Jakob Poeltl RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
With the first-round pick, the Raptors drafted Jakob Poeltl, who was included in the deal for Kawhi Leonard last summer. So if you’re scoring at home, the Knicks’ acquisition of Bargnani helped the Raptors trade for one of the league’s top players and an NBA Finals berth. The sting from that trade was still fresh when Dolan pulled the offer for Lowry off the table in December 2013. Three months earlier, Dolan had replaced Grunwald with Steve Mills and was going to have the final say on any major moves.
The Spurs acquired DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first round pick for Leonard and Danny Green. The Raptors reportedly refused to include Siakam and OG Anunoby in trade talks for Leonard. “My understanding is they would not trade him,” said Tim Bontemps on The Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast. “No, he was not (available). I don’t think so either,” said Jackie MacMullan.
Tom Orsborn: Malone says the NBA agreed with the Nuggets’ claim that Poeltl set an illegal screen on Murray in the 3Q of Game 6 when Murray was knocked to the floor. “I knew that during the game,” Malone said.
Michael Singer: Popovich: “There were probably illegal screens all over the place that don’t get called. Referees do the best job they can.” Said what happened prior to tonight is irrelevant. Good question from @Tom Orsborn.
DeMar DeRozan had a message this morning for Nuggets fans who have labeled Spurs center Jakob Poeltl a dirty player. “Yak is not a dirty player,” DeRozan said at shootaround before Game 7. “Anybody who thinks Yak is a dirty play, they have a dirty mind.”
The improvement underscores how much Poeltl has grown after struggling early in the season to adjust to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s system. “It was kind of rocky for him early on, but seeing him grow, his comfort (is impressive),” DeRozan said. “The things he does out on the court don’t show up on the stat sheet, but they definitely help us win games.”
Denver coach Mike Malone said the league agreed with the Nuggets’ claim that Poeltl’s play has been questionable, although Malone said he didn’t know why it hasn’t resulted in closer scrutiny from game officials. “I think there have been some illegal screens that have been missed, and the response from the league has been that we’re right,” Malone said after Thursday after the Spurs’ 120-103 win in Game 6. “But for some reason, they don’t catch them during the game. Obviously, Jamal got taken out on that play. I don’t know if it was dirty or not. I don’t think Jakob Poeltl is a dirty player, I really don’t, but I have to watch the film to see how that happened and how Jamal went down with that injury.”
Tom Orsborn: Malone said the refs allowed the #Spurs to play a physical game last night because they were physical from the start, unlike his timid Nuggets: “Jakob Poeltl sets really good moving screens, and he does it the whole game, and he gets away with it.”
For someone who’s helped as many Nets players as he has, Stefan has maintained a relatively low profile. That’s as much the byproduct of Brooklyn’s organizational discretion as it is of a unique arrangement that has allowed the Austro-Czech-born coach to consult with his New York City pupils from across the pond, as well as Stefan’s own connection to hoops pedagogy. …. During the summers, Stefan kept busy by privately training promising European players, some of whom also matriculated to the NBA. He had long worked with a towering Austrian named Jakob Poeltl, dating back to when Stefan coached the eventual No. 9 pick of the Toronto Raptors in the 2016 draft on the U14 Austrian national team. “It’s great that we have that connection, that I know him from when I was way younger,” says Jakob, who was traded to the San Antonio Spurs last year. “It’s really helpful that he has seen me play for that long and he knows my game that well so he can give me very detailed advice.”
Tom Orsborn: Jakob Poeltl is back in the starting lineup at center, per the official starters list handed out by the Nuggets. He’s joined by White and Forbes in the backcourt and DeRozan and Aldridge at the forward spots.
McCollum exited under assistance with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter. He remained on the court for a few minutes clutching his left leg in great pain after tumbling out of bounds when his driving left-handed layup was blocked by Jakob Poeltl. McCollum had his left foot trapped under Poeltl’s right foot as both landed, leading the Blazers guard to tumble out of bounds next to the stanchion. “I feel bad for C.J. I hope he’s OK,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s a great player and a great kid.”
After this morning’s shootaround in preparation for tonight’s game against the Thunder, the Spurs players picked up where Popovich left off in praising Gasol, who played sparingly behind third-year pro Jakob Poeltl after a foot injury in early November forced him to miss 26 games. “He never even complained in the locker room,” forward Davis Bertans said. “Being in a tough situation, that was a really professional thing to do. Everybody knows that he wanted to play. It was obvious. The guy was working out every time he got a chance. We are going to miss him definitely. He was a great teammate, always helped everybody, a veteran with his experience. We only wish him the best.”
