August 27, 2018, 9:20 amDarius BazleySF, Atlanta Hawks
Darius Bazley will not play in the G-League this season.
Bazely said he will instead focus on improving his game in preparation of the 2019 NBA draft. “Talking about it over with my group, we felt confidently that the G League wasn’t going to be needed and now I can use this time to work on my craft,” Bazley told The Athletic. Additionally, Bazley said how playing in the G League may only hurt his draft stock. "If you play well, it’s expected. If you don’t play well, you’re not NBA-ready. That’s what they’ll say. For me, working out and preparing is the best route," said Bazley. He was expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the G League and is still projected top-10 in the 2019 NBA draft.
Source: Shams Charania of the Athletic