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 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.

Closes preseason on high note
CWashington Wizards
October 15, 2021
Gafford finished Friday's preseason game against the Knicks with 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-8 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and four blocks.
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Making another start with what looks to be the Wizards' Opening Night lineup, Gafford put up another double-double and showed off the shot blocking that propelled him to fantasy relevance near the end of the 2020-21 regular season. Until Thomas Bryant (knee) is back up to speed, Gafford -- a 2019 second-round pick by the Bulls -- will have a good chance to be Washington's every-night starter at center.
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In Gafford's second season in the league, the 6-foot-10 center established himself as an effective rim protector and a consistent offensive lob threat. Gafford's 2020-21 season started off with the Bulls where he played in 31 games before being traded to the Wizards right around the trade deadline. In his time with the Bulls, the 22-year-old averaged 4.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. His stats improved significantly while on the Wizards as the center posted averages of 10.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 0.7 steals. Gafford emerged on the Wizards as a defensive role-playing center until the very end of the season where he earned the start in the team's final two games in the playoffs. One of Gafford's best games of the year was on April 21 in a win against the Warriors, where the big man logged his first career double-double, notching 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. The former Arkansas standout finished the season with three double-doubles and 22 games scoring double-digit points. On the defensive end, Gafford dominated as he recorded at least one block in 26 of his 30 games with the Wizards. The former second-round pick's best defensive performance on the season came versus the Cavaliers on April 25; Gafford finished with an impressive four steals and four blocks. In the playoffs, the center stepped up his game and averaged 11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in five games against the 76ers.

2019

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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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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Huge double-double Tuesday
CWashington Wizards
October 12, 2021
Gafford accumulated 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 FT), 17 rebounds and one block in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 113-108 preseason loss to the Raptors.
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Scores 10 in 18 minutes
CWashington Wizards
October 6, 2021
Gafford finished Tuesday's preseason game against Houston with 10 points (5-5 FG), six rebounds and one block.
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Expected to start at center
CWashington Wizards
September 23, 2021
Gafford is expected to be the Wizards' starting center for opening night, freelance NBA reporter Quinton Mayo reports.
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Block streak continues in loss
CWashington Wizards
June 2, 2021
Gafford registered eight points (3-4 FG, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 129-112 loss to the 76ers.
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Swats five in starting role
CWashington Wizards
June 1, 2021
Gafford produced 12 points (4-4 FG, 4-7 FT), five blocks, four rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes Monday in the Wizards' 122-114 win over the 76ers in Game 4 of the series.
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