Yuta Watanabe Stats
- Height / Weight
- 80 / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/13/1994 (29)
- George Washington
Yuta Watanabe Last 10 Games
Yuta Watanabe News
Phoenix Suns forward Yuta Watanabe (quadriceps) will miss another game on Tuesday against Portland. He was unavailable for Sunday's clash with Utah due to a left quadriceps contusion, and the ailment is still bothering him. Before getting hurt, Watanabe had been ever-present for the Suns this season, averaging 18.6 minutes off the bench. He's put up 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop can pick up extra work with Watanabe missing, while Nassir Little also saw a boost in playing time on Sunday. There could be plenty of garbage time available for the Suns bench on Tuesday, as the home team is seen as a 13-point favorite for the contest.
Phoenix Suns forward Yuta Watanabe (quad) will not be suiting up on Sunday against the Utah Jazz as he deals with a left quad contusion. So far this season, Watanabe has been better utilized either as a streaming option or in very deep leagues. He's been seeing 18.6 minutes per contest, so his minutes will likely be split between Keita Bates-Diop and Josh Okogie. Both of them should be available in most leagues and can serve as solid streaming options as they've been two of the top options off of the bench.
Phoenix Suns forward Yuta Watanabe seemed to be a great locker room presence and "glue guy" when he was playing for Brooklyn and Toronto the last couple of seasons. The 28-year-old was already able to build chemistry with Kevin Durant while in Brooklyn, but Frank Vogel has noticed that he's forming an on-court bond with Devin Booker as well. Booker seems to know where Watanabe is on the floor and has been finding him for more open shots. Beyond the stars on this team, the role-player rotation is yet to be known. In fantasy terms, Watanabe could be an end-of-the-draft name to watch if he rises closer to the surface of the role-player pool.
According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Yuta Watanabe is among the Phoenix Suns' potential targets in free agency. The Japanese forward is coming off a one-year, $1.97 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets and is an unrestricted free agent. "Suns are a prime destination for vet minimum free agents," Gambadoro added. Watanabe posted a bunch of career-highs with the Nets last season, but he averaged only 16 minutes per game, and the 28-year-old likely won't get enough playing time in Phoenix either to make a significant fantasy impact.