Dwayne Bacon

Dwayne Bacon

26-Year-Old ForwardF
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
After three unimpressive years in Charlotte, Bacon signed with the Magic last season and had the best season of his career. The Florida State product averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.7 minutes per game. All of those totals were new career highs for the four-year-pro as he started 50 out of 72 games with the team. However, It was not all pretty for Bacon, as shot just 28.5 percent from beyond the arc. This season, the 26-year-old finds himself on a new team, as he signed with the Knicks in the offseason. New York has a much deeper roster with the likes of Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Alec Burks and Immanuel Quickley all ahead of him in the rotation, but Bacon could still see some opportunity to provide for the Knicks. However, it is hard to trust Bacon in fantasy formats due to his uncertain spot in the rotation and his shaky three-point shooting. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.79 million contract with the Knicks in August of 2021. Waived by the Knicks in October of 2021.
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Dwayne Lee Bacon Jr. was born in 1995 in Lakeland, Florida to Dwayne Bacon Sr. and Kennie Crawford. He played his first two high school seasons at hometown McKeel Academy of Technology and averaged 21 points, seven assists, and three steals as a sophomore. Bacon moved to the IMG Academy for his junior year and led the team in scoring with 19.3 points per game. He transferred for his senior season to the Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and starred on a club that went 45-0 by averaging 24.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.2 steals. Thanks to his efforts, Bacon was named a McDonald's All-American, Jordan Brand Classic All-Star and a Parade All-American first team member. He also won the Slam Dunk Contest at the McDonald's All-American Games. You can follow Bacon on Twitter (@BaconDwayne1000) and Instagram (@dbacon). Under coach Leonard Hamilton, Florida State has been known for its defense. Bacon brought some offense to the Seminoles in his two seasons. He opened his collegiate career by putting up a combined 50 points in a pair of wins. He would score at least 20 points in 12 games, but the Seminoles suffered a five-game losing streak in February in the tough ACC that took them out of NCAA Tournament contention. Bacon averaged 15.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. After the season, he decided to test his draft stock before returning to the Seminoles for a second season. He should not have regretted the decision because he was impressive as a sophomore. The 6-foot-7 guard was more consistent and provided 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. He even got a taste of the Big Dance. The Seminoles beat Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the NCAA Tournament behind 25 points and nine boards from Bacon. He concluded his two-year career with 20 points in the loss to Xavier in the Round of 32. Bacon declared for the 2017 draft and signed with an agent soon after his declaration to cement the decision. He was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 40th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and was later traded to the Charlotte Hornets on draft night.

Let go by Knicks
FFree Agent
October 14, 2021
Bacon was waived by the Knicks on Thursday, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
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Bacon has struggled to find a stable NBA role on a competitive team, and that doesn't change with this transaction. He's coming off a career year where he averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists, but he was relatively inefficient. The 26-year-old is likely running out of chances to prove himself.
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Bacon appeared in just 43 games for Charlotte last season, averaging 17.7 minutes per tilt while he split time with the Hornets' G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm. The Florida State product provided excellent shooting in limited action, producing career highs in field goal percentage (47.5) and three-point percentage (43.7). He closed the season on a high note with solid play as a starter over the final 12 games. In those games, he averaged 12.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 threes on 46.8 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent shooting from three. With Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb gone, Bacon could be in line for production and minutes similar to his end-of-season averages, which would make him a fantasy-relevant pickup in 2019-20 in deeper formats. He will compete for playing time with Malik Monk, Terry Rozier, Nicolas Batum and Devonte' Graham, but the rotation on this rebuilding Hornets team does not yet have clarity.
Bacon is a 6-foot-7, 22-year-old from Florida State who averaged 26.5 points per game with the Greensboro Swarm last season (Hornets G League affiliate). When given the opportunity, Bacon has the ability to score, illustrated with an 18-point outing against the Spurs last season. He also has good court vision and can feed the ball to seemingly anyone at any given time, while showing off a soft touch inside the arc. He'll likely have a bench spot with the Hornets this season considering Bacon did receive 13.5 minutes with the Hornets over 53 games last year, so the team isn't afraid to use him as long as he keeps developing.
The Oak Hill Academy product had quite the career at Florida State, as he averaged 16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steal in his two collegiate seasons. While he slipped to the second-round, Bacon is an excellent scorer, and he'll work to carve out a minor bench role as a rookie. With Nic Batum, Jeremy Lamb and Malik Monk ahead of him, however, Bacon's rookie season will likely be a developmental year, first and foremost.
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Agrees to deal with Knicks
FNew York Knicks
August 9, 2021
Bacon and the Knicks agreed to terms on a contract Monday, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
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Time in Orlando over
FFree Agent
August 8, 2021
The Magic waived Bacon on Sunday.
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Struggles from field in loss
FOrlando Magic
May 13, 2021
Bacon managed five points (2-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes during Thursday's 116-93 loss to the Hawks.
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Cools off in Tuesday's loss
FOrlando Magic
May 11, 2021
Bacon managed just five points (2-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-4 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 114-102 loss to Milwaukee.
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Scores 18 points in 23 minutes
FOrlando Magic
May 9, 2021
Bacon registered 18 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists and a steal across 23 minutes in Sunday's 128-96 loss to the Timberwolves.
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