The 23-year-old was part of July 6’s blockbuster trade that sent superstar center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves. A former second-round pick out of Kentucky, Vanderbilt enjoyed a career-best season in 2021-22, setting per-game highs in minutes (25.4), points (6.9), rebounds (8.4), assists (1.3), and steals (1.3), while serving as a key cog in Minnesota’s much-improved defense.
However, with the Jazz seemingly a Donovan Mitchell trade away from embracing a full-on rebuild, Utah may look to ship out Vanderbilt and his defensive abilities to accumulate more draft ammunition. Should Vanderbilt be dealt and find himself in a situation where he’s a starter, he could provide solid late-round value in fantasy leagues thanks to his ability to rack up the stats defensively.
FanDuel Sportsbook currently has Mitchell at +12000 odds to win the 2022-23 Regular Season MVP award.
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