Keita Bates-Diop
Keita Bates-Diop
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Minnesota Timberwolves
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. 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.
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.
ANALYSIS
Bates-Diop played a team-high 35 minutes Sunday, putting up career-high numbers in basically every category. The Timberwolves were without three of their starters which meant enlarged roles for a number of fringe guys. Bates-Diop has put together back-to-back games of at least 12 points and has perhaps played himself into a slightly larger role, even when the starters return to action. He is not worth picking up yet but owners in deep formats should keep an eye on the injury report moving forward.
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Scores 12 points in first start
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
March 9, 2019
Bates-Diop contributed 12 points (5-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Saturday's 135-130 overtime win against the Wizards.
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Starting Saturday
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
March 9, 2019
Bates-Diop will start Saturday's contest against the Wizards.
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Plays 26 minutes in loss Sunday
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
March 4, 2019
Bates-Diop compiled eight points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, and one block in 26 minutes during Sunday's 135-121 loss to the Wizards.
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Recalled from Iowa
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
January 10, 2019
Bates-Diop was recalled from the G League's Iowa Wolves on Thursday.
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Assigned to G League
FIowa Wolves   G League (Timberwolves)
January 4, 2019
Bates-Diop has been assigned to the G League.
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