Skal Labissiere
Skal Labissiere
24-Year-Old ForwardF
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 7/31/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Labissiere's NBA career has relied entirely on opportunity, and in Portland, he has gotten none of it. After being traded from the Kings to the Trail Blazers at least season's deadline, Labissiere appeared in just nine games for Portland and averaged 7.0 minutes her game. He did take full advantage of extended in the final game of the regular season, however. With the Trail Blazers most of their key players, Labissiere got the start and played 40 minutes against his former team, scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in a victory. But while the talent is clearly there at some level, the minutes are not, and it should be no different in 2019-20. Even with Jusuf Nurkic out for a considerable amount of time as he recovers from leg surgery, Labissiere is still expected to be behind Hassan Whiteside, Zach Collins and Pau Gasol in the big man pecking order, so barring additional injury, Labissiere will be a depth option once again for this team. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.43 million contract with the Kings in July of 2016. Kings exercised $1.54 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Kings exercised $2.34 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Traded to the Trail Blazers in February of 2019. Traded to the Hawks in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Skal Labissiere, son of Lesly and Ema, was born in 1996 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Labissiere moved to the US in 2010 and spent his first years of high school at Memphis's Evangelical Christian School. Before his senior year, he transferred to Lausanne Collegiate School and played ball for Reach Your Dream Prep, where he caught the eye of Kentucky coach John Calipari. Before his freshman year at Kentucky, DraftExpress tabbed Labissiere as the top projected pick in the 2016 Draft. He journeyed back to Port-au-Prince seven years after leaving and helps lead a youth camp for Haitian basketball players, teaching them fundamentals and serving as a mentor figure. Labissiere has donated life-saving natural disaster equipment to city safety officials in the case of another earthquake like the one which forced him to leave so abruptly in 2010. You can follow him on Twitter @OneBigHaitian and on Instagram @Skal_Lab.

College/International Summary

A highly touted recruit out of high school, Labissiere spent his lone collegiate season at Kentucky. He appeared in 36 games, averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 15.8 minutes per contest. A two-time SEC Freshman of the Week, Labissiere ranked in the top-10 in the conference in blocks per game. His top scoring performance of the season came in a win over NJIT on Nov. 14 with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting in only 21 minutes. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Labissiere went for 12 points and six blocks in a win over Stony Brook. He'd finish with four points and five rebounds in 15 minutes during the subsequent defeat to Indiana.

Nearing return
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
March 31, 2020
Labissiere (knee) had been cleared to return to modified team practice before the NBA suspended its season March 11, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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As Spencer notes, Labissiere's return to practice likely marks the final hurdle he needed to clear in his recovery from a left knee chondral injury, which had prevented him from playing since late December, when he was still a member of the Trail Blazers. With the NBA season unlikely to be resumed until at least May, Labissiere should be at or near full health once the Hawks are cleared to resume training. Even though he should be available for whatever games the Hawks have left, Labissiere is unlikely to hold a meaningful role in coach Lloyd Pierce's rotation.
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2019

Labissiere found himself in a rotational role for the Trail Blazers to start the season. He garnered 17.2 minutes per game through 33 contests, averaging 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. His season highs up to the All-Star break were 22 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and one steal. On Nov. 21, Labissiere recorded a career-best five blocks, plus 22 points and 12 boards, during a loss at Milwaukee. In late December, Labissiere suffered a knee injury and was unable to play in any January or February contests. On Feb. 6, Labissiere was traded to the Hawks. He did not appear in a game for Atlanta prior to the suspension of the NBA season on Mar. 11.

2018

Labissiere split the 2018-19 season between the Kings and the Trail Blazers. In 13 appearances for Sacramento, Labissiere averaged 2.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.7 minutes per contest. In a win over the Hawks on Nov. 1, he had six points and four rebounds in five minutes of play. In a Dec. 17 loss to Minnesota, Labissiere played a then-season-high 29 minutes, finishing with nine points and five rebounds. He was traded to the Trail Blazers on Feb. 7 in exchange for Caleb Swanigan. Labissiere appeared in nine games for Portland, averaging 3.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists. He notched a season-high 29 points against his former team on Apr. 10, adding 15 rebounds to match his career high in that category. Labissiere appeared in three postseason games, logging 11 total minutes during the Blazers' run to the Western Conference Finals.

2017

Labissiere enjoyed an expanded role with the Kings in his second NBA season. After seeing action in 33 games as a rookie, the former Kentucky Wildcat appeared in 60 games in 2017-18, making 28 starts. His minutes increased as well, rising from 18.5 per game as a rookie to 20.7 in his sophomore campaign. Labissiere finished with averges of 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He was also more active defensively, doubling his blocked-shot output to 0.8 per game. Labissiere shot 44.8 percent from the field and set a new career high by knocking down 80.5 percent of his free throws. He scored a season-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting in a Jan. 22 game against Charlotte. Labissiere had another 20-point effort against Minnesota on Feb. 26. The 21-year-old scored in double figures 22 more times on the season. He also grabbed 10 or more rebounds on four occasions, headlined by a season-high 15 boards against Charlotte on Jan. 2. That game counted as one of his three double-doubles on the year.