He was considered a throw in as part of the offseason deal between the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors but center Jakob Poeltl has been showing he is much more with the Spurs. “He’s doing a fine job,” said head coach Gregg Popovich recently. “He’s learning on the fly.” Poeltl has the potential to become a a solid player with the Spurs. In his final season with the Raptors, he averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.22 blocks (tied for 17th in the NBA) in 18.6 minutes in 82 games.
He’s second on the team in offensive rebounds per game (2.1) and averaging 64.1 percent field goal shooting. He has appeared in 54 games this season, starting eight. “He’s got experience, but we try and give him the minutes so he can get more and more comfortable,” said Popovich. With Poeltl on the court, the Spurs boast a Net Rating of 4.0. When he is off the court, it dips to 1.3. “I feel like I am figuring it out, I am actually feeling really comfortable out there right now,” said Poeltl earlier this season.
Tom Orsborn: Gasol on trying to fit in with young Jakob Poeltl playing so well: “I will fit as well as I can with the opportunities and the minutes that I will be given. I don’t take anything for granted. I will go out there and do what I do and be the type of player I am.” #Spurs
Austria, a country with a population of 8.8 million, has just one: Poeltl. “I would love some company,” said Poeltl, the first Austrian to make it in the league. “I am trying to influence Austrian basketball as much as possible, get it in the right direction. We are still a long ways away from continuously producing great basketball players. There is talent there, but we still have got some work to do, especially with how we develop the kids and introduce them to basketball.”
Poeltl said it’s hard for basketball to make inroads in Austria, where soccer and winter sports like skiing are king. “I would say Austria in general is not a big sports country,” he said. “It’s very big on classical music, that kind of thing.”
Tom Orsborn: Jakob Poeltl started 3 preseason games, but he said he would be OK coming off the bench should Pop decide to go with Pau Gasol instead: “It doesn’t make that big a difference. I think I have somewhat figured out my role in both units, so I feel comfortable both ways.” #Spurs
Tom Orsborn: Casey on Poeltl: “Jakob is very intelligent, and you can tell him I said this, not the most swift of foot. But one of the most intelligent players you will find. Gym rat. He was well coached at the University of Utah. Just a student of the game…And a great passer. #Spurs
Tim Duncan’s daily presence at practice has been a boon for newcomer center Jakob Poeltl. “He is just constantly there, giving me advice, tips and tricks, telling me stuff that I should look out for,” Poeltl said. “It is really helpful, because a lot of times, it’s the little things that make a difference.”
Poeltl, who played his first two seasons with Toronto, said it’s “pretty crazy” going up against the NBA’s greatest power forward. “I remember the first time I played against him it was three-on-three, and I scored on him,” Poeltl said. “I think I had a pump fake and he fell for it or something like that. It was a pretty surreal feeling, I’m not going to lie.”
What better way for Jakob Poeltl to start learning about the San Antonio Spurs system and culture than from Tim Duncan and Becky Hammon. In an interview with Austrian site Heute, Poetlt reveals he has been working with Duncan during 5-on-5 games and Hammon mostly since arriving in San Antonio. “He (Duncan) plays in the 5-on-5’s, of course he is not the fastest anymore, but he still has it. I benefit from him, he gives a lot of input, including new, really helpful stuff.”
When Gregg Popovich met Jakob Poeltl for an introductory dinner, the topic of basketball was not on the list for conversation, and that was just fine. Like Popovich, Poeltl’s mission is to understand as much as possible about his new head coach before the Spurs start training camp next month. There was no better time to do so than over a meal and wine. “I think there is more than enough time to talk basketball and really learn what the Spurs are all about on the basketball court,” Poeltl said. “But it was a really good conversation. I really enjoyed it. He’s a very down to earth type guy when you think about what he’s accomplished in his career. It was really cool.”
Jakob Poeltl: “I’m trying to pick a lot of different stuff from players. It’s not only big men. I think I can learn a lot from wing players, guards, too; the things that I can pick up and put into my game. It’s not really position based in that sense for me.”
Jakob Poeltl: “When I was growing up (in Austria), I didn’t really get the chance to watch a lot of NBA basketball. It was always in the middle of the night. I had school. I really couldn’t stay up and watch NBA games all the time. It was really just in the playoffs or maybe an All-Star game. Other than that, I was watching a lot of European basketball. I was watching other sports. I think you can learn a lot from other sports, too.”
“Pau is like a really experienced big guy, a European guy I can learn a lot from,” Poeltl said. “Tim (Duncan) is around still helping out in practice and stuff. He is obviously one of the greatest, if not the greatest power forward of all time. So, yeah, there is more than enough bigs I can learn from.”
