Dante Exum
Dante Exum
25-Year-Old GuardG
Cleveland Cavaliers
Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 11/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Exum struggled to make much of an impact last season, averaging 6.9 points (41.9 FG%, 29.0 3P%, 79.1 FT%), 2.6 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 0.4 threes, 0.3 steals and 0.1 blocks in a career-low 15.8 minutes across 42 appearances. He's hoping to be ready for training camp after undergoing surgery to repair his partially torn patella tendon in his right knee back in late March. However, injuries have been a recurring issue for the 24-year-old guard, as he appeared in just 14 regular-season games in 2017-18 and missed the entire 2015-16 season due to a torn ACL. Moreover, the offseason additions of Mike Conley and Emmanuel Mudiay don't exactly inspire optimism regarding Exum's likelihood of enjoying a breakout campaign in 2019-20. Still, even if Mudiay beats Exum out for the primary backup point guard role, his defensive versatility could help him earn decent minutes along the wing. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Jazz in July of 2018. Traded to the Cavaliers in December of 2019.
Personal Bio

Exum was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1995. He's got athletic genes. His father Cecil won an NCAA National Championship at the University of North Carolina -- where he played with the likes of Michael Jordan and James Worthy -- in 1982. Dante spent his formative years learning the game at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, the same school that taught Australian NBA stars Matthew Dellavedova and Andrew Bogut. Like Dirk Nowitzki and Tony Parker before him, Exum received an invitation to the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit, an important exhibition game for international players to get exposure to NBA scouts. He dominated there, scoring 16 points on just eight shots in addition to two steals and two assists. Since joining the NBA, Exum has been an active member of his community, sponsoring events for charity and wellness. Exum took part in the first Basketball Without Borders event in Australia in June 2016 along with Joe Ingles and other NBA players. He also sponsors Exum Elite, a Utah area AAU program that he established in tandem with the Utah Prospects AAU Program. You can follow Exum on Twitter and Instagram (@Daanteee).

College/International Summary

Exum was the youngest player to be invited to an Australian Boomers training camp at 15 years old in 2011. The Melbourne, Australia native helped lead the Australian team to the silver in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championships. He was named to the 2012 U17 World Cup All-Tournament Team and the 2013 U19 World Cup All-Tournament Team. Furthermore, Exum was chosen to the World Championships' All-Star Five Team. He also helped lead Australia to the FIBA Oceania Championship in 2013. Exum opted to not play in college in the United States and declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. He was chosen in the first round (fifth overall) by the Utah Jazz.

Set for extended absence
GCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
February 26, 2020
Exum (ankle) is expected to miss an "extended period of time," per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
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The oft-injured guard suffered this latest ailment Monday against Miami, leaving the game in the first half with what now looks to be a fairly severe sprained left ankle. Exum already missed extensive time earlier in the season with a knee issue, and he's dealt with several serious injuries through his first five NBA seasons. The No. 5 overall pick in 2014 has been limited to just 91 total games since the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
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Exum began the season with the Jazz. He appeared in 11 games for Utah, averaging 2.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.5 minutes. He shot 43.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three and 100 percent from the free-throw line. On Dec. 23, he was traded from the Jazz to the Cavaliers. He proceeded to appear in 24 games for Cleveland, averaging 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.8 minutes. Exum shot 47.9 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from three and 73.2 percent from the free-throw line. Overall, his 34.9 percent mark from three on the season was a career high. Exum set a new single-game career high with 28 points Jan. 5 against the Timberwolves. His other single-game season highs stood at eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. Per 36 minutes, Exum averaged 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals.

2018

Exum appeared in 42 games for the Utah Jazz during the 2018-2019 campaign. He averaged 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. Exum scored in double figures on 11 occasions. October was Exum's best month of the season, during which he averaged 10.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per tilt. On Nov. 17, Exum matched a career-high with seven rebounds at Boston. On Dec. 27, he poured in a season-high 20 points against Philadelphia. He also hit a season-high three treys in that contest. Arguably Exum's best game of the season came in the subsequent tilt in which he notched a double-double with 13 points and a career-best 13 assists in the Dec. 29 home victory over the Knicks. That win over New York was Exum's lone start of the season. Exum tallied at least five assists in six contests. A left ankle injury, suffered during a Jan. 5 game versus the Pistons, forced Exum to miss 25 games. He returned to play three games in early March before hurting his knee in a Mar. 14 game against the T-Wolves. That injury resulted in surgery to fix a partially torn patella tendon in his right knee and forced Exum to miss the remainder of the season.

