Daniel Gafford
22-Year-Old CenterC
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $6.13 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2019. Traded to the Wizards in March of 2021.
Personal Bio

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).

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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 18 with four blocks
CWashington Wizards
April 16, 2021
Gafford had 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds and four blocks in Friday's win over the Pelicans.
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Gafford came off the bench in the overtime win, but he played more minutes (26) than starter Alex Len (16). The ex-Bull had easily his best game since coming over from Chicago, and he'll be a name to monitor -- especially in deeper leagues -- over the next few games.
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Following two collegiate seasons at Arkansas, Gafford was selected with the 38th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Bulls. He made his NBA debut Oct. 26 against the Raptors, grabbing one rebound in two minutes. Overall, he appeared in 43 out of a possible 65 games during the coronavirus-shortened season. Gafford averaged 5.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 14.2 minutes per contest. He shot an impressive 70.1 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from the charity stripe. On Nov. 18, Gafford scored a season-high 21 points (10-12 FG, 1-2 FT) and added five boards and two blocks in 20 minutes of play during a home loss to the Bucks. On Dec. 13, the rookie blocked a season-high six shots versus Charlotte. Gafford had seven performances with double-digit points, four performances with at least five rebounds and four performances with multiple assists. He also racked up five games with at least three blocks. In the 11 games that Gafford saw at least 20 minutes, he averaged 9.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. In November, Gafford also played three G League games for the Windy City Bulls, during which he averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.0 steals per contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round (38th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 8, 2019
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Chicago Bulls
  • March 25, 2021
    Traded to the Wizards along with Chandler Hutchison in exchange for Troy Brown and Moritz Wagner.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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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Absent from injury report
CWashington Wizards
April 14, 2021
Gafford (shoulder) is not on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's game in Sacramento.
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Nursing minor shoulder issue
CWashington Wizards
Shoulder
April 13, 2021
Gafford said after Monday's 125-121 win over the Jazz that he was bothered by his right shoulder late in the contest, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports. "It wasn't too fatal," Gafford said of the injury. "I'll be good [Tuesday]."
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Scores efficient 15 points
CWashington Wizards
April 12, 2021
Gafford scored 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 FT) with four rebounds and one steal in a 125-121 victory over Utah on Monday.
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Still on minutes limit
CWashington Wizards
April 12, 2021
Gafford will be on a minutes limit in Monday's game against Utah, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.
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Available vs. Suns
CWashington Wizards
April 10, 2021
Gafford (ankle) is available for Saturday's matchup against the Suns. He'll be on an unspecified minutes limit for the contest.
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