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Festus Ezeli | Center | #31

Team: Golden State Warriors
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: Vanderbilt
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (30) / GS
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Festus Ezeli said he hasn't considered whether he's played his last game with the Warriors.
While the 26-year-old could be lured away from the Warriors as a restricted free agent this summer, he's still smarting from the Warriors' Game 7 loss in the NBA Finals. "I really have not," Ezeli said when asked whether he'd considered if Sunday’s game might have been his last in a Warriors uniform. "There are a lot of emotions going through my mind right now. That one is really in the back of my mind. It’s not really an issue. I’m just thinking about the fact that we lost, and it’s a really s— feeling." While Ezeli could see an uptick in fantasy value with a new team, his fantasy value will be limited if he ends up back with the Warriors. Jun 21 - 10:19 AM

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Festus Ezeli moved into the Warriors' lineup for Game 7, but he struggled to a line of zero points, one rebound and one assist in 11 minutes of action.

The Warriors started the 'death lineup' in Game 6 but it resulted in another loss, so Steve Kerr opted for a more traditional approach with Ezeli replacing Andrew Bogut's size in the starting lineup. The move didn't pay off, however, as Ezeli looked tired early and was repeatedly burned on defense in a game full of small-ball lineups. It will be interesting to see what sort of contract offers he receives as a restricted free agent this summer.
Jun 19 - 11:23 PM

Festus Ezeli will start Game 7 for the Warriors on Sunday.

Andre Iguodala (back) will come off the bench but he's playing without a minute-limit, and the lineup change is a matchup-based move by coach Steve Kerr. Ezeli gives the team more rim protection and rebounding, but Iguodala should still see an increased role in Game 7 with Andrew Bogut (knee) watching from the sidelines.
Jun 19 - 8:03 PM

Festus Ezeli played 10 minutes with two points, three rebounds and one block against the Cavs on Monday.

The Warriors needed some help at the five tonight and they really didn't get it from anyone. Draymond Green will be back for Game 6 on Thursday, so Ezeli won't be as important for that one.
Jun 13 - 11:56 PM

Festus Ezeli scored eight points with two rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

Ezeli probably would've played some more tonight because Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble, but the Thunder kept hacking him and he hit just 2-of-8 free throws. The Warriors have been crushed in two straight games and their small lineups haven't been successful, so Ezeli should see minutes in the teens again on Thursday.
May 25 - 12:45 AM

If Andrew Bogut (adductor) can't play, coach Steve Kerr said Festus Ezeli will start.

The Warriors didn't list Bogut on the injury report, so it would appear they'll have their big man. Ezeli didn't play at all against OKC during the season, but he's coming off a productive Game 5 on Wednesday with eight points. He won't be a fantasy option.
May 14 - 3:39 PM

Festus Ezeli started the second half of Game 5 in place of Andrew Bogut (hip), finishing with eight points, four rebounds and one block in 14 minutes.

Bogut came in with the second-best defensive rating this postseason, allowing just 86.6 points per 100 possessions while he's on the court. Ezeli and Anderson Varejao will have some big shoes to fill if Bogut isn't healthy enough to play against the winner of the Spurs vs. Thunder series.
May 12 - 2:14 AM

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, Festus Ezeli could get a three-year deal worth $50 million this summer.

"Obviously there are health issues you’re worried about," one general manager said. "So I don’t think you’d want to go beyond three years. But he still has a lot of upside and he can get better in a bigger role." That's a ton of money for a center who averaged 16.7 minutes per game this season and who has durability issues, but the Lakers are reportedly very interested in him which isn't a surprise after they hired Luke Walton. The Warriors can match any offers since he's a restricted free agent, but they won't be able to afford him if they have big plans in free agency.
May 6 - 9:24 AM

Festus Ezeli gave the Warriors a spark off the bench on Tuesday in Game 2, scoring eight points with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 13 minutes.

He picked up a DNP-CD in Game 1, but coach Steve Kerr told him to stay ready and the big man proved his worth tonight. He shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and was a +13 in 13 minutes. He may not see many minutes on a consistent basis, but he probably leapfrogged Anderson Varejao (three minutes) in the rotation with his performance tonight.
May 4 - 1:39 AM

Festus Ezeli scored eight points with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 11 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

He was terrific in his extended run due to Andrew Bogut getting in foul trouble. Ezeli figures to be in the single digits for minutes when Bogut isn't in foul trouble. Don't expect a repeat performance from Ezeli in Game 2.
Apr 16 - 7:14 PM

Festus Ezeli scored nine points in a start against the Grizzlies on Saturday with four rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes.

He looked great and led the team in net rating during this game. Ezeli will be moving back to the bench on Sunday, but coach Steve Kerr has to be happy with his conditioning test.
Apr 9 - 11:31 PM

Festus Ezeli will start for Andrew Bogut (rest) against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

He has played a combined 13 minutes in his last two games, so it's tough to say how many minutes Ezeli will see. There's a good chance Marreese Speights plays more than Ezeli here. Don't forget Ezeli just returned from knee surgery back on Apr. 3.
Apr 9 - 6:38 PM

Festus Ezeli moved back to the bench on Tuesday vs. the Wolves and played five minutes, finishing with one rebound.

He isn't going to play much after just returning from knee surgery, so there's no reason to look his way in standard leagues.
Apr 6 - 2:40 AM

Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) returned from a 31-game absence on Sunday with two points and three rebounds in nine minutes of action.

Ezeli started at center with Andrew Bogut (ribs) unavailable, but he was predictably limited after such a long layoff. Bogut's X-rays were negative and he's day-to-day, so there's no reason to expect fantasy-relevant production from Ezeli down the stretch.
Apr 3 - 11:29 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee) will return from a 31-game absence and start on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

Andrew Bogut (ribs) will not play, but we'd still expect Ezeli's minutes to be pretty limited tonight. Ezeli has season averages of 7.5 points, 5.9 boards and 1.2 blocks in just 17.8 minutes, but he's only on the radar in deeper leagues for now.
Apr 3 - 7:58 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Stephen Curry
2Shaun Livingston
3Leandro Barbosa
SG1Klay Thompson
2Ian Clark
SF1Harrison Barnes
2Andre Iguodala
3Brandon Rush
PF1Draymond Green
2James Michael McAdoo
3Kevon Looney
C1Andrew Bogut
2Festus Ezeli
3Marreese Speights
4Anderson Varejao