Another thing Poeltl has going for him is his familiarity with DeRozan. “I know how he plays basketball,” Poeltl said. “He knows me. We play well together. But at the same time, I have been here almost two weeks now, working out with these guys that I have never really played with before, and it was like really easy. There is at least for me so far, a natural chemistry. I am getting along with everybody on the court and off the court.”
16 Aug 18
Tom Orsborn: #Spurs introduced Jakob Poeltl to the media today. His take on DeRozan saying he will play w/ a chip on shoulder: “It’s a little bit scary, to be honest, because I know what he can do when he has a chip on his shoulder, when he gets that extra motivation. He’s going to be ready.”
19 Jul 18
Alex Kennedy: Fred VanVleet texted me this quote in response to the Spurs-Raptors trade. I added it to our recent Q&A, which was a wide-ranging conversation covering a ton of topics.
18 Jul 18
The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to trade Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN. Toronto’s first-round pick to San Antonio is a protected 1-20 selection. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks.
Bobby Marks, ESPN: Here are the financial implications for Toronto by acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green: The Raptors now have a payroll of $139.1M and a current tax bill of $29.8M. Danny Green is in the last year of his contract with a cap hit of $10M. Leonard will have a cap hit of $23.1M (including the trade bonus) and has a $21.3M player option for 2019-20. If Leonard elects to leave as a free agent in 2019, Toronto will have $101.6M in guaranteed salary and will be over the salary cap based on the team options of Pascal Siakam ($2.4M), Malachi Richardson ($2.6M), OG Anunoby ($2.3M) and $7.6M free agent hold of Delon Wright. The Raptors could create some flexibility if Jonas Valanciunas ($17.6M) and CJ Miles ($8.7M) opt-out of their contract. If Leonard returns, the first year cap hit projects to be $32.7M. In 2020-21, Toronto only has the $10.9M Norman Powell salary and $3.9M OG Anunoby team option counting against the cap.
Sirius XM NBA: “It was almost like a playoff game. It was a true test to see where we stand in the @NBA….we are the underdog as the top teams like Golden State and Cleveland have won championships.” -@Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl on their win over the Rockets & if his team are the favorites
12 Feb 18
Josh Lewenberg: Would Poeltl be surprised if the Raptors made a trade? “I guess I would be… We work so well together as a team and there really are 12 players on our team right now that deserve to be in the rotation. So I don’t know who they would want to give up out of those players.”
Josh Lewenberg: FVV: “I wasnt expecting to be in it just because I dont really get those types of accolades but for OG to be a starter on one of the best teams in the NBA & Pascal & Jakob to not be on the world team & then to look at the list & see some of the guys on there, its disappointing.”
Among the teams that could make a move for Marc Gasol are Toronto, Cleveland, Boston, and Portland. The Celtics and Cavaliers are seen as the class of the East, with Toronto a notch below. That could set up a potential bidding war that Memphis could use to its advantage in landing the best package for Gasol, 32, a former defensive player of the year. Industry sources tell me that the Raptors are open to moving center Jonas Valanciunas and have young players the Griz might be interested in pursuing, including Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira. Gasol would be a marked upgrade for a “now” team that needs to get to a finals with core stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
Valanciunas could wind up being eclipsed in Toronto, even without a deal. One of the aims of the offseason for the Raptors was to both unload some salary and clear up playing time for some younger, hungrier players the Raptors have been developing. Among those are second-year men Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam, and both had very good showings this summer.
The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday their 17-man roster for NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas. Current Raptors Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet will headline this year’s squad. First- round draft pick OG Anunoby will not participate in the tournament while he recovers from a right knee injury. Raptors assistant coaches Jama Mahlalela and Patrick Mutombo will serve as the team’s coaches.
League sources insist Toronto will not give away any more young assets such as Delon Wright, Jakob Poeltl, Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam, Norm Powell or Fred VanVleet, but that doesn’t mean a package can’t be put together. They have the expiring contract of Jared Sullinger, another 2017 first-round draft pick and a glut of point guards they could put together.
Here, he’s just a rookie, one of 58 to debut around the league this past week, but back home in Vienna — more than 6,400 kilometres away — he stands alone. At just 21 years of age he’s quickly become a source of national pride. “It’s cool and it’s kind of crazy at the same time,” said Poeltl, Austria’s first ever NBA player. “I sort of get it, but it’s hard to [fully] get it since I’m not actually there, where all the hype is happening. I just see it on social media. I notice it because there are media people flying all the way over here to Toronto from Austria. That’s how I notice it, but I don’t think I even get the chance to notice the full extent of it because I’m not at home.”
Jakob Poeltl has assumed backup centre duties, behind starter Jonas Valanciunas. The rookie managed seven points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes in Friday’s loss to Cleveland. “(Nogueira’s) going to have to get past him right now as far as playing, because Jakob is doing an excellent job,” Casey said. “And he fits in to what we need to do (against Denver), to be physical.”
