Kevon Looney

Kevon Looney

28-Year-Old CenterC
Golden State Warriors
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Looney has always been known as the fifth guy in the Golden State lineup, but he's developed into an excellent center for the club. The big man set career-highs across the board last year, averaging 7.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks on 63 percent shooting. That's quite the line, and it looks even better since he played a full 82 games for the second straight year. Not many players bring that sort of reliability in today's NBA, especially a plodding center like this. He was able to post those impressive numbers across just 24 minutes a night, but getting closer to 30 minutes is not out of the realm of possibility. He can be one of the league leaders in rebounds in that robust role, and it doesn't look like Golden State wants to run as much small-ball as they used to. If you need rebounds or any big-man stats late in your draft, Looney is one of the best picks outside the Top 100. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract with the Warriors in July of 2022.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Kevon Grant Looney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Doug and Victoria Looney. He has an older brother, Kevin, and an older sister, Summer. Looney attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Milwaukee. In his sophomore year, he averaged 20.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game and was named Player of the Year of the Milwaukee City Conference. During the following season, Looney averaged 26.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 7.0 blocks and 3.1 assists per game, leading his team to a second-place finish for the conference title. Looney was even more dominant during his senior season, averaging 27.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 8.0 blocks per game to lead his squad to the league title. He was named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year and Associated Press Player of the Year in the state of Wisconsin. He was also named Mr. Basketball by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. In addition, Looney was recognized as a McDonald's All-American and a Parade All-American. Prior to departing for college, Looney worked as a youth basketball instructor and peer tutor on behalf of the Running Rebels Community Organization and the Milwaukee Violence Free Zone Initiative. Learn more about Looney by following him on Twitter (@Loon_Rebel5) and on Instagram (@looney). Prior to making his way from Wisconsin to UCLA, Looney suffered a hip injury that seemed to hamper him throughout his lone season as a Bruin. Despite the injury, the forward did not miss a practice or game. He was a starter from the opening tip and helped UCLA own the glass. On the season, the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 11.6 points and a team-leading 9.2 rebounds. He had four double-doubles in his first five games and 15 overall. Looney had perhaps his best game in a win over Stanford that helped the team snap a five-game losing streak. He had 27 points and 19 rebounds. Looney logged his last double-double in the NCAA Tournament with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win over UAB. He was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team and the All-Freshman Team. Looney decided to forgo three seasons of eligibility by declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft, where he was chosen in the first round by the Golden State Warriors with the 30th overall pick.

Sniffs double-double in win
CGolden State Warriors
April 12, 2024
Looney finished with nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four blocks and two steals over 21 minutes during Thursday's 100-92 win over Portland.
ANALYSIS
Looney's usage has plummeted over the past few months, and he hasn't started since Jan. 25. The nine-year pro moved up the depth chart Thursday due to Draymond Green's (knee) absence, and although Looney will probably make the 15-man roster for the playoffs, consistent usage for the former first-unit center isn't guaranteed. Trayce Jackson-Davis has been the preferred second-unit frontcourt option recently, and the pecking order isn't expected to change unless coach Steve Kerr decides that a particular matchup favors Looney's skill set.
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How does Kevon Looney compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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62.0%
 
