Yuta Watanabe

Yuta Watanabe

27-Year-Old ForwardF
Toronto Raptors
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After two unimpressive seasons in Memphis, Watanabe signed a two-way deal with the Raptors last offseason. The 26-year-old's season was nothing too special, as he averaged 4.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 14.5 minutes per game. While none of those stats are great, all of them marked career highs for Watanabe. The George Washington product also shot an impressive 40.0 percent from three as well. This year, it is looking like Watanabe is still going to be near the bottom of Toronto's rotation. The team has the likes of OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher on the team. The Raptors also added Precious Achiuwa, Scottie Barnes and Isaac Bonga. Due to Watanabe's unimpressive play and Toronto's depth at the position, it is hard to imagine a big season out of the three-year-pro. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.08 million contract with the Raptors in April of 2021.
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Watanabe was born in 1994 in Kagawa, Japan. Both of his parents played in Japan's top basketball leagues. Before coming to the United States, he led Jinsei Gakuen High School to second place in the 2010 and 2011 All-Japan Tournaments. He moved to the USA in 2013, playing his only scholastic season in the States at St. Thomas More High School in Connecticut. In signing with George Washington University, Watanabe became the first Japanese-born student-athlete to earn an NCAA Division I men's basketball scholarship. During college, he majored in Japanese Language and Literature. Fans can check out Watanabe on Instagram (@yutawatanabe12). Watanabe was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year in his senior year at George Washington for the 2017-18 season. As a junior in 2016-17, he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team. The Kagawa, Japan native was third in the Atlantic 10 in blocks (54) and blocks per game (1.6) in his senior season. Along with those categories, Watanabe led George Washington in points per game (16.3), defensive rebounds per game (4.8) and field goals per game (5.8). Watanabe was not selected in the 2018 NBA Draft. He signed a contract with the Nets not long after in the summer of 2018.

Good to go
FToronto Raptors
November 27, 2021
Watanabe (calf) is not listed on the Raptors' injury report ahead of Sunday's game versus the Celtics, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
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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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Questionable Friday
FToronto Raptors
Calf
November 26, 2021
Watanabe is questionable for Friday's game against the Pacers due to left calf strain injury recovery.
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Active Wednesday
FToronto Raptors
November 24, 2021
Watanabe (calf) will suit up for Wednesday's contest against the Grizzlies, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
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Questionable for Wednesday
FToronto Raptors
Calf
November 23, 2021
Watanabe (calf) is questionable for Wednesday's contest at Memphis.
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May debut Wednesday
FToronto Raptors
Calf
November 22, 2021
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.
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Officially out Sunday
FToronto Raptors
Calf
November 21, 2021
Watanabe (calf) is out for Sunday's contest against the Warriors, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.
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