2017

Exum appeared in 14 games for the Utah Jazz during the 2017-2018 campaign. He averaged career-highs in points (8.1) and assists (3.1) per tilt, while also snatching 1.9 rebounds per contest. The young point guard missed the first 68 games of the season due to a separated shoulder and recovery from the resulting October surgery. He made his season-debut with the Jazz on Mar. 15 and posted 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes of play during a win at Phoenix. Exum scored in double figures in five regular season contests. He poured in a season-high 21 points against Memphis on Mar. 30. Exum tallied at least five assists in three contests. Exum also appeared in 10 playoff games for the Jazz. He averaged 11.4 minutes per contest during the playoffs. Exum managed 5.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists per playoff clash. He was particularly potent off the bench in the Western Conference Semifinals versus the Houston Rockets. Exum played at least 10 minutes in all four games he appeared. He averaged 8.3 points per game during that specific series.

2016

Exum played in 66 games, with 26 starts, during the 2016-17 season. After missing all of the prior campaign due to a knee injury, Exum returned on opening night, Oct. 25, and came off the bench to provide five points and two rebounds in under 10 minutes. Just five days later in Los Angeles, he scored 10 points and dished out 2 assists, playing in over 25 minutes. On Nov. 11, Exum received his first start of the season and posted four points, four rebounds and two assists over 22 minutes of run during a win at Orlando. In a March 11 loss to Oklahoma City, Exum scored a career-high 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. The Jazz made it to Round 2 of the postseason, and Exum played in seven of Utah's 11 games. During a Game 4 loss to Golden State, Exum posted 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. The young point guard also missed games in January and December due to knee tendinitis.

2015

In August of 2015, while playing for his native Australia in an international exhibition game against Slovenia, Exum suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The 20-year-old point guard missed the entirety of the 2015-16 NBA season recovering from the surgery.

