Denzel Valentine

Denzel Valentine

28-Year-Old GuardG
Cleveland Cavaliers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $4.13 million contract with the Cavaliers in September of 2021.
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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). 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.

Signs with Cavaliers
GFree Agent
September 10, 2021
Valentine signed a two-year, partially guarenteed deal with the Cavaliers on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports
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Valentine had been with the Bulls since getting drafted in 2016. He averaged 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 19.8 minutes during his time there. He will now try to make an impression with Cleveland at training camp.
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Valentine returned to Chicago on a one-year deal this offseason and projects to once again play an important role in the shooting guard and small forward rotations. The 2018 14th overall pick saw a downturn across the board last season after missing the entire 2018-19 campaign following ankle surgery Valentine logged a career-low 13.6 minutes per contest over his 36 games while losing time to a hamstring injury, but he's now had a full nine months since the Bulls paused play to get his lower body ready for the rigors of the new campaign. Valentine should continue coming off the bench at both wing spots as the need arises, although he may ultimately see more time at shooting guard with the team appearing to be deeper at small forward.
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.
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 11 off bench
GChicago Bulls
April 17, 2021
Valentine had 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-6 3Pt), an assist and a block in 17 minutes off the bench Friday against Memphis.
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Bounces back with 19 off bench
GChicago Bulls
April 1, 2021
Valentine had 19 points (8-18 FG, 3-9 3Pt), six rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's loss to Phoenix.
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Can't find rhythm
GChicago Bulls
March 27, 2021
Valentine is averaging 17.7 minutes, 5.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.4 rebounds on 32.8 percent shooting in 18 games since the All-Star break.
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Good two-way effort in OT win
GChicago Bulls
February 25, 2021
Valentine managed 10 points (5-10 FG), five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 133-126 overtime win over the Timberwolves.
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Struggles from field in win
GChicago Bulls
February 22, 2021
Valentine totaled five points (2-9 FG, 1-7 3PT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes Monday against the Rockets.
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