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Festus Ezeli | Center

Team: Golden State Warriors
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: Vanderbilt
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Warriors GM Bob Myers said his team is "focused and motivated" to reach an extension with Festus Ezeli.
There was speculation that Ezeli could command upwards of $10 million annually on his next deal, so perhaps the two sides may find a little difficulty in coming together on common ground when it comes to the big man's value. He'll again serve as the primary backup behind Andrew Bogut for the 2015-16 season, which means he'll need a Bogut injury to be relevant in standard formats. Aug 31 - 10:01 AM

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General manager Bob Myers is expecting Festus Ezeli's stock to rise next season.

This is somewhat telling. The Warriors may decrease Andrew Bogut's playing time and now Ezeli may be getting more of those minutes at center. This also suggests he'll get more minutes than Marreese Speights. Ezeli is a low-end target in 16-team leagues.
Aug 28 - 2:55 PM

Warriors C Festus Ezeli recently worked out with Joakim Noah at a training facility.

Ezeli gave the Warriors some big bench minutes throughout the playoffs, including 10 points, four rebounds and a block in 11 minutes during Golden State's Finals-clinching win in Game 6. He's not in Noah's league as a passer but he has all the tools to be an effective NBA center for many years, though fantasy owners can ignore him while Andrew Bogut is installed as the Dubs' starter.
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Jul 28 - 11:02 PM

Festus Ezeli (illness) was not at practice on Saturday.

He's sick and he should be fine for Thursday. Ezeli will likely be a key part of the second unit in The Finals, especially since LeBron James will put pressure on the frontcourt and cause foul trouble.
May 30 - 3:33 PM

Festus Ezeli scored a playoff career-high 12 points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes.

Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble and the Warriors were lucky to get a massive game out of their backup center. Ezeli was only playing 7.5 minutes per game in these playoffs before this win and he's likely earned some extra playing time in the NBA Finals. Considering how much LeBron James likes to get into the paint, the Warriors are likely going to have some fouling issues. Of course, don't expect Festus to play this much.
May 28 - 12:16 AM

Andrew Bogut praised Festuz Ezeli's effort after Saturday's Game 3 win over the Rockets.

"[Ezeli] was huge for us. He's been playing great all series in my opinion," Bogut said. "He has stayed professional and when he gets limited minutes he stays ready. He got some extended minute [Saturday] and did a hell of a job for us. That's what we're going to need." Ezeli stepped up on Saturday night when Bogut got into foul trouble, playing some excellent defense against Dwight Howard while scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and a block. The Warriors need his size to battle with big D12, and so far, he's gotten the job done.
May 24 - 3:22 PM

Festus Ezeli returned from his one-game suspension and put up 14 points, eight rebounds and one block in 15 minutes of action on Monday against the Nets.

Ezeli has some potential but injuries and lack of playing time have derailed his fantasy value. If that changes we'll let you know.
Mar 2 - 11:00 PM

Festus Ezeli will return to the Warriors now that he's served his one-game suspension.

This is just a reminder after Ezeli served his suspension in Sunday's win over the Celtics.
Mar 2 - 10:02 AM

Festus Ezeli will be suspended for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

He got into it with Tyler Hansbrough on Friday and this isn't a surprise. Ezeli doesn't really play more than 15 minutes even when the Warriors are missing guys, so he's not worth owning in almost any league. Andrew Bogut is also less likely to be rested on Sunday with Ezeli out.
Feb 28 - 4:54 PM

Festus Ezeli has been recalled from the D-League.

He is still not a lock to play now that the Warriors are healthy in their frontcourt. Ezeli won't see enough minutes even while Andrew Bogut misses games, so he's not worth owning in almost any league.
Feb 2 - 3:45 PM

Festus Ezeli hasn't played for the Warriors since Dec. 23 due to a nagging ankle injury, but he returned to action with Santa Cruz in the D-League on Friday.

While it's great to see him finally over his ankle injury, Ezeli has a long way to go before he will back in the Warriors' rotation. Unless a few injuries open up some playing time, Ezeli can be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues.
Jan 31 - 9:54 AM

Festus Ezeli is expected to start a brief D-League stint this weekend.

He's been battling an ankle injury and the Warriors will want to ease him back. David Lee played well on Tuesday and Marreese Speights has also been a pleasant surprise, so there's no need to rush Ezeli back. He has no fantasy value right now.
Jan 28 - 3:35 PM

Festus Ezeli (ankle) went through a contact practice on Monday.

He is doing 3-on-3 right now and is getting closer to a return. Ezeli won't see much action while Andrew Bogut is healthy and he's not going to get more than 20 minutes even when Bogut can go.
Jan 26 - 3:02 PM

Festus Ezeli (ankle) could be cleared to return to practice soon.

He has been out since Dec. 23 so it will be good to see him back in uniform. However, now that David Lee and Andrew Bogut are healthy, Ezeli won't be in the rotation anytime soon. Leave Ezeli on the wire.
Jan 19 - 8:13 PM

Festus Ezeli (ankle) will not play on Monday against the Nuggets.

The Warriors don't need him now that David Lee and Andrew Bogut are back. Ezeli can be dropped basically everywhere.
Jan 19 - 3:27 PM

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3Brandon Rush
4Ian Clark
5Chris Babb
SF1Harrison Barnes
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PF1Draymond Green
2Marreese Speights
3James Michael McAdoo
4Kevon Looney
C1Andrew Bogut
2Jason Thompson
3Festus Ezeli