2014

Dante Exum was drafted with the fifth overall pick by the Utah Jazz during the 2014 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old Australian played in all 82 games for Utah, with 41 starts, and averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 assists per game. Exum made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 29 and delivered five points, one assist and one steal in just under 10 minutes of play. He blossomed into a regular contributor for the Jazz, scoring 11 points and adding five assists in a Nov. 7 game against Dallas. Exum received his first career start on Jan. 5 versus the Pacers and generated 13 points. Against Milwaukee on Jan. 22. In that game, Exum started and scored a season-high 15 points and compiling five assists as the Jazz won by two points. The Milwaukee win cemented Exum's spot in the starting lineup, as he started Utah's final 40 games. The rookie point guard had arguably his best game on Mar. 8 in a win at Brooklyn. During the victory, Exum shot 5-of-6 from the field and posted 14 points, four rebounds, one assists and one block over 28 minutes of run. On Apr. 1, Exum dished a season-high 12 assists during a home win over the Nuggets. The rookie had 14 games with five or more assists.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 11, 2014
    Signed a multi-year, rookie contract with the Utah Jazz
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed as a free agent a three-year agreement to stay with the Utah Jazz.
  • December 23, 2019
    Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson.
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An injury-plagued first four years has seen the fifth overall pick in 2014 appear in just 162 games (67 starts). Regardless, the Jazz remain confident in his upside -- fueled by great length and athleticism -- inking him to a three-year, $33 million extension over the summer. Over the past two seasons, he’s averaging 6.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 18.3 minutes while shooting 43.8 percent from the field. With Ricky Rubio under contract for one more season and Donovan Mitchell emerging as a high-usage ball handler, Exum’s role is expected to remain relatively minor again this year. While the contract he garnered suggests sixth-man minutes could be in store sooner than later, there’s not much to suggest Exum would be Fantasy relevant if given that type of run. His size theoretically allows him to play both guard spots, but he’s just a 30.6 percent three-point shooter for his career, complicating things from a floor-spacing perspective.
Exum played a reserve role behind starting point guard George Hill last season, as the Jazz seemingly weren’t ready to hand the keys over the Exum after he missed the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign with an ACL tear. The 6-foot-6 guard is touted as a combo guard, though his lack of a three-point shot could often regulate him to the point. Regardless, Exum often scores by way of his great length and top-tier athleticism, helping him get to the rim with ease. While he struggled with efficiency last season, making just 42.7 percent of his attempts from the field and 44 of his 149 (29.5 percent) shots from three, he looked more comfortable on the court than during his rookie campaign. Despite his usage rate jumping from 13.8 to 18.1 percent, he managed to drop his turnover rate from 21.5 to 16.8 percent and raise his effective field-goal percentage from 44.8 to 48.8. He’s still certainly a project, however, as he averaged just 12.1 points, 3.3 assists and 0.6 steals per 36 minutes last year. Though the Jazz and George Hill have parted ways, the addition of Ricky Rubio to the fold and the presence of Rodney Hood at shooting guard mean Exum’s path to significant playing time is still somewhat murky, especially since the Jazz aren’t short on guard depth in general. He’s far from a lock as a sixth man and will likely have to battle in training camp for his Day 1 role. As a result, the 22-year-old can probably be passed on in most Fantasy formats, though could make for a fair Hail Mary pick in the later rounds deeper leagues.
While the Jazz view Exum as their point guard of the future, he'll have to wait until at least next season to take on a full-time starting role, as the team acquired veteran George Hill in the offseason to serve as a bridge to the young floor general. With Hill set to start and Shelvin Mack potentially in the mix for playing time at point guard as well, Exum doesn't figure to see extended run very frequently this season, which could prevent him from producing any notable fantasy value.
Exum will not play for the Jazz this season after tearing his ACL in August during an exhibition game with the Australian National Team. The 20-year-old sophomore showed improvement throughout his rookie campaign and stayed healthy to the point where he appeared in all 82 games and averaged 22 minutes while eventually earning coach Quin Snyder's trust enough to become the starting point guard. At times, Exum seemed a bit overwhelmed when defending experienced guards, and he was rather content with a limited role on offense, but he still managed to play significant minutes for a team that outperformed expectations during the second half of the season. After starting just one game in the team's first 42 games, Exum took the starting job at the end of January and finished out the last 40 games as the starter. While the organization seemingly felt validated with their fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, fantasy owners likely didn't share the same sentiment. Exum was wonderful on defense, but his game is conservative. He stays in his lane. Even in the 41 games he started last season, Exum averaged just 5.1 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 1.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 26 minutes per game. If he improves on offense, Exum could become a nice fantasy player, but even after he returns from injury, there are going to be questions about whether or not he puts up enough stats to be relevant in most fantasy leagues. Regardless, his career is essentially on hold for the duration of the 2015-16 season.
Dante Exum was drafted by the Jazz with the fifth-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 6-5, 190 pound guard is considered one of the more athletic rookies to enter into the league this year, and the expectations for him are sky high despite most of his experience only coming in international competition with Team Australia. In the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League, he averaged 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.6 three-pointers in 27 minutes per game through five games. With new first-year head coach Quin Snyder taking over the Jazz, Exum's role is somewhat cloudy due to Snyder being an unknown commodity as a coach. The general consensus is that Exum will play a lot of minutes backing up both guard spots with Trey Burke and Alec Burks tabbed as the starters at point guard and shooting guard. Exum is expected to be groomed more as a point guard than as shooting guard, but considering the team drafted Burke to be their point guard of the future last season, there's a bit of confusion about how Exum's development will be handled. In the meantime, the Jazz organization has openly said that they plan on using him at both guard spots for the 2014-15 season. Exum's potential is tantalizing, but at 19 years old, he may need a season or two to come into his own in the NBA. He might get enough minutes to be of use in standard leagues, but it's important to temper expectations for how much he is going to contribute in fantasy as a rookie. Unless Burke or Burks suffers an injury, Exum might not get enough possessions to be worth owning in all standard leagues, and using him in rotisserie leagues comes with risk considering his lack of a polished jump shot.
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Won't play Wednesday
GCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
February 25, 2020
Exum (ankle) won't play in Wednesday's contest against Philadelphia, Sam Amico of SI.com reports.
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Out with ankle sprain
GCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
February 24, 2020
Exum won't return to Monday's game against the Heat due to a left ankle sprain, Joe Gabriele of the Cavaliers' official site reports.
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Solid outing Saturday
GCleveland Cavaliers
February 23, 2020
Exum generated 14 points (3-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one block in Saturday's loss to Miami.
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To join starting five
GCleveland Cavaliers
January 28, 2020
Exum will start Tuesday's game against New Orleans, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Logs 15 minutes versus Wizards
GCleveland Cavaliers
January 23, 2020
Exum managed two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt), four rebounds and one steal in 15 minutes during Thursday's 124-112 loss to the Wizards.
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