Keita Bates-Diop
Keita Bates-Diop
25-Year-Old ForwardF
San Antonio Spurs  NBA  Two-Way
San Antonio Spurs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year contract with the Spurs in September of 2021.
Personal Bio

Keita Bates-Diop was born in Bloomington, Illinois in 1996. Bates-Diop's father, Richard, played collegiate basketball at Creighton in the early '80s. The younger Bates-Diop attended University High School in Normal, Illinois, where he blossomed into a superstar in his final two years. As a junior at University High, Bates-Diop averaged 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while shooting 52 percent from the field to lead his team to a 22-6 record and Corn Belt Conference championship, its second in a row. The Pioneers won a third consecutive Corn Belt Conference Championship with Bates-Diop leading them to a 22-5 record. For his efforts, Bates-Diop was a three-time First Team All-State (Class 3A) selection by the Associated Press. Bates-Diop moved on to collegiate ball at Ohio State University, where he spent the next four seasons. You can follow Bates-Diop on Twitter @KBD_33.

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Bates-Diop was named as the 2017-18 Big Ten Player of the Year after his senior year at Ohio St. The Normal, Illinois native was also named to the All-Big Ten honorable mention list after his sophomore season in 2016-17. In the 2017-18 season, he led the Big Ten in total field goals (247) while leading Ohio State in points (19.8), blocks (1.6) and rebounds (8.7) per game. Bates-Diop opted to enter the 2018 NBA Draft after his redshirt junior season. He was chosen in the second round of the draft (48th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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FSan Antonio Spurs
September 7, 2021
Bates-Diop re-signed Tuesday with the Spurs on a two-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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After playing the 2020-21 campaign under of the Spurs' two two-way slots, Bates-Diop will be bumped up to the 15-man roster heading into 2021-22. At 6-foot-8 and 229 pounds, Bates-Diop brings could size to both forward spots, but he's still unlikely to find himself in coach Gregg Popovich's regular rotation during the upcoming campaign when the Spurs are at or near full strength.
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2020

In his first season with the Spurs, Bates-Diop played in 30 games, averaging 8.2 minutes per contest. The Ohio State product finished with per-game averages of 2.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.4 steals. On a per-36 minutes basis, those numbers translated to 11.6 points, 7.2 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals. The forward made 44.8 percent of his field-goal attempts and 66.7 percent of his free-throw tries. Over his final two contests, he averaged 20.5 minutes, 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. On Feb. 24, he scored a season-high nine points against Oklahoma City. In that contest, he also registered a career-best four steals. Bates-Diop tied his season high by scoring nine points in only 12 minutes versus Phoenix on May 16.

2019

Bates-Diop opened his sophomore season with the Timberwolves, appearing off the bench 37 times before being moved to Denver in a four-team deal that occurred Feb. 5. He went on to appear in seven more games for the Nuggets to close out the 2019-20 regular season, with five of those coming during seeding play in the Orlando bubble. He also spent four games in the G League, seeing extensive playing time and posting composite averages of 18.0 points and 6.3 rebounds while averaging 3.0 made threes per game. Back at the NBA level, the Ohio State product posted double-digit scoring efforts on 14 occasions. His best game of the year came Nov. 23 with the Wolves, when Bates-Diop saw a season-high 37:06 of court time and responded with 22 points, a new career high. Four days later, Nov. 27 versus the Spurs, he posted his second-highest-scoring game of the year, a 16-point effort in which he made a career-high four three-pointers on six attempts. With the Nuggets, his biggest output came on the season's final day, when he turned 24:21 of court time into 11 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Bates-Diop went on to appear five times during the Nuggets' 19-game postseason run to the Western Conference Finals.

2018

Bates-Diop joined the Timberwolves after they selected him with the 48th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Ohio State product started three times in his 30 appearances, which were largely concentrated toward the end of the season. All told, Bates-Diop averaged 16.8 minutes, delivering 5.0 points, 2.8 rebounds 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. On Mar. 10, Bates-Diop started and scored a career-high 18 points to help defeat the Knicks by a 103-92 score. Two days later, he dished out a season-high four assists against the Nuggets. His biggest minutes came in an overtime victory over the Wizards on Mar. 9, when he played 36:30, recording 12 points, five rebounds and a steal. The rookie also spent time with the Iowa Wolves of the G-League, where he started 16 games while averaging 17.7 points and 8.8 rebounds.

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A 2018 second-round pick the Timberwolves divested themselves of after just one season and change, Bates-Diop landed with the Nuggets via trade in early February. The 24-year-old wing saw action in just 12 games with Denver and averaged a modest 10.2 minutes per contest, but he got more valuable reps while still with Minnesota and finished with averages of 6.5 points and 2.9 rebounds across 16.8 minutes over 44 total games. Bates-Diop then signed a two-way deal with the Spurs on Nov. 22, so he'll likely open the coming season in the G-League. The 6-foot-8 Ohio State product is capable of playing either forward spot, but San Antonio should open the season with a relatively deep chart at both the three and four. When Bates-Diop does eventually see time with the big club, he's destined for a rotational role that would likely give him fantasy relevance only in fairly deep formats.
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.
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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Becomes restricted free agent
FSan Antonio Spurs
July 31, 2021
Bates-Diop was extended a qualifying offer by the Spurs on Friday, making him a restricted free agent, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Doesn't play Wednesday
FSan Antonio Spurs
April 28, 2021
Bates-Diop (coach's decision) didn't appear in Wednesday's loss to Miami.
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Outside of rotation
FSan Antonio Spurs
April 15, 2021
Bates-Diop has played five minutes in total over the Spurs' three games since he was cleared to return from a 15-game absence due to a hamstring injury.
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Available Sunday
FSan Antonio Spurs
April 11, 2021
Bates-Diop (hamstring) is available for Sunday's game at Dallas.
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Questionable vs. Mavs
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Hamstring
April 10, 2021
Bates-Diop (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Mavericks, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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