2016

Labissiere was drafted in the first round (28th overall) by the Suns and traded in a draft-day deal to the Kings. The Haitian big man saw action in 33 games for Sacramento, averaging 8.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 18.5 minutes per contest. Among qualified rookies, he ranked ninth in points and fourth in rebounds per game. Labissiere went off for 32 points along with 11 boards on Mar. 15 against Phoenix despite coming off the bench. He scored 21 of those points in a massive fourth quarter en route to a 107-101 win. His other top offensive effort came Apr. 9 against Houston, when Labissiere poured in 5 points on 10-of-12 shooting against Houston -- adding six boards, three assists and two steals. That was part of a strong season-ending run in the starting lineup for the rookie, but he posted a number of strong performances before then. On Mar. 24 against Golden State, Labissiere nearly notched a triple-double, finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. He registered a career-best four blocks against the Magic on Mar. 13.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round (28th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 15, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Sacramento Kings
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Sacramento Kings to the Portland Trail Blazers for Caleb Swanigan.
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded, along with cash, by the Trail Blazers to the Hawks in exchange for draft consideration.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Last year, Labissiere arguably regressed from his rookie campaign -- never an encouraging sign. Despite seeing over two minutes more per tilt, he saw his scoring, rebounding, and field-goal percentage dip. That’s not to say he didn't show flashes, as the second-year big man posted three double-doubles, plus two 20-point games, and four performances with at least three blocks. Regardless, it will be difficult for Labissiere to find more run this season, as the Kings drafted power forward/center Marvin Bagley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 Draft. Willie Cauley-Stein is also expected to continue starting at the five. While Labissiere still makes for a fair Fantasy option in deeper dynasty formats, his upside is severely limited this season.
Labissiere, a rookie during the 2016-17 campaign, emerged for the Kings last year after the team traded away DeMarcus Cousins at the deadline. Post All-Star break, Labissiere provided 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds across 22.4 minutes while shooting 54.1 percent from the field. While he still has work to do as a stretch-four, hitting three of his only eight attempts from beyond the arc last season, the 7-foot forward out of Kentucky has shown promise as a scorer and rebounder. At only 235 pounds, Labissiere isn’t throwing anyone around on his way to the cup, but has shown promise due to his smoothness and general athleticism in both transition and the halfcourt. He’s not just a dunker, either, as he’s shown legitimate promise as a mid-range shooter, going an efficient 47-of-86 (54.7 percent) from 10 feet to the three-point line. Though he was poised to probably see 30-plus minutes a game before the team signed veteran frontcourt threat Zach Randolph, Labissiere could very well split time with the veteran, which would place him somewhere around the workload he saw after the All-Star break last season. As a result, Labissiere may still be a fringe option in most Fantasy formats, though is certainly worth a look in deeper leagues and should warrant strong consideration in DFS when the Kings suffer a frontcourt injury.
Labissiere wasn't immune to the trend of lesser-accomplished college big men falling out of the lottery in the June draft, but the Kings ended his misery by taking him with the No. 28 overall pick. In heading to Sacramento, Labissiere will find himself in friendly quarters, as he'll be able to learn under two former Kentucky frontcourt standouts in DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein. Part of the reason Labissiere disappointed during his lone season of college ball was that his skill set didn't fit into what coach John Calipari was looking for from his center. Labissiere belongs on the perimeter as a stretch big, not on the low block as a post presence. He attempted just two three-pointers as a freshman, but that will be a big part of his game if he's to have success in the NBA. In addition to his ability to stretch the floor, the other top tool Labissiere brings to the table is his ability to protect the rim. He averaged 1.6 blocks in just 15.8 minutes per game, and on a per-minute basis, that put him at the same pace as Karl-Anthony Towns, when he was a freshman at Kentucky. There likely won't be many opportunities right off the bat for Labissiere to see many minutes behind Cousins and Cauley-Stein as a rookie, but in time, he could give the Kings the sort of skill set that perfectly complements that duo.
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Cleared for impact work
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
March 4, 2020
Labissiere (knee) has been cleared to participate in impact activities and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Progresses to non-contact work
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
March 2, 2020
Labissiere (knee) was spotted participating in non-contact drills during Monday's shootaround, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Out for 'weeks'
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
February 19, 2020
Labissiere (knee) will remain out for "weeks," Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Shut down through break
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
February 9, 2020
Labissiere (knee), who has been ruled out in advance of Sunday's game against the Knicks, won't travel with the Hawks during the team's two-game road trip this week, Ben Ladner of SI.com reports.
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Won't play Sunday
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
February 8, 2020
Labissiere (knee) remains out Sunday against the Knicks, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
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