Luka Samanic

Luka Samanic

22-Year-Old ForwardF
Maine Celtics  G League  
Maine Celtics
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Luka Samanic in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $1.84 million contract with the Celtics in September of 2022. Waived by the Celtics in October of 2022.
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Luka Samanic was born in Zagreb, Croatia. His father, Marko, had a 19-year career in professional basketball, including a stint with Krka of the EuroLeague. Luka's early interests included soccer, handball and tennis. He did not begin playing basketball until he was 11 years old. Samanic started his basketball career with a local club at the youth level. He was named MVP of the Croatian cadet championship in 2016 and attended the Adidas EuroCamp soon thereafter. At the age of 16, Samanic signed a two-year amateur contract with Spanish club FC Barcelona, initially playing with its junior team. He earned the Rising Star award at the 2016-17 Adidas Next Generation Tournament. The following season, he took on a larger role with Barcelona's junior team and earned All-Tournament honors at the 2017-18 Adidas Next Generation Tournament. Later that year, he began his professional career with Barcelona's senior reserve team. Learn more about Samanic by following him on Twitter (@SamanicLuka) and on Instagram (@lukasamanic9). After taking up basketball at the age of 11 and playing with various international junior teams, Samanic started his pro career in 2017-18 with Barcelona's reserve team. Samanic only logged four minutes in his debut, but he started gaining notice by scoring 10 points over 20 minutes in his second game -- the first of several double-digit efforts. He finished the year with averages of 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds across 12.7 minutes. Samanic played one more season with Petrol Olimpija in 2018-19 before declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. Even with a deep pool of international talent, he was selected in the first round with the 19th overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs.

Scores team-high 35 points
FMaine Celtics   G League (Celtics)
November 30, 2022
Samanic tallied 35 points (14-24 FG, 4-8 3PT, 2-4 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 31 minutes Tuesday against Delaware.
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Samanic did all he possibly could to will his team to victory, but Maine fell by a score of 123-125. The 22-year-old has been on a tear through his first 10 games of the 2022-23 season, averaging 21.7 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in 29.8 minutes.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 19-year-old out of Croatia was selected by the Spurs with the 19th overall pick in the 2019 Draft. At 6-foot-10 and 215 pounds with some shooting touch, Samanic projects as a stretch four at the NBA level. In 50 games and 23 starts last season for Union Olimpija, he averaged 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18.4 minutes. Samanic better demonstrated his skillset during the U18 Euro Championship A in 2018, where he posted 17.0 points (48.1 FG%, 47.4 3P%, 68.0 FT%), 7.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 assists in just over 26 minutes per game across six appearances. Coach Gregg Popovich has plenty of other options at forward in 2019-20, so it's unlikely Samanic will be a regular part of the rotation, and there's a strong chance he'll spend time in the G League.
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Back on double-double train
FMaine Celtics   G League (Celtics)
November 23, 2022
Samanic registered 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes Sunday against Delaware.
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Leads team in scoring
FMaine Celtics   G League (Celtics)
November 19, 2022
Samanic scored 18 points (7-17 FG, 4-10 3PT, 0-1 FT) and added nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes Friday against Capital City.
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Posts 24-16-3 in win
FMaine Celtics   G League (Celtics)
November 18, 2022
Samanic delivered 24 points (10-20 FG, 4-9 3Pt), 16 boards and three assists in Thursday's 105-103 home win over the Go-Go.
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Paces scoring attack
FMaine Celtics   G League (Celtics)
November 13, 2022
Samanic finished Sunday's game against Long Island with 30 points (12-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.
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Posts 20-and-10 in win
FMaine Celtics   G League (Celtics)
November 7, 2022
Samanic delivered 20 points (9-16 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 boards, two dimes and three blocked shots in Sunday's 121-114 win over Westchester.
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