Darius Bazley
Darius Bazley
19-Year-Old ForwardF
Oklahoma City Thunder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bazley's journey to the NBA was an unconventional one. He originally committed to play at Syracuse as a five-star recruit out of high school before electing to bypass college and play in the G League. He then elected to bypass the G League and interned at New Balance to go along with his endorsement deal. Even though he spent a year away from competitive basketball, Bazley's physical tools are enough for him to remain an intriguing prospect. At 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot wingspan, Bazley boasts the frame of a prototypical versatile forward in today's NBA, but he has a long way to go as a fairly raw prospect. Given the number of versatile athletes Oklahoma City already has on its roster, it may be a year or two before Bazley becomes a reliable contributor at the next level. He was also underwhelming at summer league, averaging 4.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks across 21.7 minutes in four appearances. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.68 million contract with the Thunder in July of 2019.
Fares well in scrimmage
FOklahoma City Thunder
October 7, 2019
Bazley appeared comfortable in Sunday's open scrimmage, The Oklahoman reports. "I think the way I play fits into what we're doing really well," Bazley said. "(The coaches) trust me, and they allow me to get the ball off the break and start it -- if someone's ahead obviously kick it, and if not, push and being able to either create for others or for myself."
The first-round pick, who skipped college and instead interned at New Balance last year while training for the draft, finished with eight points and seven rebounds in Sunday's three-period scrimmage. He's still a work in progress, but Bazley drew praise from teammates, as well as head coach Billy Donovan. "He's learning and getting better, but he's got a good pace and tempo," Donovan said. "I think he's got a good feel and understanding of the game, and when he makes mistakes, he recognizes them right away. I think the more that he gets in these situations, the more he's going to grow." Added second-year point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: "He is just growing every day," Gilgeous-Alexander said.. "He has a lot of talent; I don't know if you all know that. It's just his work ethic and how hard he plays. Obviously at his size and for his position he can rebound really well and things like that. I think for him it is just, keep working and he will be just fine."
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Puts up 11 points
FOklahoma City Thunder
July 12, 2019
Bazley supplied 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot across 27 minutes during Friday's 69-68 win over Croatia in the consolation bracket of the Las Vegas Summer League.
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Scoreless in SL debut
FOklahoma City Thunder
July 8, 2019
Bazley was held scoreless (0-2 FG) over 17 minutes in the Thunder's 84-81 overtime win over the 76ers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday. He also recorded three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block.
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Taken by Thunder with 23rd pick
FOklahoma City Thunder
June 20, 2019
Bazley was selected by the Thunder with the 23rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
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