October 16, 2019, 11:13 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley played a team-high 31 minutes in Wednesday's 119-124 preseason loss to the Grizzlies, posting seven points, nine rebounds, six assists and a steal.
Bazley shot 2-of-8 but the playing time is worth noting considering the Thunder's depth, or lack thereof, on the wings. The rookie remains a bit of an enigma considering he opted to train privately and work at an internship with New Balance, but he certainly looks like a potential contributor. Deep-league managers should remember the name.
October 10, 2019, 10:15 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley scored 12 points and pulled down five boards on Thursday night against the New Zealand Breakers.
Bazley hit a couple threes as well, but it wasn't a great performance for the rookie in an expanded opportunity. He's going to be a stash or deep-league play who can have some dynasty potential as the Thunder roll out the tank plans.
October 10, 2019, 6:47 pmDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinari (rest) will not play in Thursday's matchup against the New Zealand Breakers.
The preseason is a time in which teams are very cautious with their players. Expect to see more of rookie Darius Bazley along with more of Terrance Ferguson. Bazley doesn't have value outside of dynasty leagues while Ferguson isn't worth drafting outside of deep leagues. It is also worth noting that R.J. Hampton, a future top-five NBA prospect, will be playing this season for the Breakers.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter
July 12, 2019, 9:21 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley was the only Thunder player to score in doulble figures (11 points) in a 69-68 win over Croatia in Summer League play on Friday.
Bazley is one of the more interesting rookies in his draft class, being the only one to opt for an internship instead of playing a year of college hoops. He struggled with his shot, going 4-for-10 from the field and missing both of his attempts from the line. He did add some nice cash counters to his line in the form of three treys, one steal and one block, along with six boards. With the Thunder headed into full rebuild mode, Bazley's training camp and preseason progress will be a must-watch for deep-league fantasy managers.
July 7, 2019, 11:14 amBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder have completed their trade, sending Brandon Clarke to the Grizzlies, and Darius Bazley to the Thunder.
Though Clarke had a disappointing drop on draft night, he actually landed in a pretty solid situation on a rebuilding Grizzlies team. He should get a crack at decent minutes off the bench behind Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jonas Valanciunas, and if he is able to replicate his solid percentages and per-minute production that he had in college, he could have a shot at producing low-end fantasy value.
Source: Memphis Grizzlies
June 20, 2019, 10:10 pmDarius BazleySF, Oklahoma City Thunder
After securing the pick via a trade with the Grizzlies, the Thunder have taken Darius Bazley 23rd overall in 2019 NBA Draft.
Bazley was an All-American in high school in 2018 and committed to Syracuse but opted to forego the college route and trained for the draft on his own. He brings a strong rebounding game to the table thanks to his hops and high-level energy. Thanks to his athleticism, Bazley has the ability to guard multiple positions, not too much unlike the Thunder’s Jerami Grant. The challenge for Bazley coming into his rookie campaign will be his ability to control his number of fouls as he’s been known to be a bit too eager to go for those blocks and swipes. His shooting could use a bit of improvement, but Bazley has the tools and skill set to hopefully carve out a meaningful role with the Thunder sooner rather than later.
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