Daniel Gafford

Daniel Gafford

25-Year-Old CenterC
Dallas Mavericks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Gafford produced another respectable season for the Wizards, averaging 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He shot a robust 73.2 percent from the field and didn't kill fantasy managers with his 67.9 percent shooting from the charity stripe. He started 47 of the 78 games that he played, but he has a great opportunity to be the Wizards' full-time starting center this season. Gone is Kristaps Porzingis, who was dealt to the Celtics. Bradley Beal and Monte Morris have also departed, while the team has brought in Tyus Jones and Jordan Poole, while re-signing Kyle Kuzma. However, they did not make any significant additions at center, with journeyman Mike Muscala currently Gafford's biggest threat for playing time. For his career, Gafford has averaged 9.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a starter, compared to 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks coming off the bench. He is a real threat to approach 30 minutes per game in the Wizards' new roster construction. For those who don't want to spend significant draft capital at the center position, targeting Gafford later on in drafts could provide significant value. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $40.18 million contract extension with the Wizards in October of 2021. Traded to the Mavericks in February of 2024.
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.

Close to double-double in loss
CDallas Mavericks
June 9, 2024
Gafford amassed 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-4 FT), nine rebounds and one block across 23 minutes during Sunday's 105-98 loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
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Gafford was efficient from the field and finished just one rebound shy of a double-double, but he had problems dealing with Kristaps Porzingis once again. The fact that the Celtics' big men can play on the perimeter has limited Gafford's defensive influence. Gafford has now posted at least eight rebounds in three of his last four playoff appearances.
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How does Daniel Gafford compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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70.7%
 
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69.0%
 
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0.0%
 
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40.5%
 
Offensive Rebound %
11.5%
 
Defensive Rebound %
21.1%
 
Total Rebound %
16.2%
 
Assist %
8.0%
 
Steal %
1.5%
 
Block %
6.6%
 
Turnover %
9.9%
 
Usage %
16.5%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
31.2
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.2
 
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Could represent Slovenia
CDallas Mavericks
June 3, 2024
Gafford has had exploratory talks about joining the Slovenian national team as a naturalized player, but that won't happen this summer, according to Marc Stein of Substack.
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It's unclear if there's any blood-related link between Gafford and Slovenia. Still, since the FIBA rules are not as strict as in other sports when it comes to naturalized players, Gafford might have a shot at playing alongside Luka Doncic on the international stage as well. Gafford was traded to Dallas before the 2023-24 deadline and has been a regular starter during the Mavericks' run to the NBA Finals.
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Gafford spent most of last season as Washington's starting center. The Arkansas product got the nod in his first 45 appearances but wasn't logging true starter's minutes, garnering just 21.2 per game. He averaged 9.2 points on 68.6 percent shooting, 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 assists in those first 45 games. Once Thomas Bryant was fully healthy and the Wizards traded for Kristaps Porzingis - both occurring in February - Gafford mostly appeared off the bench. His workload only saw a slight decline, as he played 18.2 minutes per game in his final 27 appearances. A similar situation should unfold this season. Kristaps Porzingis figures to start at center, leaving Gafford backup minutes at the five. Porzingis can also play power forward, so the two may spend some time on the court together. Ultimately, Gafford is unlikely to hold relevance in standard leagues, as he ranked 154th in per-game fantasy production last season. However, there's still some upside for Gafford if Porzingis gets injured, and he frequently does, so managers in deep leagues (especially best ball) can take a chance on him if he draws a decent number of starts.
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.
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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Misses out on double-double
CDallas Mavericks
May 31, 2024
Gafford amassed 11 points (3-3 FG, 5-6 FT), nine rebounds and one block across 20 minutes during Thursday's 124-103 win over the Timberwolves in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.
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Swats five shots in win
CDallas Mavericks
May 25, 2024
Gafford amassed 16 points (8-10 FG, 0-2 FT), five rebounds and five blocks over 21 minutes during Friday's 109-108 win over the Timberwolves in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
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Close to double-double in win
CDallas Mavericks
May 23, 2024
Gafford accumulated 10 points (5-9 FG), nine rebounds and one block across 21 minutes during Wednesday's 108-105 win over Minnesota in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
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Starts second half
CDallas Mavericks
May 11, 2024
Gafford (shoulder) has returned for the second half of Saturday's Game 3 against the Thunder, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
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Heads to locker room
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May 11, 2024
Gafford exited in the second quarter of Game 3 against Oklahoma City on Saturday with a left shoulder injury, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
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