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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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The Warriors will pick up C Festus Ezeli's contract for the 2015-16 season, according to Yahoo Sports.
Ezeli will earn $2.0 million next season, a relative pittance since he projects as the Warriors' backup center behind injury-prone Andrew Bogut. Marreese Speights and Ognjen Kuzmic give coach Steve Kerr a modicum of depth but Ezeli is the team's preferred reserve, giving him a shred of value in the deepest of leagues. Oct 29 - 4:18 AM

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Festus Ezeli (shin) made his preseason debut in style on Tuesday, notching 10 points, three rebounds and one block in just 11 minutes of action.

Ezeli missed the entire 2013-14 season but he looked great the moment he took the court, and the backup C job is his to lose. With Andrew Bogut a perpetual injury risk, Ezeli is worth keeping on the fantasy radar in deep leagues.
Oct 22 - 1:33 AM

Festus Ezeli (shin) will play in Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Clippers.

Steve Kerr said he'll deploy Ezeli late in the second quarter, and he's unlikely to play more than a handful of minutes in his first game since May of 2013. His return has no impact in typical fantasy leagues, but it's great news for the Warriors in reality -- Andrew Bogut is a constant injury risk and Jermaine O'Neal is gone, so Ezeli provides much-needed depth at center.
Oct 21 - 2:38 PM

Festus Ezeli (shin) practiced on Tuesday and was reportedly "flying on wind sprints," but he will not play in any preseason games this week.

Ezeli's 2013-14 season was spoiled by knee surgery but it's been shin inflammation that's limited him during the preseason. He'll be relied upon to backup injury-prone Andrew Bogut this season, but isn't worth drafting with Bogut healthy to start the year.
Oct 14 - 4:09 PM

Festus Ezeli (shin) participated in 5-on-0 drills on Saturday.

He has battled many injuries early on his career so all the Warriors can hope for is that he can provide Andrew Bogut with some relief minutes this season. Ezeli is not worth drafting in any format.
Oct 11 - 4:48 PM

Festus Ezeli feels only "slight discomfort" in his inflamed right shin and he expects to be active on opening night.

The Warriors open their season in Sacramento on Oct. 29, giving Ezeli three weeks to fully recover from the setback. He missed the 2013-14 season due to knee surgery and isn't a fantasy asset, but the Warriors are relying on him to take some pressure off injury-prone Andrew Bogut.
Oct 8 - 3:05 AM

Festus Ezeli (right shin inflammation) is unlikely to play in the Warriors' first three preseason games.

Ezeli will wait a few days before being re-evaluated and it's unclear how long he might be sidelined. He missed the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from knee surgery, so it may take a while before he's game-ready. In the meantime, the Warriors will lean on Marreese Speights and Ognjen Kuzmic as backups behind Andrew Bogut.
Oct 5 - 2:47 PM

Festus Ezeli (right shin inflammation) sat out his second consecutive practice on Friday.

Ezeli will play backup minutes behind oft-injured Andrew Bogut to start the 2014-15 season, and he's not someone to target in standard leagues.
Oct 3 - 4:49 PM

Festus Ezeli missed practice on Thursday.

Ezeli is still recovering from knee surgery, and this is likely just a maintenance day. The good news for Ezeli is that he practiced on Tuesday and has not had any reported set backs. He will likely be the back up center behind injury-prone Andrew Bogut.
Oct 2 - 4:25 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) was back at practice on Wednesday.

He missed Tuesday night due to rest and it sounds like he's fine. Ezeli did not play at all last season and he'll likely get some minutes in the second unit.
Oct 1 - 5:08 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) was able to practice at training camp on Tuesday, as expected.

Ezeli had a few setbacks during his recovery last year, eventually missing the entire 2013-14 season, but he's finally ready to get back on the court. He should pair with Marreese Speights to backup Andrew Bogut at the C position, making him a negligible player for fantasy purposes.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 30 - 3:05 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) is expected to be on the floor to start training camp, according to coach Steve Kerr.

He missed the entire 2013-14 season due to his knee surgery, which was a surprise since he was expected to play for much of the 2014 portion of the season. Ezeli will likely back up Andrew Bogut, but the team will figure out other ways to cope rather than count on Ezeli for big minutes should Bogut miss time. He's not worth drafting in almost any league.
Sep 25 - 9:34 PM

Festus Ezeli, who had knee surgery in June of 2013, still isn't running full speed, but hopes to be ready to start doing more basketball activities when training camp starts.

Ezeli, who was only expected to need six-to-nine months to recover is now past 15 months without doing much in the gym. He hasn't played five-on-five and was forced to miss summer league with shin inflammation. He says the shin is better, but he's only been doing one-on-one work with coaches. "I don’t think I’ll be 100 percent until I actually start playing in games, but I’m close enough," Ezeli said. "I’m getting ready for training camp, which will give me a chance to start running and doing all of that stuff I love on the court." There's no reason to draft or own Ezeli until he proves he's healthy again.
Source: SFGate
Sep 16 - 11:47 PM

Festus Ezeli will not play in Summer League this year because of right shin inflammation.

Ezeli has missed enough time with his knee surgery to take it easy on the first sign of trouble, but it also goes without saying that the Warriors would appreciate him getting his work in. The team says the injury isn't serious and we'll know by his participation in the preseason.
Jul 7 - 11:30 PM

Warriors center Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) has been cleared to play and he's expected to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Ezeli has been out for almost a year after having surgery to repair ligaments in his right knee, but he's been playing pickup games since the end of the regular season. "They think it's a good idea [to play in Summer Leauge], so I probably will," Ezeli said. "Just go to Vegas, get some touches and get my rhythm back. Just get back to playing. Get back to being comfortable on the court." Andrew Bogut has a lengthy history of injuries and Jermaine O'Neal is uncertain to return for Golden State next season, so a healthy Ezeli would be a nice boost for the Warriors' frontcourt.
Jun 10 - 3:32 PM

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PosRoleName
PG1Stephen Curry
2Shaun Livingston
SG1Klay Thompson
2Leandro Barbosa
3Brandon Rush
4Justin Holiday
SF1Harrison Barnes
2Andre Iguodala
PF1David Lee
2Draymond Green
3Marreese Speights
C1Andrew Bogut
2Festus Ezeli
3Ognjen Kuzmic