Pat Connaughton
Pat Connaughton
27-Year-Old GuardG
Milwaukee Bucks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In his first season with the Bucks, Connaughton contributed career-high averages in points (6.9), rebounds (4.2), assists (2.0), threes (1.1), steals (0.5), blocks (0.4) and minutes (20.7). Perhaps most impressively, Connaughton had the same turnover average (0.5) in 2017-18, so he nearly doubled his assist average this past season, from 1.1 to 2.0, while limiting mistakes. The offseason departure of Malcolm Brogdon figures to open up more playing time for Connaughton, which is precisely what happened when Brogdon went down with a foot injury in mid-March. In fact, in 24 games after the All-Star break, Connaughton raised his averages to 8.6 points (50.0 FG%, 38.2 3P%, 77.8 FT%), 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists versus 0.6 turnovers, 1.4 threes, 0.7 steals and 0.4 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game. There's no guarantee he'll be able to maintain that level of efficiency or production over the course of 2019-20. Still, his ability to stretch the floor as a shooter and make sound decisions with the ball bodes well for his role going forward. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.36 million contract with the Bucks in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Patrick Bergin Connaughton, son of Leonard and Susan, was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1993. He starred as a three-sport athlete in high school and thought he'd be a baseball player. He dominated on the mound at St. John's Prep in Danvers' Massachusetts, with collegiate offers rolling in from all over the country. That all changed after one "spectacular week" during an AAU Tournament in Florida which saw Connaughton push through 33 points and 20 rebounds in one game. In 2011, he won the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts while also capturing the state's ESPN Mr. Basketball. After four years at St. John's, Connaughton took his baseball and basketball talents to Notre Dame and averaged seven points and 4.4 rebounds while compiling a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts for the baseball team. After being picked 121st overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 MLB Draft, Connaughton returned to Notre Dame for his senior year of basketball, serving as the team's lone captain. His 12.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game helped lead the Irish to historic heights, as they made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and eventually fell to Kentucky by just two points. Connaughton, a graduate of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, is President of the With Us Foundation, which focuses on "creating access to athletics for all kids, affording them the opportunity to learn translatable life skills and values through the healthy and enjoyable vehicle of sports". More information can be found on the organization's website, withusfoundation.com. You can follow Connaughton on Twitter @Pconnaughton and on Instagram @Patconnaughton.

College/International Summary

Connaughton spent four years with Notre Dame as a two-sport star. In addition to playing basketball, the 6-5 guard pitched for the baseball team. He started 18 games as a freshman and contributed 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Fighting Irish. Connaughton put up at least 20 points three times, including 23 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Marquette. He moved into the starting lineup for all 35 games as a sophomore and recorded 8.9 points and 4.7 rebounds. The guard enjoyed a huge effort in a win over Louisville with 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. The Irish moved from the Big East to the ACC for Connaughton's junior season, where he'd go on to average 13.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists while registering five double-doubles. As a senior, the guard led the Irish to the Elite Eight with 12.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. He was also named to the All-Midwest Region team after notching 16 points and 10 rebounds during a win over Wichita State.

Does little in starting role
GMilwaukee Bucks
March 10, 2020
Connaughton posted six points (2-7 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes Monday in the Bucks' 109-95 loss to the Nuggets.
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Milwaukee held out all but one of its regular starters (Wesley Matthews) for either rest or injury in the second half of the back-to-back set, allowing Connaughton to enter the starting five for the first time all season. Though he picked up extended minutes thanks to the absences, Connaughton's empty showing from three-point range prevented him from making a meaningful fantasy impact. He'll likely move back to the bench and see his minutes drop back into the teens in the Bucks' next game Thursday versus the Celtics.
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2018

The 2018-19 season marked Connaughton's fourth in the league and first with the Bucks following a three-year stint with the Trail Blazers. He played 61 games and reached per-game career highs in minutes (20.7), points (6.9), rebounds (4.2) and assists (2.0). His points (12.0) and assists (3.5) per 36 minutes also represented career marks. Connaughton saw extended run during the final two months of the season, averaging 8.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 27.0 minutes during March and April. One of his best games of the season came during that stretch, in a 14-point victory over the Rockets on Mar. 26. He posted 14 points, going 4-of-5 from deep, while also adding seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes. Coach Mike Budenholzer continued to trust Connaughton during the Bucks' postseason run to the Eastern Conference Finals. In 15 appearances, he averaged 6.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.6 minutes. During the first round of the playoffs against the Pistons, Connaughton posted an impressive 18 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three assists during a 21-point, Game 2 victory.

