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2021 Stats

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Top Yuta Watanabe News

  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Back to bench role

    Watanabe will come off the bench Monday night against the Heat, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.

    Watanabe picked up a spot start Saturday in Milwaukee but logged only five minutes and failed to attempt a shot in the victory. He'll head back to his typical bench role Monday evening.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Starting in Milwaukee

    Watanabe will start Saturday's matchup against the Bucks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.

    Watanabe joins the starting five with Scottie Barnes (knee), Gary Trent (ankle) and Khem Birch (nose) out. In his three starts, Watanabe has averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 27.7 minutes.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Back to bench

    Watanabe will come off the bench Friday against the Pistons, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.

    With Scottie Barnes (knee) back in the fold, Watanabe will resume a bench role. As a reserve, he's averaged 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 18.1 minutes.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Scoreless in return

    Watanabe racked up zero points (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), one rebound and one steal in 15 minutes during Tuesday's 99-95 loss to the Suns.

    With Scottie Barnes (knee) and Gary Trent (ankle) sidelined, Watanabe drew his third start of the season during his return from a four-game absence due to COVID-19 protocols. However, the fourth-year pro was a nonfactor in Tuesday's loss. He will look to bounce back Friday against Pistons.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Starting Tuesday

    Watanabe will start Tuesday's game against the Suns, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Watanabe gets the start with Scottie Barnes (knee) and Gary Trent (ankle) sidelined. In his two previous starts, he averaged 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 34.0 minutes.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Clears COVID-19 protocols

    Watanabe (conditioning) cleared the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols Monday and doesn't appear on the Raptors' injury report for Tuesday's game against the Suns, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.

    Toronto is apparently satisfied with where Watanabe is at from a conditioning standpoint after he missed the previous four games, so he should recapture a minor role in the rotation Tuesday. Over his last five appearances before entering the protocols, Watanabe averaged 10.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 three-pointers in 22.4 minutes.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Latest Raptor to enter protocols

    Watanabe entered COVID-19 protocols Tuesday, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.

    The Raptors got a slew of regulars back over the weekend, but now Watanabe and Svi Mykhailiuk have become the latest players to enter protocols. The pair will be subject to miss at least the next five days, so the two players will likely sit out Tuesday against the Spurs, Wednesday against the Bucks and Friday against the Jazz, at minimum.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Coming off bench

    Watanabe will come off the bench Friday against the Clippers, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    With the Raptors getting players back from protocols, Watanabe will resume his usual bench role. As a reserve, he's averaging 6.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.4 minutes.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Re-enters Tuesday's game

    Watanabe (undisclosed) re-entered Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

    Watanabe needed some time in the locker room after colliding with Joel Embiid. He's apparently avoided an injury serious enough to keep him sidelined.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Limps to locker room

    Watanabe went to the locker room during the third quarter of Tuesday's game against the 76ers after colliding with Joel Embiid, Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun reports.

    It doesn't seem like Watanabe is dealing with a serious injury. Still, he should be considered questionable to return.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Paces Raptors in scoring

    Watanabe contributed 26 points (11-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 144-99 loss to the Cavaliers.

    Watanabe was in the starting lineup for the first time this season since the Raptors were shorthanded due to the league's health and safety protocols. He played a season-high 37 minutes in the loss and scored in double figures for the third time in the last four games. Across that span, the 27-year-old has also posted two double-doubles.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Raptors-Bulls postponed

    Watanabe and the Raptors won't play the Bulls on Wednesday after the NBA postponed the game due to Toronto not having the league-required eight available players for that contest, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Toronto had 12 players listed as out for the contest, including eight members of the roster who are in the NBA's health and safety protocols. After the postponement, the Raptors aren't scheduled to play again until Sunday in Cleveland, where the team will still likely be down several players. With that in mind, Watanabe could be in store for a sizable role when Toronto returns to action. He had already logged 20-plus minutes in each of the Raptors' last three contests, averaging 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.3 blocks.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Puts up double-double in win

    Watanabe closed Monday's 124-101 victory over the Kings with 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Watanabe has been a fixture in the Raptors' rotation for the last few weeks with OG Anunoby (hip) out, but this was easily his best effort of the season. Fo the most part, the George Washington product can be ignored in season-long leagues, but this was a reminder that he can occasionally flash upside as a low-cost DFS flier.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Good to go

    Watanabe (calf) is not listed on the Raptors' injury report ahead of Sunday's game versus the Celtics, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.

    Watanabe has been nursing a left calf strain. Barring any setbacks, he will be available off the bench for the Raptors on Sunday.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Questionable Friday

    Watanabe is questionable for Friday's game against the Pacers due to left calf strain injury recovery.

    The forward made his return Wednesday, but there's a chance he'll need to rest and recover Friday. He saw 14 minutes during his first game of the season and posted three points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Active Wednesday

    Watanabe (calf) will suit up for Wednesday's contest against the Grizzlies, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.

    The 27-year-old forward will be active for the first time all season now that he's recovered from a calf injury. The Raptors have been proceeding with caution with Watanabe, so it would not be surprising to see him receive minimal minutes Wednesday night. As a result, there are better fantasy options to pursue.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Questionable for Wednesday

    Watanabe (calf) is questionable for Wednesday's contest at Memphis.

    Watanabe has yet to play this season, but he appears on the verge of making his debut. The 6-foot-9 forward was able to log a full practice Monday and is certainly trending in the right direction. If he doesn't play Wednesday, then his next chance to suit up will be Friday, when the Raptors face the Pacers.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: May debut Wednesday

    Watanabe (calf) was a full participant during Monday's practice and could be in line to make his season debut Wednesday in Memphis, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.

    Watanabe was listed as doubtful heading into Sunday's matchup, indicating that there was some slight progress being made. However, his full practice Monday is definitely a bigger step in the right direction. Last year, his first season with Toronto, the 6-foot-9 forward made 50 appearances and averaged 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds across 14.5 minutes per game.

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Officially out Sunday

    Watanabe (calf) is out for Sunday's contest against the Warriors, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.

    The 6-foot-9 forward has still not made his season debut this year, but did come into Sunday's contest with a doubtful tag indicating that there may be some progression with Watanabe's injury. The George Washington product's next chance to make his return to the court comes Wednesday in Memphis

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  • Raptors' Yuta Watanabe: Questionable Sunday

    Watanabe (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Warriors, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.

    Watanabe has yet to make his season debut after suffering a calf strain in the preseason. The Raptors' decision to upgrade him to questionable suggests Watanabe could soon suit up for Toronto, but he's unlikely to be included in head coach Nick Nurse's rotation in any case.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-9, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Miki, Japan
Age: 27
Class: Junior