Larry Nance
Larry Nance
27-Year-Old ForwardF
Cleveland Cavaliers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
During Nance's first full season in Cleveland, he set career highs in points (9.4), rebounds (8.2), assists (3.2) and minutes (26.8) over 67 contests. Though the Cavs finished near the bottom of the league in the standings, that didn't really impact the big man's overall production. In fact, it may have given him even more opportunities to succeed, especially considering the injury bug that bit Cleveland during the 2018-19 campaign. While Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will both be back for the upcoming season, Nance figures to slot in as one of the first players off the bench in the frontcourt, likely allowing him to rack up minutes in the mid-20s on a nightly basis. That's assuming he stays healthy, however. Nance hasn't cracked more than 67 games in his first four seasons. On a positive note, Nance's shot from three improved drastically in 2018, as he knocked down a career-best 33.7 percent of his triples, sinking an average of 1.5 per matchup. The former first-round pick out of Wyoming continues to trend upward as he gains NBA experience, and he'll take that momentum into the 2019-20 season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $44.8 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in October of 2018.
College/International Summary

Nance is a second-generation basketball player whose father won the NBA's first Slam Dunk Contest. He spent four years at Wyoming and improved each season. The 6-8 forward came off the bench exclusively as a freshman in support of Leonard Washington. He put up 4.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.9 minutes. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and averaged 10.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Nance seem to find his stride at the end of the season and averaged 17.6 points and 6.8 rebounds over the last five games. The forward provided 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He had eight double-doubles, including 38 points and 12 rebounds in a loss at Denver. As a senior, Nance guided the Cowboys for the first time since 2002. He averaged 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. He helped the team win the Mountain West Conference tournament by averaging 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in wins over Utah State, Boise State and San Diego State. The Cowboys lost in the first round to Northern Iowa, but Nance contributed 16 points and seven rebounds.

Has solid line in loss to Bulls
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 10, 2020
Nance finished with 16 points (6-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 32 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.
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Tristan Thompson was out in this one after being poked in the eye in their last game, clearing the way for Nance to see a little extra run. He's played well lately, putting up per-game stats of 11.7 points, 8.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 triples, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field over the last two weeks of play. Those numbers are good for a spot inside the top 70 of nine-category leagues. The Cavaliers have struggled to maintain a fully healthy frontcourt since acquiring Andre Drummond (calf), and Nance has clearly benefited from that. Now that Drummond is back on the court, Thompson's eventual return will make this situaion murkier.
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2017

Nance started his third season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played in 42 games in L.A., starting 17 of them. Nance averaged 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. He registered five double-doubles in the purple and gold. Nance was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trading deadline in the hopes of adding some athleticism, toughness and physicality to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their title aspirations with LeBron James. Nance had his best month of the season in March, averaging 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Cavs. Nance appeared in 20 playoff games for the Cavaliers, as they advanced to the Finals for the fourth-straight year. Nance's best game in playoffs came in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He tallied nine points and 11 rebounds in the overtime thriller. Nance averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the playoffs overall, playing just over 15 minutes per contest.

