Frank Kaminsky
Frank Kaminsky
27-Year-Old CenterC
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kaminsky just wrapped up a four-year stint in Charlotte, and after the Hornets elected to not retain the former Wisconsin standout, he signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Suns this offseason. Kaminsky had a tough final year in Charlotte, as he was completely out of the rotation to start the season despite having back-to-back years where he averaged over 11 points per game. As a result, the big man ended up appearing in just 47 games for the Hornets in 2018-19, averaging 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds across 16.1 minutes per game. However, his numbers following the All-Star break, when he was once again consistently in the team's rotation, were very solid, as he averaged 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds across nearly 23 minutes per game. Additionally, Kaminsky did uphold his reputation as a legitimate threat from behind the arc, shooting 36 percent from deep on three attempts per game. In Phoenix, he'll be playing behind likely starting power forward Dario Saric, who boasts a similar offensive skillset to that of Kaminsky's, which could make the 26-year-old a seamless fit off the bench. He will, however, have to compete for minutes with fellow big man Aron Baynes, who the Suns acquired via a trade with the Celtics on draft night. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.77 million contract with the Suns in July of 2019. Contract includes $5.01 million team option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

Kaminsky was born in Lisle, Illinois to parents Frank and Mary in 1993. He has two sisters, three step-sisters and a step-brother. Kaminsky was exposed to basketball early on, as his aunt and uncle worked with the Chicago Bulls in 1998 and he had access to the practice facility at the age of five. Kaminsky later attended Benet Academy, where he was named first-team all-state by the Chicago Sun-Times after leading the Redwings to a 29-1 record his senior season. He went on to attend Wisconsin for four years, graduating with a degree in life science communications. You can follow Kaminsky on Twitter (@FSKPart3) and Instagram (@fskpart3).

College/International Summary

Kaminsky collected the 2015 NCAA All-Tournament and '15 NCAA Tournament All-Region Teams as Wisconsin drove to the NCAA Championship game (losing to Duke) in his senior year. The Lisle, Illinois native helped lead the Badgers to the Big 10 regular-season title and the Big 10 Tournament title, as he was named the 14-15 Big Ten Player of the Year. The center was at the top of the Big Ten in points (732), field goals (267), field-goal percentage (.547), two-point field goals (225), rebounds (320) and defensive rebounds (262). In addition, among Big Ten players in his senior year, the center was second in rebounds (8.2) and third in points (18.8) per game. Kaminsky was chosen in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.

Can play when season resumes
CPhoenix Suns
May 21, 2020
Kaminsky (kneecap) is fully healed and will be able to play once the NBA season resumes, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
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It seemed like Kaminsky was nearly ready to return when the season suspended. With the added time off, he'll be good to go once the league is back in action. Before getting hurt, Kaminsky was in the midst of a solid season, averaging 11.0 points and a career-high 4.9 rebounds across 22.4 minutes per game.
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2018

Kaminsky appeared in 47 games with the Hornets in 2018-19, averaging 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He finished the 2018-19 season strong, averaging 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21 games in March and April. The 25-year-old center tallied 20 or more points four different times, including a season-high 24 points against the Pistons on April 7. He also recorded a double-double on his April 4 birthday last season, finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds in a win over the Toronto Raptors. Playing a constantly-evolving role for the Hornets, Kaminsky averaged 26.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per 100 possessions, a clear indication of how effective he can be when given a heavy workload. While his playing time dipped a bit in his fourth year in the league, he did post a career-best 19.3 points per 36 minutes, which was boosted largely by more volume from distance. A career 34.4 percent shooter from outside, Kaminsky attempted a career-high 6.6 threes per game in 2018, sinking 2.4 per contest. He also showed improvements as a rebounder last year, hauling down 11.7 percent of available rebounds in 2018 , representing another career high. Despite the strong finish, his Hornets finished just shy of the East's final playoff berth with a record of 39-43.

2017

Kaminsky served as Charlotte's sixth-man in his first two seasons at the NBA level and did a good job in that role in 2017-18. The former No. 9 overall selection (2015) has been exceedingly durable over the course of his first three NBA campaigns, missing just 11 games during his first three years in the league. He was healthy once again (79 games) in 2017-18. Kaminsky's points (11.1), rebounds (3.6) and assists (1.6) totals held steady while he displayed a much-improved shooting touch. Kaminsky has always had a nice touch from the outside, but his stroke looked better than ever last season and the numbers backed that up -- he posted career-best marks from the field (42.9 percent), three-point land (38 percent) and free-throw line (79.9 percent). Kaminsky was especially impressive in games in which he was given a larger role. In the four games in which Kaminsky played 30 or more minutes, he averaged 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

2016

Kaminsky missed the first two games of his second NBA season due to a sprained foot suffered in the preseason, but it didn't take long for the seven-footer to return to form. In his first game back Oct. 29, Kaminsky tallied 11 points, four rebounds and three assists over 24 minutes off the bench against Boston. He went on to average 11.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in November, starting the last four games of the month. He gained that role despite dealing with both illness and a minor ankle injury over that span. Kaminsky pressed forward at a similar pace but really started to heat up in February. He started nine of 11 games that month and put up averages of 18.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists. That run saw a new career high of 27 points in a Feb. 15 loss to Toronto. His momentum slowed a bit when Kaminsky suffered an AC joint injury in his shoulder that forced him to miss five games in March. He returned March 13 and averaged 12.2 points over the season's final 16 games. Through 75 games (16 starts), Kaminsky finished third on the team in scoring (15.1 ppg), fifth in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and fourth in three-pointers made (116). The Hornets ultimately missed the postseason, finishing with a record of 36-46.