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59.7%
 
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0.4%
 
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35.6%
 
Offensive Rebound %
13.1%
 
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24.6%
 
Total Rebound %
18.9%
 
Assist %
14.2%
 
Steal %
1.0%
 
Block %
2.2%
 
Turnover %
11.0%
 
Usage %
11.3%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
15.6
 
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1.0
 
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Situational value in question
CGolden State Warriors
February 26, 2024
Looney was scoreless in just 10 minutes of action during Sunday's loss to Denver despite coach Steve Kerr noting pregame that "one of the reasons the Warriors still need Looney is for his experience" in matchups versus players such as Nikola Jokic.
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Looney finished with a plus-three net rating in the box score, but he was scarcely utilized despite Kerr prefacing his matchup significance. The terminology "still needing Looney" isn't a ringing endorsement of the 28-year-old's future with the team.
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Looney claimed a starting role for much of the 2021-22 postseason, averaging 8.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists over 26.4 minutes per game in his nine straight games in the unit. He shifted back to the bench in favor of Otto Porter for the final three games against Boston in the Finals but still averaged north of 22 minutes in those contests. Porter has since moved on to the Raptors and Gary Payton II signed with the Trail Blazers, while Golden State picked up Jamychal Green and Donte DiVincenzo during the offseason. Looney's late-season showing earned him a three-year, $25.5 million deal with the Warriors, suggesting the team has sizable plans for him moving forward. Looney's biggest contribution comes on the glass, where he compiled 7.3 rebounds per game overall during the regular season and a major jump during the playoff stretch. While Looney doesn't contribute from beyond the arc, that does result in an efficient percentage from the field. Looney has connected on 54 percent or better of his shot attempts in the last two seasons. He's unlikely to be a major scoring threat but can contribute some in both blocks and steals, making the 26-year-old forward a viable option in some fantasy formats. However, fantasy managers need to be wary that James Wiseman will be in the fold after missing all of last season. The second overall pick from 2020 has the potential to cut into Looney's workload.
Looney is a two-time NBA Champion. That's the good news. The bad news is his per-game career highs for scoring is 6.3 PPG (2018-19) and rebounds is 5.3 RPG (last season). Unless the Warriors make a big trade, Looney is entrenched behind second-year player James Wiseman. With Wiseman around last season, Looney still started 34 of 61 games and averaged 19.0 minutes per game. That still led to only 3.2 field goal attempts per game. Wiseman, last year's second overall pick, is still only 20 years old with tremendous upside. It would be foolish of the Warriors to continue jamming Looney in for defensive support when they should be developing Wiseman. Expect Looney to regress to a reserve role, with minimal counting stats.
Looney re-upped with Golden State on a three-year deal after spending his first four seasons with the Warriors. He's been a perennial backup, averaging fewer than 10 minutes per contest in each of his first two seasons in the league and playing a career-high 18.5 minutes in 2018-19. He produced career highs across the board with 6.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists on 62.5 percent shooting in 80 appearances. The last time Looney was on the court, he showed a lot of heart, playing through a fractured collarbone in the Finals. Despite cementing his status as a Bay Area fan favorite, he's unlikely to be fantasy-relevant outside of deeper leagues. Golden State has typically employed a committee at the five rather than giving big minutes to one center, and the additions of Willie Cauley-Stein and Omari Spellman to the frontcourt don't bode well for Looney's playing time.
Looney, drafted 30th overall out of UCLA in 2014, saw the most run of his NBA career last season. He appeared in 66 games for the NBA Champions, seeing 13.8 minutes per game, including four starts. In that run, he averaged 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 58.0 percent from the field. Though he was mostly a depth option, Looney was able to flash upside, posting five games with at least 10 points, one 10-rebound game, seven performances with at least three blocks and three tilts with at least three steals. Significant minutes won't be easy to come by again this season, as the Warriors added DeMarcus Cousins in the offseason, plus still have Draymond Green and Jordan Bell as options in the frontcourt.
Looney enters his third NBA season as still somewhat of an unknown commidity, with hip injuries having effectively made his rookie campaign a redshirt one and the loaded Warriors roster having left him with limited opportunities to pick up playing time in 2016-17. After the 6-foot-9 Looney added muscle last summer and stood out with his rebounding in the preseason, the Warriors were optimistic that he would stake his claim to a regular rotation role, but inconsistent performances early on along with the team's ample frontcourt depth mostly made him an afterthought by the time the second half of the season arrived. Looney, a first-round pick in 2015, still has some upside due to his youth (he'll turn 22 in February) and pedigree, but he's at a point in his development timeline where he'll need to provide the Warriors with tangible evidence that he's deserving of a place in their long-term plans. With the team re-signing Kevin Durant and David West, bringing in Omri Casspi via free agency and drafting athletic big man Jordan Bell in the second round, Looney looks like he could remain on the outs for a rotation spot entering training camp.
Looney was Golden State's first addition to its championship roster when he was selected 30th overall in the 2015 draft. The 19-year-old played one season at UCLA, where he served mainly as a power forward. He started strong for the Bruins before cooling off as the season progressed. That makes you wonder if his conditioning needs improvement. Most of his scoring came via the hustle play – off the offensive glass, pick-and-rolls, cuts, and transition finishes. There's some potential for him to be a floor spacer as he made 42 percent of his three-pointers (22-for-53), but that's a small sample. The range becomes suspect when looking at his 63-percent free-throw shooting. He's rangy with a 7-foot-3 wing span, can challenge shots at the perimeter, and has a feel for rebounding, but his frame isn't sturdy enough to defend the low post. That's okay for now as he's young enough to develop. He played well in the summer league, but a hip condition that plagued him in college and red-flagged Looney in draft circles flared up, necessitating surgery. He'll miss the first half of the season at the very least.
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Back in rotation Tuesday
CGolden State Warriors
March 26, 2024
Looney amassed seven points (3-5 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 113-92 win over the Heat.
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Decreased bench role
CGolden State Warriors
March 1, 2024
Looney posted four points (2-2 FG), two rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes in the Warriors' 110-99 win against the Knicks on Thursday.
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Logs no shots, pulls down 10 boards
CGolden State Warriors
February 4, 2024
Looney closed Saturday's 141-134 overtime loss to the Hawks with 10 rebounds and one assist over 15 minutes.
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Rejoins reserves
CGolden State Warriors
January 27, 2024
Looney will come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Lakers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to starting unit
CGolden State Warriors
January 10, 2024
Looney is in the starting five for Wednesday's game versus the Pelicans, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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