Daniel Gafford

23-Year-Old CenterC
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It was not a pretty start to the 2020-21 campaign for Gafford, as he barely saw the floor in the first half of the season with Chicago. The 6-foot-10 big played just 12.4 minutes per game while scoring only 4.7 points in 31 games. However, Gafford still managed 1.1 blocks per game despite the limited action. The Arkansas' product's season immediately changed after he was dealt to Washington at the trade deadline. Gafford quickly carved out a role with the Wizards, as he averaged 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 17.7 minutes per game. However, his best moments came in the play-in-games and Playoffs, where he posted 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game. In the postseason, he recorded a block in each game, while rejecting five shots in two separate games. While Gafford enters the new year on a high note, it will be far from a cake walk to the starting center job in 2021-22. The Wizards acquired big-man Montrezl Harrell in the offseason wand still have another talented young big in Thomas Bryant, who's still working back from a torn ACL. While Gafford will face stiff competition for minutes, with Bryant on the shelf to begin the season and the rest of the rotation yet to be established, Gafford should have an opportunity to compete for the starting center job. For fantasy managers, the hope is Gafford sees enough minutes to creep closer to 2.0 blocks per game. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $40.2 million contract extension with the Wizards in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Daniel Gafford was born in El Dorado, Arkansas in 1998 to Wayne Gafford and Teresa Frazier. He starred at El Dorado High School as a senior with averages of 17.4 points, 16.0 rebounds and 7.7 blocks. The big man also led his club that season to a 28-5 record and a spot in the 6A State Final. Gafford committed to the University of Arkansas and was ranked as the No. 11 power forward in the country heading into college. He briefly played football in high school but focused solely on basketball by 10th grade. You can follow Gafford on Instagram (@big.dandan). When Gafford joined the Razorbacks in 2017-18, the team had a trio of well-established guards but he needed some frontcourt power. The 6-foot-11 forward came off the bench for the first eight games. When coach Mike Anderson put him in the starting lineup against Minnesota, the freshman responded. He went 8-for-8 from the field on his way to 16 points while adding seven rebounds and six blocks in the win. Gafford had three double-doubles and helped the Razorbacks into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. He provided seven points, five rebounds and three blocks in the first-round loss to Butler. Gafford decided to return to Arkansas for his sophomore season and improved his scoring average from 11.8 points to 16.9 points per game. He also led the Razorbacks with 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. He had 10 double-doubles, including 29 points and 16 rebounds in the regular-season finale win over Alabama. Following an SEC Tournament loss to Florida, the sophomore forward did not play in the NIT in order to prepare for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Scores 12 points in 12 minutes
CWashington Wizards
January 26, 2022
Gafford provided 12 points (4-7 FG, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 12 minutes during Tuesday's 116-115 loss to the Clippers.
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Gafford continues to operate as the starter, but he has failed to play more than 12 minutes in six straight games. The center's 12 points Tuesday marked his first time in double figures since Jan. 9. Despite coming off the bench, Montrezl Harrell continues to play more minutes and out produce the aforementioned starter. Gafford will look to build off his solid performance and chip away at Harrell's stronghold on the center position during Washington's upcoming three-game road trip.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
Gafford unsurprisingly filled a modest role during his rookie 2019-20 campaign, averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks across 14.2 minutes over 43 games while working behind Wendell Carter at the five. Carter's injury-prone ways did extend into the 2018 seventh overall pick's sophomore campaign, but fellow big Cristiano Felicio vultured some of the opportunities the former's absence afforded and Gafford also dealt with a thumb issue of his own. The Arkansas product did make significant strides in his second and final college season as a scorer and rebounder, and he impressively averaged at least two blocks per contest in his pair of campaigns with the Razorbacks. However, he figures to once again have relatively modest opportunities to display his wares at the NBA level in the coming season unless a significant injury sidelines Carter for extended time.
A sophomore out of Arkansas, Gafford landed on the Bulls with the 38th overall pick in the 2019 Draft. Last season, the 6-foot-11, 233-pound center was voted onto the First Team All-SEC (Coaches) and SEC All-Defensive Team. He started all 32 of his appearances, averaging 16.9 points on 66.0 percent shooting, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. In five summer league appearances, Gafford kept up those numbers, averaging 13.8 points on 68.3 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks across 24.9 minutes. After Wendell Carter Jr., the Bulls' No. 2 center spot seems to be up for grabs, with Gafford competing against Luke Kornet and Cristiano Felicio. There's a strong chance Gafford will be able to secure the reserve center role, and he could have fantasy relevance in deep leagues as a result. That said, it's unlikely he contributes outside of field-goal percentage, rebounding and shot-blocking.
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In foul trouble vs. Embiid
CWashington Wizards
January 17, 2022
Gafford finished Monday's 117-98 victory over the 76ers with five points (2-2 FG, 1-2 FT) and one block over eight minutes.
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Role continues to diminish
CWashington Wizards
January 16, 2022
Gafford produced two points (0-4 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 11 minutes during Saturday's 115-110 loss to Portland.
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Plays 16 minutes with Bryant back
CWashington Wizards
January 13, 2022
Gafford supplied eight points (4-4 FG), three rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 16 minutes during Wednesday's 112-106 victory over Orlando.
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Three blocks in win over Magic
CWashington Wizards
January 9, 2022
Gafford finished with 12 points (6-7 FG), five rebounds, one assist and three blocks across 27 minutes during Sunday's 102-100 victory over Orlando.
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Sniffs double-double
CWashington Wizards
January 2, 2022
Gafford had 19 points (9-10 FG, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds and two blocks across 20 minutes during Saturday's 120-119 loss to the Bulls.
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