2015

After a prestigious career at Wisconsin that ended with a Wooden Award and All-American nod, Kaminsky was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) by the Charlotte Hornets. While he had to share time at the center position with the likes of Al Jefferson and Spencer Hawes, Kaminsky still appeared in 81 of a possible 82 games as a rookie. Only Kemba Walker and Marviin Williams matched that games-played total among Charlotte teammates. Kaminsky didn't score in his NBA debut Oct. 28 against Miami, but he chipped in five points two nights later against the Hawks. The best game of his rookie season came Dec. 23 against the Celtics, when Kaminsky scored 23 points (9-20 FG) and collected seven rebounds in a loss to Boston. He finished the regular season with averages of 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. The seven-footer was ahead of his time with respect to outside shooting, as he was fifth on the team with 68 three-pointers made at a success rate of 33.7 percent. The Hornets finished the season with a 48-34 record, locking down the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. They were eliminated by the Heat in a seven-game series, during which Kaminsky averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 2, 2015
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Charlotte Hornets, including team options for 2017-18 and 2018-19 that were both exercised.
  • July 17, 2019
    Signed a two-year deal as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns.
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For the second season in a row, and his third year in the league, Kaminsky was given a sixth-man role with Charlotte. He saw about three fewer minutes per game, resulting in lower counting stats essentially across the board, but was able to become a more efficient player. The Wisconsin product set career-highs in field-goal percentage (42.9), three-point percentage (38.0) and free-throw percentage (79.9). While he only posted 11.1 points, 3.6 boards and 1.6 assists per contest on the year, he was impressive when given extra run, able to average 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the four games that he was given 30-plus minutes. Considering his ability to play both power forward and center given his height and three-point shooting, Kaminsky shouldn't have issues garnering sixth-man run again this season. Assuming that’s the case, he'll likely once again be on the fringes of Fantasy relevance in standard formats.
Kaminsky had a rough rookie season, but he showed some serious progression in 2016-17. His averages of 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game were all significant increases from his rookie year, and he demonstrated tangible improvement as the season went on. In the months of February and March, Kaminsky averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks per game across 22 contests. That was easily the best stretch of his professional career, though it remains to be seen if he can maintain that over the course of a season. Kaminsky's role is a bit of an unknown, as the addition of Dwight Howard brings another minute-eater to the frontcourt. With both Howard and Cody Zeller in the fold, Kaminsky projects as the No. 3 center, which means he'll likely see more time at power forward than he has in the past. That said, even at power forward, he'd be backing up Marvin Williams, so it seems highly unlikely he'll surpass the 26.1 minutes he averaged a season ago. It very well may take an injury to make the Wisconsin product a serious threat in Fantasy leagues, and he'll have to improve his scoring efficiency, regardless.
Kaminsky didn't have a spectacular rookie season, but he was a valuable bench contributor for a 48-win team. The former college star appeared in 81 games, averaging 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 41 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from long distance. Raising that shooting efficiency will be Kaminsky's top priority as he enters Year 2. He ranked fifth among all rookies with 68 made three-pointers last season, but conceivably has room to improve after shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc over his final two years at Wisconsin. Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams are expected to start at center and power forward, respectively, leaving Kaminsky, Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert as the top bench options in the frontcourt. Kaminsky is versatile enough to see time at both positions, though his three-point skills and lack of rim protection may primarily limit him to duties at power forward. Nonetheless, Kaminsky should be headed for a bump in overall playing time, though it's unlikely to be overly substantial, especially with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back as another small-ball option at power forward.
Kaminsky, the Hornets' ninth overall pick, averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 34 minutes per game during 39 games as a senior at Wisconsin. He shot 55 percent from the field, 42 percent from deep, and 78 percent from the charity stripe. During five summer league games, Kaminsky contributed 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.0 block in 33 minutes per game, shooting 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from distance. The former Badger forward will have plenty of veterans to battle for minutes, and it's unclear how he will fare defending NBA fours, but the Hornets turned down several first-round picks in favor of drafting Kaminsky.
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Healed from fractured kneecap
CPhoenix Suns
Kneecap
April 16, 2020
Kaminsky (kneecap) is "through the healing process" of his injury, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Timeline still unclear
CPhoenix Suns
Kneecap
March 11, 2020
Kaminsky (kneecap) is scheduled to receive a follow-up consultation this week and is still viewed as out indefinitely, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
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Not close to return
CPhoenix Suns
Kneecap
February 23, 2020
Kaminsky (kneecap) will be re-evaluated in three weeks before the Suns pinpoint a target date for his return, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Out with stress fracture
CPhoenix Suns
Knee
January 4, 2020
The Suns announced Saturday that Kaminsky is dealing with a right patella stress fracture and will remain out indefinitely.
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Officially out
CPhoenix Suns
Knee
January 3, 2020
Kaminsky (knee) won't play Friday against the Knicks.
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