Josh Lewenberg: A couple Raptors roster/rotation notes based on the depth chart I just tweeted (obviously a lot can change between now & opening night). 1) Raptors signed Sullinger with the intention of starting him at the 4. Not set in stone but it’s his job to lose, I’m told. Like last year, Patrick Patterson may end up playing bulk of PF mins but, rightly or wrongly, they believe he’s better suited coming off bench. 2) Lucas Nogueira is expected to get first crack at earning backup C mins, given experience, but leash wont be long. Jakob Poeltl could push him in camp.
The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday they have signed centre Jakob Poeltl (YAH-cub PUHR-tuhl) and forward Pascal Siakam (Pass-CAL See-AH-kum) to rookie scale contracts. Both players are under contract through the 2017-18 season, with two team option years to follow. The Raptors selected Poeltl with the ninth pick and Siakam with the 27th selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. Per team policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
In the end the Raptors balked at sending Cory Joseph, Norman Powell, Patrick Patterson and their No. 9 pick to Oklahoma City for Ibaka. Ujiri wants to add to his talent base, not create a new weakness (bench strength), which is why he stood still at the trade deadline too.
22 Jun 16
Chad Ford: No big surprises in NBA Draft “Green Room” invites. Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray, Kris Dunn, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss, Buddy Hield, Jaylen Brown, Dejounte Murray, Domantas Sabonis, Henry Ellenson, Jakob Poeltl, Skal Labissiere, Malachi Richardson, Deyonta Davis & Wade Baldwin all ranked in Top 18 on ESPN’s Big Board 9.0
02 Jun 16
18 May 16
With the Lakers hoping to accelerate their rebuilding process, they spoke with one college prospect who believes he can emulate a certain player that once delivered them NBA championships. “I can be a lot like Pau Gasol,” said University of Utah sophomore center Jakob Poeltl, who interviewed with the Lakers on Friday here at the NBA pre-draft combine. “He’s a guy who has good touch around the basket and is a very good passer. He can dribble the ball. He’s even stepping out and shooting 3’s. I hope I can get there too. He’s a winner and won championships. I can do that, too.”
Here is the full list of players the Celtics have interviewed or are scheduled to interview, according to the source: Kay Felder (Oakland), Diamond Stone (Maryland), Jaylen Brown (California), Wade Baldwin (Vanderbilt), Pascal Siakam (New Mexico State), Deyonta Davis (Michigan State), Jamal Murray (Kentucky), Zhou Qi (China), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Brandon Ingram (Duke), Malachi Richardson (Syracuse), Patrick McCaw (UNLV), Chinanu Onuaku (Louisville), Damian Jones (Vanderbilt), Malik Newman (Mississippi State), Cat Barber (North Carolina State), Cheick Diallo (Kansas), Thon Maker (high school), Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin), Jakob Poeltl (Utah).
17 Apr 16
After a strong year earning Pac-12 Player of the Year and consensus All-American honors, Utah center Jakob Poeltl is heading to the next level. The sophomore center from Vienna announced Wednesday morning that he is declaring for the NBA Draft, thus ending his productive career with the Utes. Poeltl said he hasn’t hired an agent yet, but plans on having an agent to help him through the draft process.
Meanwhile, playing one borough over, Utah’s Jakob Poeltl had 19 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks against No. 7 ranked Duke at Madison Square Garden. On the season, the 7-foot Austrian is averaging 19.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. “I’d take Poeltl over Skal right now,” one scout who has watched both players extensively told SheridanHoops. “(Poeltl) is more advanced skill-wise right now. I think Skal was a little bit overrated.”
Poeltl may soon be making regular visits to N.B.A. arenas after blossoming from infertile basketball soil into a possible lottery pick in next year’s draft, which would make him the first Austrian-born player in N.B.A. history. “I try not to pay too much attention to it, but it’s obviously around,” Poeltl said by phone last week about his rising pro stock, bolstered by his averages of 19.1 points — on 70.2 percent shooting — and 9.9 rebounds this season. “I guess either way it’s a good thing, too. The hype around myself, especially back in Austria, people back home have been telling me basketball is in the news way more often now. Even little kids get exposed to it.”
“I’d take Poeltl over Skal right now,” one scout who has watched both players extensively told SheridanHoops. “(Poeltl) is more advanced skill-wise right now. I think Skal was a little bit overrated.” While another scout didn’t go as far as picking Poeltl over Labissiere, he did acknowledge Poeltl’s stock has risen. “(Poeltl) is definitely a lottery pick and he should go top 10,” another scout told SheridanHoops.