Darius Bazley

Darius Bazley

23-Year-Old ForwardF
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Darius Bazley in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a three-year, $5.74 million contract with the Jazz in March of 2024.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Best outing of season off bench
FUtah Jazz
April 13, 2024
Bazley supplied 12 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals across 23 minutes during Friday's 110-109 win over the Clippers.
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Bazley ended as one of six Jazz players with a double-digit point total to go along with a handful of rebounds and a team-high-tying pair of steals in a balanced outing off the bench. Bazley matched a season high in scoring, a total he also accomplished April 5 against the Clippers. Bazley has recorded at least eight points and five boards in four outings this year.
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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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25.0%
 
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8.6%
 
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Named G League All-Star
FFree Agent
January 29, 2024
Bazley has been selected for the G League Up Next Game at NBA All-Star Weekend.
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Bazley and Kenneth Lofton will represent the Delaware Blue Coats. Bazley is averaging 19.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the G League this season, although he is not one of Philadelphia's two-way players, as Lofton, Ricky Council and Terquavion Smith currently fill those spots.
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Bazley took a step back last season in terms of minutes (27.9 MPG) and usage (17.1%) as the Thunder accommodated rookie Josh Giddey, but he improved his fantasy value through better defense. Bazley averaged 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals per game in addition to 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He's still struggling to generate efficient offense (42/30/69 shooting splits), but he's not asked to do that much. Bazley should retain his starting spot at power forward this season, but it won't be without competition for minutes. Aleksej Pokusevski, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Kenrich Williams, Mike Muscala and Ousmane Dieng can also see time at the four. Ultimately, Bazley hasn't exhibited enough to truly warrant priority over other options if those players start to show more upside. Bazley's 2022-23 season will go a long way in determining his future, as it's his last under his rookie deal. Fantasy managers who believe in his defense and potential for improved offense can take a chance on him toward the end of drafts, but his upside remains relatively low given the wealth of other, better offensive options that have more commitment from the Thunder front office.
Bazley's impressive play in the NBA bubble two seasons ago led to many fantasy managers taking a gamble on him with a late pick last season. That didn't pay off. Bazley saw plenty of action (31.2 minutes per game) but he struggled with his shot and was woefully inefficient. He averaged 13.7 points but shot 39.6 percent from the field, 29.0 percent from three and 70.2 percent from the free-throw line. That led to 0.98 points per shot attempt -- in just the ninth percentile for players classified as forwards. However, on a positive note, his free-throw rate (3.2 attempts per game) was nice for someone who often relied on jumpshooting, and his rebounding (7.2 boards per game) was also productive. Despite his struggles, the 21-year-old's role isn't in too much jeopardy, as the Thunder remain committed to tanking and didn't add any frontcourt depth. Bazley will only really be competing with Isaiah Roby and Aleksej Pokusevski for minutes, and he should remain the starter at power forward. He'll need to take massive leaps in efficiency to be worth a roster spot in fantasy, however.
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.
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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Returns to NBA
FUtah Jazz
April 4, 2024
The Jazz recalled Bazley from the G League's Salt Lake City Stars on Wednesday.
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Dominant in G League playoff loss
FSalt Lake City Stars   G League (Jazz)
April 3, 2024
Bazley compiled 30 points (13-22 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks across 37 minutes Tuesday in the G League Salt Lake City Stars' 113-111 playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors.
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Struggles from line in G League
FSalt Lake City Stars   G League (Jazz)
April 1, 2024
Bazley logged eight points (4-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 0-5 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal across 33 minutes Saturday in the G League Salt Lake City Stars' 97-77 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
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Notches 16 points in G League
FSalt Lake City Stars   G League (Jazz)
March 29, 2024
Bazley produced 16 points (6-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block across 41 minutes Tuesday in the G League Salt Lake City Stars' 113-108 win over the Austin Spurs.
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Back to G League
FSalt Lake City Stars   G League (Jazz)
March 29, 2024
Utah assigned Bazley to the G League's Salt Lake City Stars on Thursday.
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