's 132-118 loss to the Magic.
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Layman had his best performance since his Feb. 24 return from a toe injury that cost him 41 consecutive games. He'll look to carry this momentum into Sunday's game against the Pelicans, who play at the second-fastest pace in the league.
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2019

Playing in his fourth NBA season, Layman saw action in Minnesota's first 14 games, starting twice. Layman made his Timberwolves debut on Oct. 23, scoring 10 points and recording two rebounds as Minnesota eked out a one point win over Brooklyn. On Nov. 2 against Washington, Layman scored 14 points and added three rebounds. He made his first start for Minnesota on Nov. 16 against Houston and scored 21 points while adding five rebounds and two assists. Layman suffered a left toe sprain on Nov. 18 against the Jazz, and the injury forced him to miss the next 39 games. Layman returned to action against the Mavericks on Feb. 24, playing 13 minutes off the bench. He appeared in the Wolves' final nine games before the season was suspended on Mar. 11. In those nine games, Layman averaged 7.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game. Against Orlando on Mar. 6, Layman posted 14 points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist.

2018

Layman took a huge step forward with the Trail Blazers in 2018-19, establishing career highs in nearly every category. Evidently benefiting from extensive Las Vegas Summer League action, he erupted for a game-high 28 points in a preseason contest against the Suns, which helped him secure a spot in the regular-season opener. His versatility rendered him an adequate fill-in for Maurice Harkless at his natural small forward position, and he even stepped in for C.J. McCollum when the established guard missed time in March with a knee injury. The Maryland product ended up averaging 18.7 minutes, 7.6 points (on a 50.9 field-goal percentage), and 3.1 rebounds in the regular season. Naturally, his usage rate spiked to a personal best 22.4 percent. Arguably his best game of the season came on Feb. 5 during a loss to the Heat. Layman posted 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal across 33 minutes. After Portland acquired Rodney Hood in early February, Layman stayed the course and fashioned 10 double-digit scoring performances leading up to the postseason. He finished the campaign with four 20-point games and two contests with at least 10 boards. On the defensive end, he posted three or more blocks twice and at least one steal on 24 occasions. Even with Terry Stotts opting for a more experienced lineup in the playoffs, Layman saw the court in five appearances across three series.

2017

In his second NBA season, Layman once again played in exactly 35 games with one start. The Maryland product averaged 1.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game across 4.6 minutes of action for the Trail Blazers. His rate stats ticked up a bit from the prior season, with his 3.6 rebounds per 36 minutes, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals per 36 minutes were all improvements over his rookie campaign. Layman set season highs with eight points and five rebounds against Golden State on Dec. 11, and he picked up a season-high two steals against Phoenix on Oct. 18. Layman's season high in blocks was also two, which he recorded on Nov. 24 against Brooklyn. The 23-year-old got a taste of playoff action for the second straight year as well, as he saw seven minutes on the court in Game 3 of the Wolves' first-round loss to New Orleans.

2016

A second-round pick by Orlando in the 2016 NBA Draft, Layman was traded to Portland on draft night. He split time between the G League and the NBA in his rookie campaign, ultimately making 35 appearances (one start) with the Trail Blazers. The Maryland product finished with 2.2 points and 0.7 rebounds per game across 7.1 minutes per contest. Per 36 minutes, Layman averaged 11.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. He also chipped in 1.3 steals per 36 minutes. In eight games with the G League's Windy City Bulls, Layman saw extended playing time, averaging 33.4 minutes per contest. The 22-year-old averaged 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game across those eight appearances. With the Trail Blazers, Layman scored a season-high 17 points against Golden State on Nov. 1. He went for double figures one other time, netting 10 points against New Orleans on Apr. 12 -- a game in which he also recorded a season-high three assists. Layman notched a season-high four rebounds on two occasions.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 2nd round (47th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft. Traded by the Magic to the Portland Trail Blazers for a 2019 2nd round draft pick (Jaylen Hands was later selected) and cash.
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • July 8, 2019
    Signed a three-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. Then traded by Portland to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Bojan Dubljevic.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
Layman logged 35 games for the second time in as many seasons during the 2017-18 campaign, but he actually saw a drop in his already minuscule playing time. The Maryland product tallied just 4.6 minutes per contest and was an overall non-factor. He’s shot under 30.0 percent during each of his first two pro seasons as well, and he remains buried on the power forward depth chart heading into training camp. Layman did see plenty of opportunity in Las Vegas Summer League play (23.1 minutes across seven games), and despite solid numbers – 13.4 points (on 57.0 percent shooting), 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals – he isn't guaranteed a spot on the final roster.
Selected with the 47th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Layman came into the 2016-17 campaign with low expectations. That made his relatively unsuccessful rookie season not much of a surprise, as the 23-year-old forward averaged just 2.2 points across 7.1 minutes. Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Layman is still buried on the depth chart. While the Trail Blazers traded away Allen Crabbe, guys like Evan Turner, Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu should dominate the minutes at the two forward spots, limiting Layman's ability to see the court. He should see an increase in games played, but unless he displays a much-improved shot (29.2 percent from the field and 25.5 percent from the three-point line), Layman is unlikely to have much of a role in the team's regular rotation.
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Logs 13 minutes in return
FMinnesota Timberwolves
February 25, 2020
Layman (toe) produced five points (2-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and three rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench Monday in the Timberwolves' 139-123 loss to the Mavericks.
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Will play Monday
FMinnesota Timberwolves
February 24, 2020
Layman (toe) will be available for Monday's game against Dallas, Dane Moore of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Deemed probable Monday
FMinnesota Timberwolves
Toe
February 24, 2020
Layman (toe) is probable for Monday's game against Dallas.
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Nearing return
FMinnesota Timberwolves
Toe
February 20, 2020
The Timberwolves announced Thursday that Layman (toe) has received clearance to resume practicing. He'll be re-evaluated in one week before Minnesota determines his availability for games.
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Remains out Wednesday
FMinnesota Timberwolves
Toe
February 12, 2020
Layman (toe) was ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.
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