2018

In his first full season with the Cavaliers, Nance set career highs across the board. Known for his tenacious dunking skills, the son of the former NBA player with the same name showed there is more skill to his game than just throwing it down. Nance has always had a knack for picking up steals. He averaged 1.5 steals per game during the 2018-19 season, his third year in a row averaging over one steal per contest. He also averaged 9.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 27 minutes per game, all career highs. Nance appeared in 67 contests for the Cavs, including 30 starts. The big man missed a few games due to rib and knee injuries. Nance averaged over one three-point attempt per game for the first time in his career, draining 34 percent of his 1.5 attempts per contest. On Feb. 8, Nance gathered a whopping 19 rebounds, to go with 10 points, six assists, and three steals in a loss to Washington. The 6-foot-9 forward delivered a double-double in 18 games and reached double-digit rebound totals in 25 contests. Nance's Cavs would finish with a record of 19-63 and miss the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 10, 2015
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • February 8, 2018
    Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Jordan Clarkson to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas and a 2018 1st round draft pick
  • October 15, 2018
    Signed a four-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Nance opened the 2017-18 campaign in complementary role off the bench with the Lakers, providing the all-around production and energy that coaches love. However, a mid-season trade involving the Cavaliers' Isaiah Thomas and handful of other players ended up sending Nance to Cleveland as an upside piece. The 6-foot-9 big man's value didn't change much with his new organization, though, and in 66 games between the two teams, he posted averages of 8.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 58.1 percent from the field. His situation with Cleveland became slightly more intriguing this offseason after LeBron James bolted for Los Angeles. The Cavaliers have already tabbed Nance as a building block for the future and are hoping to extend the 25-year-old, which would suggest the team is hoping to key in on his development moving forward. Kevin Love was given a four-year, $120 million extension and Tristan Thompson is back and set to make over $17 million, so there are a few players in the way of a 30-plus minute role. That said, if the organization does like Nance's upside as much as has been let on, look for him to see a decent uptick in his playing time from the 21.5 minutes he averaged in 2017-18. While Nance's lack of a three-point game and poor free-throw percentage are always of concern, his ability to provide across-the-board value would bring him into consideration for ownership in the the bulk of Fantasy leagues if he's able to garner a full starter's workload. Look for Nance to at least be the first big man off the bench right away, though he could work his way into the top unit eventually.
Nance's lack of perimeter game may end up confining him to the bench for the better part of his career, but he's already shown at 24 years old that he's still quite valuable to the Lakers as a role player. Though injuries cropped up periodically last season, Nance was a solid producer when healthy, averaging 7.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in just 22.9 minutes per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor. As an athletic, high-energy player, Nance provides a nice change-of-pace option at power forward behind the more offensive-minded Julius Randle, and is also capable of moving up on the positional spectrum to lock up more perimeter-oriented small forwards. If Nance were to land a consistent 30-minute role, he'd probably offer enough across-the-board value to warrant ownership in just about every fantasy setting, but that seems unlikely to materialize in 2017-18. With the Lakers still viewing last year's No. 2 overall pick, Brandon Ingram, as their starting small forward alongside Randle and veterans Luol Deng and Corey Brewer and rookie Kyle Kuzma also in the mix for playing time at forward with the second unit, Nance looks bound to stick in the 20-to-25-minute range for the foreseeable future.
Judging by the crowd reaction at Las Vegas Summer League, the Lakers may have found their bench sparkplug/cult hero in Larry Nance Jr. Despite an inauspicious start as a Laker, when a derogatory tweet about Kobe Bryant was discovered on his timeline, Nance has been embraced by the Lakers' fans and showed off some surprising skills. The senior from Wyoming was selected with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2015 draft after averaging 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 0.5 three-pointers in 35 minutes through his 31 games last season in the Mountain West conference. He'll have to battle Julius Randle, Brandon Bass, and Ryan Kelly for minutes at the power forward spot, and for him to have a meaningful impact this season, a lot will need to go right for him and wrong for the Lakers for that to happen. But, Nance showed off incredible athleticism in Vegas, and his college play showed an aptitude for acquiring defensive stats, which can be extremely valuable in fantasy leagues. The problem is, will the rest of his game develop enough, and will he get enough of an opportunity to be helpful in fantasy leagues this season? That seems like it may be a tough task.
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Double-doubles in huge minutes
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 9, 2020
Nance provided 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and 10 rebounds in 43 minutes Sunday in the Cavaliers' 132-129 win over the Spurs.
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Back to bench as Thompson returns
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 7, 2020
Nance will come off the bench Saturday against the Nuggets, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
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Posts double-double in loss
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 4, 2020
Nance collected 19 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 15 rebounds, four assists and four steals in 39 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 loss to the Celtics.
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Teases triple-double Monday
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 2, 2020
Nance scored 16 points (7-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt) while adding eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 39 minutes during Monday's 126-113 loss to the Jazz.
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Gets spot start
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 2, 2020
Nance is starting at power forward Monday against the Jazz, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.
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