Keita Bates-Diop
Keita Bates-Diop
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Minnesota Timberwolves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Following a productive four-year career at Ohio State, Bates-Diop landed in Minnesota as a second-round selection in June 2018. The 6-foot-7 wing then split his time between the G-League and the Timberwolves, averaging a well-rounded 17.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals across 36.6 minutes over 16 games in the former. Bates-Diop's opportunity was understandably reduced at the NBA level, but he generated a respectable 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds across 16.8 minutes (30 games). The second-year pro then got plenty of run in the Las Vegas Summer League this past July, playing seven games and averaging 23.6 minutes, 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Bates-Diop hasn't been quite as efficient with his shot in any of the professional settings he's operated in thus far when compared to his college days (45.3 percent or better shooting in each Buckeyes season), but he packs solid potential and could certainly work his way into the conversation with respect to the small forward rotation this coming season. Bates-Diop logged at least 20 minutes in 10 games following the All-Star break last season, including three tallies over 30, providing him with plenty of game reps at the NBA level during his first year. If Bates-Diop can build on that experience in the coming season, he could develop into a viable option for scoring and rebounds in deeper fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.56 million contract with the Timberwolves in July of 2018. Contract includes $1.66 million team option for 2020-21.
Will play Tuesday
FMinnesota Timberwolves
October 15, 2019
Bates-Diop (back) has been cleared to play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Pacers.
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Bates-Diop was initially listed as questionable due to back spasms, but he'll get a chance to run the floor Tuesday after getting the green light.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
A second-rounder out of Ohio State, Bates-Diop was one of the most productive players in the country last season, posting averages of 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game en route to Big Ten Player of the Year honors. As a 22-year-old senior, Bates-Diop is among the more NBA-ready players in the class, but he'll enter a difficult situation in Minnesota. It's no secret that coach Tom Thibodeau favors a veteran-heavy rotation, and there won't be a surplus of available minutes in the frontcourt given the presence of Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Tolliver, Gorgui Dieng and Taj Gibson. The most likely scenario is Bates-Diop spending much of the year with the Iowa Wolves of the G League before potentially becoming a back-end rotation player in 2019-20.
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Questionable vs. Pacers
FMinnesota Timberwolves
Back
October 15, 2019
Bates-Diop (back) is questionable for Tuesday's preseason game against Indiana.
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Ruled out Sunday
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Back
October 13, 2019
Bates-Diop is listed as out for Sunday's game against Maccabi Haifa.
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Records double-double in win
FMinnesota Timberwolves
July 7, 2019
Bates-Diop finished with 11 points (3-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals across 25 minutes in Sunday's 90-66 win over the Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League.
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Leads team in scoring
FMinnesota Timberwolves
July 5, 2019
Bates-Diop totaled 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, an assist and a steal across 24 minutes in the Timberwolves' 85-75 win over the Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
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Career night Sunday
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
March 10, 2019
Bates-Diop finished with 18 points (7-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 35 minutes during Sunday's 103-92 victory over the Knicks.
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