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Western Northwest Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
14-9 5-5 L2
13-11 3-7 W2
14-12 4-6 L1
11-12 6-4 L1
11-13 5-5 W3

2022 Stats

STATS MPG
Minutes Per Game
PPG
Points Per Game
FG%
Field Goal Percentage
RPG
Rebounds Per Game
APG
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 15.8 5.8 75.7 5.3 0.6

Top Walker Kessler News

  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Career-best performance in win

    Kessler ended Friday's 139-119 victory over the Pacers with 20 points (7-7 FG, 6-8 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 25 minutes.

    Kessler enjoyed his best game as a pro Friday, establishing his high mark in scoring with 20 points while making all seven of his field-goal attempts. The talented rookie also grabbed a career-high 11 boards to record his first NBA double-double. While Kessler can't usually be counted on as a scorer, he's been quite reliable as a shot blocker of late, posting multiple swats in four of his past six contests.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Another four blocks Wednesday

    Kessler finished Wednesday's 125-112 win over the Clippers with five points (2-3 FG, 1-3 FT), four rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes.

    Kessler did what he does best in the win, swatting a game-high four shots off the bench. Despite the low minutes, he is proving to be one of the best shot blockers in the league. He is currently averaging 1.6 blocks per game in only 15.4 minutes. As long as the Jazz are contending, his role is unlikely to change too much, leaving him as an elite streaming option across all competitive leagues.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Swats five shots in loss

    Kessler chipped in five points (2-2 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and five blocks over 21 minutes during Wednesday's 125-116 loss to the Pistons.

    Kessler has yet to figure out how to become a consistent scorer, but the rookie has shown on several occasions his potential as a shot blocker. His five swats Wednesday were the most he has recorded in a single game thus far in his brief career, exceeding the four blocks he posted in his second NBA contest Oct. 21. Kessler is averaging 1.5 blocks across 15.2 minutes per game, tops among all NBA rookies.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Not on injury report

    Kessler (illness) is not on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

    Kessler sat out the past three games due to an illness. In his five appearances, he's averaged 5.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 assists in 16.6 minutes.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Joining team on road trip

    Kessler (illness) will join the Jazz on the team's upcoming three-game road trip, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    Kessler took part in shootaround Monday before being ruled out of the evening's contest. It looks like he's trending toward a return at some point on the road trip, though it's unclear yet if he will be ready for the first road game Wednesday versus the Mavericks. More information on that front should surface when the team releases its injury report.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Ruled out Monday

    Kessler (illness) will not take the court against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Kessler will miss his third consecutive game due to a non-COVID illness despite taking part in shootaround Monday morning. His absence could spell more minutes for Kelly Olynyk and Jarred Vanderbilt, while Udoka Azubuike is a candidate to break into the Utah rotation.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Participates in shootaround

    Kessler (illness) participated in Utah's shootaround Monday, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    Kessler has missed the last two games due to an illness and is questionable for Monday's matchup against Memphis, but his participation in the team's shootaround is encouraging. However, it's not yet clear whether he'll ultimately be able to suit up for Monday's game.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Questionable Monday

    Kessler (illness) is questionable for Monday's game against the Grizzlies, Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    Kessler has missed Utah's last two games due to an illness, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be available Monday. If he's sidelined again, Udoka Azubuike and Jarred Vanderbilt should see increased playing time.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Out again Saturday

    Kessler (illness) is out Saturday against the Grizzlies.

    Kessler, along with Mike Conley (rest), Simone Fontecchio (COVID-19 protocols) and Rudy Gay (COVID-19 protocols) are sidelined. Most players' minutes were muted during Friday's blowout loss to the Nuggets -- Jarred Vanderbilt led the team with 28 -- but the absences still mean more time could be in store for Malik Beasley, Talen Horton-Tucker, Ochai Agbaji, Leandro Bolmaro and Udoka Azubuike, among others.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Ruled out Friday

    Kessler (illness) will not play Friday against the Nuggets.

    Kessler was questionable coming into the matchup after battling an illness for most of the week. With Simone Fontecchio (COVID-19) and Rudy Gay (COVID-19) already ruled out, Udoka Azubuike will likely step into some backup center minutes.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Questionable at Denver

    Kessler (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Nuggets, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports.

    Kessler played 11 minutes during Wednesday's win over Houston but now feels under the weather. If he's unavailable for Friday's game against the Nuggets, Jarred Vanderbilt will likely see increased playing time. Talen Horton-Tucker could see more action as well with Rudy Gay (COVID-19 protocols) sidelined.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Doesn't practice Thursday

    Kessler didn't participate in Thursday's practice session due to an illness, Sarah Todd of The Deseret News reports.

    Kessler played 11 minutes during Wednesday's win over Houston but is feeling under the weather a day later. If he's unavailable for Friday's game against the Nuggets, Jarred Vanderbilt will likely see increased playing time.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Plagued by fouls

    Kessler had zero points (0-1 FG), one rebound, one block and one steal in eight minutes during Monday's 114-108 loss to the Rockets. He also had two turnovers.

    Kessler picked up four fouls within his first six minutes of action, leading to the 21-year-old rookie's first fantasy dud of the campaign. Kessler will continue experiencing growing pains, but he's flashed efficient scoring, shot blocking and rebounding prowess through his first four career games.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Nice performance off bench

    Kessler finished with 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-6 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal over 24 minutes during Wednesday's 123-102 victory over the Nuggets.

    Kessler's rookie debut went well. He saw 24 minutes off the bench -- more than starter Kelly Olynyk (15) -- and finished with a double-double on 100 percent shooting. His playing time, along with Olynyk's, may vary based on matchup. Still, fantasy managers who drafted Kessler certainly aren't feeling buyer's remorse after one game.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Blocks four shots Tuesday

    Kessler has 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, four blocks and one assist in 25 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Kessler was fantastic in the loss, flashing his tremendous defensive upside. While he is slated to come off the bench behind Kelly Olynyk, there is certainly a chance his role expands as the season progresses. At this stage, he is nothing more than a late-round flier; however, his game translates very well when it comes to fantasy production, making him a name to monitor moving forward.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Scores 11 points off bench

    Kessler recorded 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-3 FT) and four rebounds across 14 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 114-82 loss against the Raptors.

    It was a solid pro debut for Kessler, who turned heads with his play during training camp and might be in the mix for real minutes as the season progresses. The rookie out of Auburn is slated to open the season as the team's backup center behind Kelly Olynyk, but he should find a steady role in the rotation in a rebuilding Utah squad.

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  • Jazz's Walker Kessler: Traded to Utah

    Kessler -- along with Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro and four first-round picks -- was traded Friday from the Timberwolves to the Jazz for Rudy Gobert, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Kessler was just drafted by the Wolves with the No. 22 overall pick, but he'll quickly have a new home with the Jazz. It's unclear what Utah plans to do at center, but the rookie may be in the mix for real minutes.

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Player Bio

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