2017

Connaughton saw his role increase significantly in 2017-18, jumping a full 10.0 minutes per game up from the previous season. He appeared in all 82 games, starting five contests and averaging 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 18.1 minutes. Connaughton shot 42.3 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from three and 84.1 percent from the charity stripe. His best performance was during the season opener in a 48-point victory over the Suns. Connaughton played 32 minutes and posted 24 points (9-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and two assists. It was his lone 20-point effort, but he did manage 12 performances with at least 10 points. Connaughton also racked up seven efforts that included at least one made three, one rebound, one assist and one steal. His best shooting month of the season was April, with Connaughton posting a 76.0 true shooting percentage on the back of 10-of-16 shooting from the field, 4-of-9 shooting from deep and 1-of-1 shooting from the charity stripe across 100 total minutes. Under head coach Terry Stotts, the Trail Blazers finished 49-33 but lost in the first round of the postseason to the Pelicans. In the playoffs, Connaughton played 14.8 minutes per game, averaging 4.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 rebounds.

2016

A second-year pro, Connaughton saw his playing time increase a bit in his sophomore campaign. He saw action in 39 contests compared to just 34 in his rookie season, while his minutes nearly doubled to 8.1 per game. Although the sample size was small, Connaughton proved to be a remarkably efficient offensive player. He shot 51.4 percent from the field, including 51.5 percent from three-point range. Connaughton also displayed excellent ball security, averaging just 0.4 turnover per game. Seeing his role expand in Portland's final two regular-season games, Connaughton put forth his best two performances to date. He posted a career-high 15 points against the Spurs on April 10 before setting a new high-water mark with 19 points against New Orleans just two days later. Connaughton hit three shots from downtown in the game against San Antonio and connected on 5-of-10 from deep against the Pelicans. Clearly having earned the trust of the Portland coaching staff, Connaughton was called upon in three of the Blazers' four postseason games. In Game 2 against Golden State on April 19, Connaughton logged six rebounds in addition to a pair of assists.

2015

Following four years at Notre Dame, Connaughton was selected with the 41st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He appeared in 34 games for the Trail Blazers during his age 23 rookie season. In 4.2 minutes per game, Connaughton averaged 1.1 points on 26.5 percent shooting. His best performance of the season was Mar. 11 during a 16-point loss to the Warriors. In 12 minutes, Connaughton posted seven points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two assists and two rebounds. He saw the most minutes during an eight-point win over the Nuggets on Apr. 13. He played 29 minutes and recorded three points (1-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt), eight rebounds and one assist. Connaughton's season highs stood at, respectively, seven points (twice), eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Under head coach Terry Stotts, Portland finished 44-38, defeating the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. Connaughton saw eight total minutes in the postseason. He recorded eight points and one rebound.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Brooklyn Nets in the second round (41st pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a three-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • August 1, 2018
    Signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Connaughton saw his role dramatically increase last season -- his third year in the association. During his rookie and sophomore campaigns, he averaged minutes in the single-digits. In 2017-18, he was handed 18.1 minutes per night. While not a volume scorer by any means (5.4 PPG), the Notre Dame product has been a solid source of threes, going 91-of-243 (37.4 percent) over the past two campaigns. Connaughton also stepped up when given the opportunity, averaging 9.0 points 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 minutes across 23.7 minutes in five starts, also shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three in those tilts. The fourth-year man, who essentially split minutes between shooting guard and small forward last season, will be joining a relatively crowded wing rotation in Milwaukee. However, he should have the opportunity to fight for run between Tony Snell, Sterling Brown and Donte DiVincenzo.
Over the course of his four-year career at Notre Dame, Connaughton developed a reliable three-point shot, knocking down 2.4 treys per game as both a junior and senior. In addition to leading the nation in total spot-up points last season en route to 1.253 points per possession in those situations, the 6-foot-5, 218-pound wing was forced to man power forward due to the guard-heavy nature of the Fighting Irish roster. Responding with a career-best 7.4 rebounds per game and 36 blocks in 38 contests, he validated his athleticism with a 39-inch vertical leap at the NBA Combine in May. During this year's draft, his rights were acquired by the Blazers along with Mason Plumlee in exchange for Steve Blake and upcoming rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Connaughton's future in the league was in question due to his status as an MLB prospect in the Orioles' organization, but he came to terms on a three-year deal, with the first two guaranteed, ensuring his experiment with professional hoops proceeds as planned. If he can wring out a role at some point, his skill set suggests that he could fill some of the long-distance shooting lost with the departure of Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum.
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Starting Monday
GMilwaukee Bucks
March 9, 2020
Connaughton will get the spot-start at in Monday's game against the Nuggets, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
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Season-high four threes
GMilwaukee Bucks
February 28, 2020
Connaughton supplied 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt), four rebounds and three assists during Friday night's 133-86 win over the Thunder. He played 18 minutes off the bench.
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Plays 16 minutes Thursday
GMilwaukee Bucks
February 7, 2020
Connaughton finished with six points (3-6 FG), two rebounds and one block in 16 minutes during Thursday's 112-101 victory over the 76ers.
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Cleared to play
GMilwaukee Bucks
February 4, 2020
Connaughton (ankle) has been cleared to play Tuesday against the Pelicans.
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Tabbed probable Tuesday
GMilwaukee Bucks
Ankle
February 3, 2020
Connaughton is listed as probable for Tuesday's contest against New Orleans due to right ankle soreness.
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