Thomas Bryant
Thomas Bryant
24-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Wizards
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 12/1/2021
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

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).

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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.

Progresses to explosive workouts
CWashington Wizards
Knee
August 19, 2021
Bryant (knee) has progressed to athletic and explosive workouts, freelance NBA reporter Quinton Mayo reports. He's expected to be out until at least December.
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Bryant is still slated to miss the start of the 2021-22 season, but he's clearly not too far away from getting back into close-to-full-speed basketball. The video of Bryant's progress shows him making quick lateral bounds and jumping after catching a medicine ball. Montrezl Harrell and Daniel Gafford should see most, if not all, of the center minutes to start the season. However, once Bryant is cleared to play, the rotation will get more complicated.
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2020

In Bryant's fourth season in the league, the center showcased his potential as an efficient offensive scoring threat. Bryant saw a starting role with the team for the 10 games he played in and saw an average of 27.2 minutes. The 23-year-old finished the season with averages of 14.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 steals. Bryant shot the ball efficiently, as he made a career-best 64.8 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the three-point arc. The center also made 66.7 percent from the charity stripe. The former Indiana Hoosier's best game of the year came in a win against the Nets on Jan. 3, as he recorded 21 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes. Bryant established his defensive presence this season, as he logged eight blocks in 10 games. He even notched an impressive two-way performance versus the Bulls on Dec. 31, posting three blocks and a steal in a game where he also logged a season-high 28 points. Bryant dominated the glass while on the court and managed 1.8 offensive rebounds per game. Even though Bryant's season got cut short because of an injury, the center was able to finish second on the team in rebounds (6.1) and third in points (14.3).

2019

Bryant appeared in 46 out of 72 games for the Wizards during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season and had 36 starts. The 22-year-old set new per-game career highs in points (13.2), rebounds (7.2), assists (1.8), threes (0.8) and steals (0.5). Bryant shot 58.1 percent from the field, a career-high 40.7 percent from three and 74.1 percent from the free-throw line. He set new single-game career highs of six assists, four steals and four blocks. On Nov. 27, Bryant delivered 23 points (9-11 FG), nine rebounds and five assists in a win at Phoenix. Bryant played particularly well during the Orlando seeding games. He started all eight games for the Wizards and averaged 18.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.9 made three-pointers and 1.4 steals per bubble contest. On Aug. 2, he had arguably his best game of the season with 30 points, 13 boards, three dimes and two blocks in a loss to the Nets. He finished the season on Aug. 13 leading the Wizards to victory over the Celtics with 26 points (10-15 FG), nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Bryant missed all of December and six games in January due to a foot injury.

2018

Bryant played in 72 games and made 53 starts during his first season with the Washington Wizards. He finished the season by starting the final 10 games. Bryant averaged 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. On Dec. 22 he scored a career-high 31 points in a triple-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns. In the game Bryant went a perfect 14-for-14 from the floor. That performance is tied for the fourth-most field goals made without a miss in a game in NBA history. Only Wilt Chamberlain has converted more field goals without a miss in an NBA game. On March 27 Bryant collected a career-high 19 rebounds, again against the Suns, as part of a 124-121 win. Over the course of the season, he led the Wizards in total rebounds (454) and blocks (67). Bryant finished the year with the fourth-highest field-goal percentage in the league (.616) and the highest two-point field-goal percentage (.685).

2017

After two seasons at the University of Indiana, Bryant declared himself eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft. He was selected in the second round (42nd overall) by the Utah Jazz. He was then subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Josh Hart (pick No. 30) in exchange for Tony Bradley (pick No. 27). The rookie appeared in 15 games for Los Angeles and 27 contests for the G League South Bay Lakers. With L.A., Bryant averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds over 4.8 minutes per game. Bryant made his NBA debut on Dec. 23 during a four minute appearance in a home loss to the Trail Blazers. With South Bay, Bryant posted 19.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks per G League contest. On Dec. 15, the 6-foot-10 big man tallied 32 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for South Bay in a loss to Westchester. Bryant's best NBA game came on Apr. 11. He delivered six points, six rebounds, two blocks and one assist in a 115-100 win over the Clippers. The Los Angeles Lakers finished 35-47 and did not qualify for the playoffs.

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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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To miss start of season
CWashington Wizards
Knee
July 30, 2021
Bryant (knee) will be out for the start of the 2021-22 campaign, Fred Katz and Shams Charania of The Athletic report.
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Getting surgery Tuesday
CWashington Wizards
Knee
February 2, 2021
Bryant is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday in New York to repair the torn ACL in his left knee, freelance NBA reporter Quinton Mayo reports.
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Done for the year with torn ACL
CWashington Wizards
Knee
January 10, 2021
Bryant is out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL to his left knee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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X-rays, MRI on tap
CWashington Wizards
Knee
January 9, 2021
Bryant will undergo X-rays and an MRI after exiting Saturday's game against the Heat with a left knee injury, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Helped to locker room
CWashington Wizards
Leg
January 9, 2021
Bryant was helped to the locker room after suffering a left knee injury during Saturday's game against the Heat, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
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