Darius Bazley
Darius Bazley
20-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.
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.

Paces team in scoring
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 27, 2021
Bazley recorded 22 points (8-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and a block across 32 minutes Saturday in the Thunder's 126-96 loss to the Nuggets.
ANALYSIS
Though the Thunder were on the wrong end of a blowout, Bazley turned in his second strong shooting night in a row after having previously converted only 29 percent of his field-goal attempts over a four-game stretch. While Bazley took advantage of Al Horford's absence Friday against the Hawks to deliver a 18-point, 12-rebound line, the second-year forward kept the momentum going while Horford returned to the lineup Saturday for the second half of the back-to-back set. Consistency is still a concern for Bazley, but his excellent weekend should restore the faith of fantasy managers who may have contemplated dropping him from their rosters.
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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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Double-doubles in win
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 26, 2021
Bazley scored 18 points (8-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-4 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Friday's win over the Hawks.
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Goes scoreless, grabs 10 boards
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 25, 2021
Bazley posted zero points (0-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt) and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 102-99 win over the Spurs.
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Three boards shy of double-double
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 18, 2021
Bazley notched 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt), seven rebounds and two assists across 32 minutes during Wednesday's loss at Memphis.
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Scores 18 in victory
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 14, 2021
Bazley collected 18 points (8-13 FG, 2-7 3Pt), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 32 minutes Sunday in the Thunder's 114-109 victory over the Bucks.
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Modest production Friday
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 12, 2021
Bazley recorded seven points (2-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one block over 29 minutes in Friday's 97-95 loss to the Nuggets.
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