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Western Northwest Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
53-29 5-5 W1
42-40 7-3 W3
40-42 4-6 W2
37-45 2-8 L1
33-49 1-9 L4

2022 Stats

Minutes Per Game
Points Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 23.0 9.2 72.0 8.4 0.9

Top Walker Kessler News

  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Entering concussion protocol

    Kessler is entering the league's concussion protocol Monday, Tim MacMahon of reports.

    Kessler exited Sunday's game against the Nets while being evaluated for a concussion, and his diagnosis has been confirmed by the team's medical staff. The Jazz have just four games remaining in the regular season, and it's unclear whether the rookie will be available for any of those matchups, but it's certainly possible he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. If he's unavailable down the stretch, Udoka Azubuike, Kelly Olynyk and Damian Jones are candidates to see increased run.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Ruled out for regular season

    Kessler (concussion) has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports.

    Kessler entered the league's concussion protocol Monday and will be unavailable for Utah's final four games of the regular season. The team is still in the mix for a spot in the Play-In Tournament, and it's possible he'll be able to return if the Jazz qualify for the postseason. However, Udoka Azubuike, Kelly Olynyk and Damian Jones will likely see additional work in the frontcourt to close out the regular season.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Won't return Sunday

    Kessler is being evaluated for a concussion and will not return to Sunday's game against the Nets, Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    Kessler took a blow to the head and was a bit wobbly as he headed to the locker room, so it's not surprising to see him ruled out for the rest of the game with Utah down by 20 points. He should be considered questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Lakers, and if he can't give it a go, that would result in more minutes for Kelly Olynyk and Udoka Azubuike.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Logs 20-point double-double

    Kessler recorded 20 points (10-13 FG), 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 34 minutes during Friday's 122-114 loss to the Celtics.

    Kessler was incredibly efficient Friday, knocking down 10 of his 13 shot attempts to reach the 20-point mark for the fifth time this season. The rookie center was dominant on the glass, pulling in five offensive rebounds and submitting double-digit rebounds for the third time in his last four appearances. Kessler should continue to see more offensive opportunities for as long as Lauri Markkanen (hand) and Jordan Clarkson (finger) remain out.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Ties season high with seven blocks

    Kessler finished Monday's 117-103 loss to Phoenix with 18 points (8-10 FG, 2-5 FT), eight rebounds, seven blocks, one assist and one steal over 30 minutes.

    Kessler put on a show in the loss, matching his season high in blocks. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact he has blocked at least five shots on 11 occasions throughout his rookie season. As his offensive game continues to develop, Kessler is looking more and more like a potential top-40 player in nine-category leagues with each passing game. Despite averaging only 22.9 minutes per game on the season since he was a bench player until early January, Kessler still ranks as a top-60 player on the campaign.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Tallies career-high point total

    Kessler ended with 31 points (14-16 FG, 3-6 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 34 minutes during Saturday's 121-113 loss to Sacramento.

    The Jazz were without Lauri Markkanen (hand) again for this contest, freeing up more offensive opportunities for Kessler. The latter was unusually prolific with his shot attempts, putting up 16 after averaging just 5.8 field-goal tries over his previous five contests. Kessler had good reason to keep hoisting shots Saturday, as he made 14 of the 16 attempts en route to a career-best point total. The big man is already a valuable fantasy asset due to his work as a rebounder and shot blocker, and if he uses this performance as a springboard to a bigger role on offense, his value could shoot through the roof.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Provides pivotal block in win

    Kessler finished Monday's 128-120 win over the Kings with 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, five blocks and two assists in 30 minutes.

    Though he didn't see any notable uptick in touches on the offensive end while Lauri Markkanen (back) joined Jordan Clarkson (finger) and Collin Sexton (hamstring) on the sideline Monday, Kessler continued to demonstrate why he's already one of the game's elite rim defenders. For the 10th time this season, the rookie recorded at least five blocks in a game, with his final rejection of the night denying a Domantas Sabonis layup attempt with 1:20 remaining in the fourth quarter that would have cut the Kings' deficit to one. Kessler secured the loose ball and triggered a parade of free throws to help the Jazz put away the Kings.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Swats shot to seal win

    Kessler racked up 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-5 FT), 14 rebounds, one assist and three blocks over 34 minutes during Saturday's 118-117 win over Boston.

    Kessler blocked his third shot of the game in the final moments, denying Grant Williams a potential game-winner. The rookie cemented his role as Utah's starting center back in January, and he's recorded 13 double-doubles since taking over the job permanently. Kessler averages 2.3 blocks per game, good enough for fifth in the league, but he's averaged 2.9 swats per game over 26 games as a starter.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Dazzles in paint Saturday

    Kessler provided 17 points (8-10 FG, 1-2 FT), 16 rebounds, three blocks and one assist across 32 minutes during Saturday's 119-111 victory over the Hornets.

    Kessler has now notched seven games with 15-plus rebounds this season. The rookie big man has been on a tear since the All-Star break, averaging 11.9 points (on 77.1 percent shooting from the field), 13.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocks in 31.1 minutes per contest over a stretch of seven games.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Double-doubles in return

    Kessler (illness) ended with 13 points (5-5 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks across 32 minutes during Thursday's 131-124 victory over the Magic.

    Kessler returned from a one-game absence due to a non-COVID illness and picked up right where he left off. He's posted five double-doubles over his past seven appearances and is averaging 10.9 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks in 31.3 minutes during that stretch.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 7-1, 245 lbs
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Age: 21
School: Auburn
Experience: R