Keita Bates-Diop

Keita Bates-Diop

28-Year-Old ForwardF
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
GTD
Injury Lower Leg
Est. Return 10/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Bates-Diop is coming off his best season as a professional, having logged a career-high 21.7 minutes per game during the 2022-23 campaign. In that time he averaged 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.8 three-pointers. After three years in San Antonio, he will now ply his trade as a member of the Suns. Although the team is top-heavy when it comes to high-end talent, there is a fifth starting roster spot that needs to be filled. Josh Okogie is likely to be given that role on opening night, although there is certainly a chance Bates-Diop, Eric Gordon or Grayson Allen will make a play for it. Even if he does assume the starting role at some point throughout the season, it's hard to envision him seeing enough of the ball to be considered a viable option in standard fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.35 million contract with the Suns in July of 2023. Traded to the Nets in February of 2024. Contract includes $2.65 million player option for 2024-25.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Keita Bates-Diop was born in Bloomington, Illinois in 1996. Bates-Diop's father, Richard, played collegiate basketball at Creighton in the early '80s. The younger Bates-Diop attended University High School in Normal, Illinois, where he blossomed into a superstar in his final two years. As a junior at University High, Bates-Diop averaged 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while shooting 52 percent from the field to lead his team to a 22-6 record and Corn Belt Conference championship, its second in a row. The Pioneers won a third consecutive Corn Belt Conference Championship with Bates-Diop leading them to a 22-5 record. For his efforts, Bates-Diop was a three-time First Team All-State (Class 3A) selection by the Associated Press. Bates-Diop moved on to collegiate ball at Ohio State University, where he spent the next four seasons. You can follow Bates-Diop on Twitter @KBD_33. Bates-Diop was named as the 2017-18 Big Ten Player of the Year after his senior year at Ohio St. The Normal, Illinois native was also named to the All-Big Ten honorable mention list after his sophomore season in 2016-17. In the 2017-18 season, he led the Big Ten in total field goals (247) while leading Ohio State in points (19.8), blocks (1.6) and rebounds (8.7) per game. Bates-Diop opted to enter the 2018 NBA Draft after his redshirt junior season. He was chosen in the second round of the draft (48th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ruled out for season
FBrooklyn Nets
Lower Leg
March 27, 2024
The Nets announced Wednesday that Bates-Diop (shin) will miss the rest of the season, Evan Barnes of Newsday reports.
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Bates-Diop was slated to miss a second consecutive game Wednesday due to a right shin stress reaction, and he underwent a procedure to address the issue. While he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the year, he's expected to resume on-court activity in approximately one month, so it seems unlikely that the issue will impact his availability for the start of next season. Over 53 appearances between the Suns and Nets this year, he averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game.
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How does Keita Bates-Diop 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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  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
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52.5%
 
Effective Field Goal %
49.3%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
42.7%
 
Free Throw Rate
24.0%
 
Offensive Rebound %
6.0%
 
Defensive Rebound %
12.9%
 
Total Rebound %
9.6%
 
Assist %
7.4%
 
Steal %
1.6%
 
Block %
3.0%
 
Turnover %
6.1%
 
Usage %
13.2%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
11.8
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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Bates-Diop received the occasional start for the Spurs last season but played the vast majority of his games in a bench role, averaging 5.7 points and 3.9 boards over 16.2 minutes per game. Even in that role, his output ranked him 358th in per-game production -- far from the fantasy radar in most formats. He's likely buried in the rotation again entering 2022-23, especially following the team's selection of Jeremy Sochan with the ninth pick in the 2022 NBA Draft to shore up some depth in the frontcourt. Barring a rash of injuries bumping his playing time up, Bates-Diop should remain on the waiver wire in most standard formats.
A 2018 second-round pick the Timberwolves divested themselves of after just one season and change, Bates-Diop landed with the Nuggets via trade in early February. The 24-year-old wing saw action in just 12 games with Denver and averaged a modest 10.2 minutes per contest, but he got more valuable reps while still with Minnesota and finished with averages of 6.5 points and 2.9 rebounds across 16.8 minutes over 44 total games. Bates-Diop then signed a two-way deal with the Spurs on Nov. 22, so he'll likely open the coming season in the G-League. The 6-foot-8 Ohio State product is capable of playing either forward spot, but San Antonio should open the season with a relatively deep chart at both the three and four. When Bates-Diop does eventually see time with the big club, he's destined for a rotational role that would likely give him fantasy relevance only in fairly deep formats.
Following a productive four-year career at Ohio State, Bates-Diop landed in Minnesota as a second-round selection in June 2018. The 6-foot-7 wing then split his time between the G-League and the Timberwolves, averaging a well-rounded 17.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals across 36.6 minutes over 16 games in the former. Bates-Diop's opportunity was understandably reduced at the NBA level, but he generated a respectable 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds across 16.8 minutes (30 games). The second-year pro then got plenty of run in the Las Vegas Summer League this past July, playing seven games and averaging 23.6 minutes, 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Bates-Diop hasn't been quite as efficient with his shot in any of the professional settings he's operated in thus far when compared to his college days (45.3 percent or better shooting in each Buckeyes season), but he packs solid potential and could certainly work his way into the conversation with respect to the small forward rotation this coming season. Bates-Diop logged at least 20 minutes in 10 games following the All-Star break last season, including three tallies over 30, providing him with plenty of game reps at the NBA level during his first year. If Bates-Diop can build on that experience in the coming season, he could develop into a viable option for scoring and rebounds in deeper fantasy formats.
A second-rounder out of Ohio State, Bates-Diop was one of the most productive players in the country last season, posting averages of 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game en route to Big Ten Player of the Year honors. As a 22-year-old senior, Bates-Diop is among the more NBA-ready players in the class, but he'll enter a difficult situation in Minnesota. It's no secret that coach Tom Thibodeau favors a veteran-heavy rotation, and there won't be a surplus of available minutes in the frontcourt given the presence of Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Tolliver, Gorgui Dieng and Taj Gibson. The most likely scenario is Bates-Diop spending much of the year with the Iowa Wolves of the G League before potentially becoming a back-end rotation player in 2019-20.
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Won't play Wednesday
FBrooklyn Nets
Lower Leg
March 26, 2024
Bates-Diop (shin) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Evan Barnes of Newsday reports.
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Won't go Monday
FBrooklyn Nets
Lower Leg
March 24, 2024
Bates-Diop has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Raptors due to a right shin stress reaction, Meghan Triplett of YES Network reports.
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Slated to debut Saturday
FBrooklyn Nets
February 9, 2024
Bates-Diop (recently traded) will be available for Saturday's game against the Spurs, NBA writer Billy Reinhardt reports.
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Headed to Brooklyn
FBrooklyn Nets
Not Injury Related
February 8, 2024
Bates-Diop was traded from the Suns to the Nets along with Jordan Goodwin as part of a three-team deal that sent Yuta Watanabe and Chimezie Metu to Memphis, and David Roddy and Royce O'Neale to Phoenix, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Gets double-digit minutes again
FPhoenix Suns
January 23, 2024
Bates-Diop tallied five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block across 18 minutes in Monday's 115-113 win over the Bulls.
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