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Regular Season 9.4 4.1 38.0 2.4 0.4

Top Luka Samanic News

  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Explodes for 22 points Thursday

    Samanic finished with 22 points (7-17 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 7-9 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal over 34 minutes during Thursday's 124-121 victory over the Rockets.

    Samanic has started in Utah's last two games, and it wouldn't be surprising if he does it in the final two contests of the campaign as well given the Jazz have nothing to play for down the stretch. Samanic has racked up 37 points, 16 rebounds and five assists during those two contests, so he could be worth a shot in deep slates given this unexpected increase in his usage rate.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: First career double-double Tuesday

    Samanic posted 15 points (6-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and three assists across 35 minutes during Tuesday's 111-95 loss to the Nuggets.

    The 24-year-old forward played a career high in minutes Tuesday for a Utah frontcourt missing Lauri Markkanen (shoulder), John Collins (back) and Walker Kessler (nose), and Samanic turned the workload into his first career NBA double-double. With the Jazz jockeying for lottery positioning, Samanic may retain a significant role in the rotation for the final three games of the season.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Provides 12 points from bench

    Samanic ended with 12 points (3-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 19 minutes during Tuesday's 129-113 loss to the Cavaliers.

    The Jazz utilized Samanic frequently toward the end of last season, and it's a similar script for the fourth-year pro during his 2024 campaign. The Croatian is far outside the realm of fantasy viability, but the Jazz are out of the playoff hunt and will explore their bench liberally as the season comes to a close.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Back to bench

    Samanic will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Hawks.

    Taylor Hendricks is returning from injury, and he'll immediately join the starting lineup. Samanic has been struggling in five March appearances, shooting 32.1 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from beyond the arc.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Balanced outing in starting lineup

    Samanic chipped in seven points (2-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes during Tuesday's 123-107 loss to Boston.

    Samanic got the starting nod in place of Walker Kessler, playing a limited role but still managing to finish second on the team in rebounds while falling three points short of the double-digit mark in a losing effort. Samanic has started in three games this season, posting his first game as a starter with at least five points and five boards Tuesday. Over those three starts, Samanic has averaged 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per contest.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Gets starting nod

    Samanic is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Celtics, David Locke of Jazz radio reports.

    Samanic will replace Walker Kessler in the starting five Tuesday. Samanic is averaging 6.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks in 21.0 minutes across his last two starting appearances.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Heads back to bench Saturday

    Samanic is not in the starting lineup to face the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Samanic made back-to-back starts against the Wizards and Bulls, but he'll return to his regular bench role with the addition of Walker Kessler to the starting unit. Samanic is averaging just 5.8 minutes per game when deployed off the bench, so he shouldn't have a big impact in most slates.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Spot start Monday

    Samanic will start in place of Lauri Markkanen (quad) Monday against the Wizards, David Locke of Utah's radio network reports.

    Samanic will log his first start of the season and the fifth start of his career Monday. He is joined by Taylor Hendricks and John Collins in Utah's frontcourt, easily representing the least desirable fantasy option of the three.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Leads bench in scoring

    Samanic racked up eight points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and four rebounds in 12 minutes during Thursday's 115-107 loss to Orlando.

    In just six appearances in February, Samanic has averaged 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Samanic should not be considered a viable fantasy option moving forward, especially sitting behind Brice Sensabaugh, who has averaged 10.7 minutes per game this month compared to Samanic's 4.5.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Rare appearance in win

    Samanic accumulated three points (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and two rebounds across six minutes during Tuesday's 124-117 victory over the Thunder.

    Samanic cracked the rotation for the first time in over a week, playing six minutes due to other players being in foul trouble. Given he has featured in only half of the Jazz games to this point, there is no reason to consider him a pickup in any format.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Returns to action Monday

    Samanic (illness) played two minutes in Monday's 125-108 win over the Nets, finishing with five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and one rebound.

    Samanic had missed Utah's last three games due to a non-COVID-19-related illness, but he was cleared ahead of Monday's contest and got a chance to play over the final two minutes of the contest while the Jazz had already sewn up the win. The 23-year-old will likely find himself outside of head coach Will Hardy's rotation while the Jazz have their full complement of forwards available.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Will play Monday

    Samanic (illness) is available for Monday's game against the Nets, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    Samanic was initially questionable for Monday's matchup due to a non-COVID illness, but he'll be able to return following a three-game absence. His availability shouldn't significantly impact Utah's rotation.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Questionable for Monday

    Samanic (illness) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Nets.

    Samanic could potentially miss his fourth consecutive game due to a non-COVID illness. Samanic's status doesn't figure to impact the rotation.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Won't play Saturday

    Samanic (illness) will miss Saturday's game against the Kings, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    Samanic is a fringe rotation player for the Jazz, and it doesn't help his case that Lauri Markkanen is healthy again. Samanic's next chance to suit up is Monday against the Nets.

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  • Jazz's Luka Samanic: Remains sidelined Thursday

    Samanic (illness) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers, Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    Samanic will be unavailable for a second consecutive game due to an illness. It's not yet clear whether he'll be able to return Saturday against the Kings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-10, 227 lbs
Birthplace: Zagreb, HR
Age: 24
Experience: 4