Darius Bazley
Darius Bazley
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Oklahoma City Thunder
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Bazley saw instant opportunity after being selected by the Thunder with the 23rd overall selection in June 2019. The rookie forward ultimately played 61 regular-season games (nine starts) during the shortened campaign, producing 5.6 points and 4.0 rebounds across 18.5 minutes, numbers followed up by averages 6.6 points and 6.7 rebounds across 18.0 minutes in a seven-game quarterfinal-round series versus the Rockets. Just 20 years of age after entering the league straight out of high school, Bazley naturally has an abundance of room for development, and the rebuilding Thunder figure to give him all the minutes he can handle in order to achieve that objective. At 6-foot-8, Bazley will likely continue filling out his frame for several years, which should allow him to improve his work on the glass. The Princeton High School (OH) alum also has some floor spacer in him, having netted 34.8 percent of his 2.3 three-point attempts per game as a rookie. Having gained valuable experience last season, Bazley could conceivably take a significant step forward this coming season with the Thunder having divested itself of high-usage veterans such as Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.68 million contract with the Thunder in July of 2019. Thunder exercised $2.51 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Darius Denayr Bazley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in June of 2000. Bazley started his high school hoops career at Finneytown High School in Springfield Township, Ohio. After a transfer, he eventually starred for Cincinnati's Princeton High School basketball club, earning Ohio Division 1 All-State First Team and All-Ohio USA Today First Team honors as a senior. Bazley enjoys listening to Earth, Wind and Fire. His favorite movie is "Green Book", and he is a big fan of the Houston Texans. Bazely enjoys watching HGTV and considers interior decorating his hidden talent. Follow him on Instagram (@dariusbazley).

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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 with an endorsement deal. As an 18-year-old at 6-foot-8 with a seven-foot wingspan, Bazley boasts the frame of a prototypical versatile forward for today's NBA. He also averaged 15.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks during his senior season at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. That intriguing combination of size and high-school production led the Thunder, via a trade with the Jazz, to select Bazley with the 23rd overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Coming off bench Sunday
FOklahoma City Thunder
May 16, 2021
Bazley isn't starting Sunday's game against the Clippers, Brandon Rahbar of DailyThunder.com reports.
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Bazley had started in each of his 55 appearances this year. Josh Hall will make his first career start in the final game of the regular season.
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Bazley was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-8 forward made his league debut with the Thunder during the opening game of the season, Oct. 23 against the Jazz, recording three rebounds and one block in 19 minutes. The following game, the 19-year-old scored his first NBA bucket, posting five points, two rebounds and one steal against the Wizards in 15 minutes. The rookie had his first double-digit scoring performance Nov. 11 in an 11-point win over the Pelicans, recording 17 points, five rebounds and one block in 19 minutes. In a four-point win over the Grizzlies on Dec. 18, Bazley swatted a career-high four blocks in addition to four points and two boards in 11 minutes. The forward recorded a career-high two steals twice, Nov. 5 in a win over the Magic and Dec. 22 in a win over the Clippers. Bazley set a career-high 13 rebounds during a 13-point win over the Trail Blazers on Jan. 18, also recording nine points, one rebound and one block in 31 minutes. During the NBA bubble, on Aug. 9 in an 18-point victory over the Wizards, Bazley posted a career-high 23 points in addition to seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes. Just one day later, Aug. 10 against the Suns, Bazley secured the first double-double of his career, recording 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes. Two days later, in a one-point win over the Heat, the rookie dished out a career-high four assists in addition to 21 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 27 minutes. During seeding play, he averaged 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 combined blocks-plus-steals in 27.5 minutes. The rookie appeared in all seven playoff games against the Rockets, averaging 6.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 18.0 minutes.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft and signed his rookie contract shortly thereafter.
  • July 6, 2019
    Traded by the Utah Jazz with Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and a 2020 1st round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Conley.
  • July 7, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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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.
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Goes 1-of-13 in loss
FOklahoma City Thunder
May 15, 2021
Bazley had just two points on 1-of-13 shooting (0-4 3Pt), to go with four rebounds, two assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Jazz.
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Scores 18 points again
FOklahoma City Thunder
May 12, 2021
Bazley mustered 18 points (3-13 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 10-12 FT), five rebounds and five assists across 35 minutes in Tuesday's loss at Sacramento.
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Scores team-high 18 points
FOklahoma City Thunder
May 10, 2021
Bazley accumulated 18 points (6-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes during Sunday's 126-98 loss to the Kings.
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Another inefficient performance
FOklahoma City Thunder
May 9, 2021
Bazley mustered 11 points (4-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-5 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a steal across 28 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.
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Continues as core offensive option
FOklahoma City Thunder
May 7, 2021
Bazley turned in 22 points (7-19 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, two assists and a steal across 29 minutes in Thursday's 118-97 loss to the Warriors.
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