Thomas Bryant

Thomas Bryant

24-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Wizards
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bryant came into the 2020-21 NBA season with high expectations after impressive play in the NBA's bubble. But then 10 games into the season the big center tore his ACL and was forced to miss the remainder of the year. In his 10 games, Bryant managed to average 14.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while he hit 64.8 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the three-point arc. The former Indiana star's greatest performance last season was a 21-point, 14-rebound effort in a win over the Nets. For the upcoming season, Bryant is expected to miss the beginning of the season as he continues the rehab process for his knee. When healthy, the center will likely face more competition for playing time as the Wizards acquired Montrezl Harrell over the offseason. Also, center Daniel Gafford showed great potential when he started for the Wizards in the playoffs last season. The Wizards could possibly go through another full season with a three-man rotation at the center position, but that ultimately depends on how well Bryant's play is once he returns to the court. The 24-year-old Bryant is a very risky fantasy selection as he's battled with injuries in each of the last two seasons and could see limited minutes if Gafford or Harrell start the season strong. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Wizards in July of 2019.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Thomas Jermaine Bryant was born in 1997 in Rochester, New York. Bryan split his high school playing days between Bishop Kearney in Irondequoit, NY and Huntington Prep in West Virginia. Bryant started at Bishop Kearney, where he led the team to the 2013 New York Class AA Tournament crown and the New York Federation Tournament of Champions as a sophomore. Before the 2014-15 season, Bryant transferred to Huntington Prep. His strong play at earned him 2015 McDonald's All-American honors. Bryant then decided to attend Indiana University over Syracuse. Fans can follow the big man on Twitter (@nolimittb31). The Rochester, New York native led the 2016-17 Indiana team in rebounds per game with 6.6 and total blocked shots with 52. He was named to third team All-Big Ten for the second straight year. As a freshman in the 2015-16 season, he was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team while starting all 35 games for the Hoosiers. As a freshman, Bryant led the Big Ten and set the school record in field-goal percentage (68.4). The center helped lead Indiana to the 2016 NCAA Tournament regional semifinal against North Carolina. Bryant announced that he would enter the NBA Draft after his sophomore season in 2017. The center was chosen in the second round (42nd overall) by the Jazz.

Sees usage bump
CWashington Wizards
January 23, 2022
Bryant closed with 11 points (4-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals over 22 minutes during Sunday's 116-87 loss to the Celtics.
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Bryant played in his sixth game of the season after recovering from an ACL tear, logging over 20 minutes for the first time. While the blowout nature of the game was an influencing factor, it is still encouraging to see Bryant's activity ramp up. Even once his workload stabilizes, he's unlikely to carve out a fantasy relevant role in Washington.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic conspired to reduce Bryant's 2019-20 season to just 46 games, the emerging big man made good use of his opportunities. The fourth-year pro finished with averages of 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks while putting up 9.1 shot attempts across 24.9 minutes per contest. Each of those numbers represented a career best for Bryant, who now has 89 career starts under his belt and could be ready to take his game to yet another level in the 2020-21 campaign. Bryant's play in the Orlando bubble was especially encouraging, as he posted a trio of double-doubles over eight games on the way to averages of 18.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.4 steals across 31.0 minutes. The big man was particularly aggressive on the offensive end, averaging a robust 4.6 three-point attempts during that stretch and draining them at a 40.5 percent clip. If that type of usage carries over into the new campaign, a Wizards team that's once again likely to get involved in plenty of shootouts due to questionable defense could afford Bryant a chance to up his scoring average for a third consecutive season. The expected return of star point guard John Wall from the Achilles injury that cost him the entire 2019-20 campaign could be a factor, but that remains up for debate -- Wall will reportedly have his minutes monitored and won't be deployed in the second game of back-to-back sets, and he could certainly be an excellent facilitator for Bryant down in the post as well.
Bryant inked a new three-year, $25 million deal with the Wizards in the offseason to remain with Washington. He was effective during his first season in DC, starting in 53 of 72 appearances and playing 20.8 minutes per contest, averaging 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks. The Wizards' frontcourt was hectic last season, with the trio of Bryant, Ian Mahinmi and Bobby Portis splitting minutes at center with Dwight Howard out of action. With Howard and Portis off the team this season, Washington has committed to Bryant as the starter at center. It would be reasonable to expect Bryant's production to grow if he secures more minutes and takes on a larger role. He averaged 18.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 combined blocks/steals per 36 minutes last season, giving him big upside for the upcoming season.
Bryant was an early entry for the 2017 NBA Draft following a two-year collegiate career with Indiana. In his final season with the Hoosiers as a sophomore, Bryant averaged 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks across 28.1 minutes. At 6-foot-11, with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, Bryant has the size that NBA teams covet, but he was fairly raw coming out, which resulted in him falling to the Lakers with the 42nd overall pick. Bryant does, however, have a solid jump shot and can get it done from the perimeter. He shot 55 percent from the field and a respectable 38 percent from deep during his final year at Indiana, which evidences his ability to stretch the floor. Questions about his athleticism, his ability on the defensive end and his abundant turnovers ultimately led to his fall in the draft and he'll need to address those issues before he gets extended run at the next level. The Lakers already have Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac at center, leaving minimal minutes for Bryant. That likely means Bryant will spend plenty of his rookie season developing with the team's G-League affiliate.
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Scores 15 in 16 minutes
CWashington Wizards
January 17, 2022
Bryant logged 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 16 minutes during Monday's 117-98 victory over the 76ers.
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Makes season debut off bench
CWashington Wizards
January 12, 2022
Bryant amassed six points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound and one assist across 11 minutes during Wednesday's 112-106 victory over the Magic.
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Poised to make season debut
CWashington Wizards
January 12, 2022
Bryant (knee) isn't listed on the Wizards' injury report ahead of Wednesday's game against the Magic.
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On track to debut Wednesday
CWashington Wizards
Knee
January 11, 2022
Bryant (knee) is on course to make his 2021-22 debut Wednesday night against the Thunder, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Eyeing return next week
CWashington Wizards
Knee
January 9, 2022
Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said he's hopeful Bryant (knee) will be ready to make his season debut at some point during the upcoming week, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.
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