August 18, 2020, 9:26 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley knocked down three triples (3-for-4 3PT) for nine points, nine rebounds and one assist coming off the bench vs. the Rockets on Tuesday.
Bazley was a key contributor off the bench for the Thunder in Game 1 on Tuesday, especially with Dennis Schroder struggling offensively. Bazley had received opportunities to play in a number of the Thunder's final seeding games. It seems to have paid off, as Bazley looked very comfortable in his role. The rookie played 17 minutes on Tuesday and averaged a touch over 18 mpg on the season.
August 12, 2020, 10:33 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley stayed hot on Wednesday, scoring a team-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including five 3s, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes off the bench.
Bazley has been an eye-opener over the Thunder's seeding games, since getting an increase in minutes and usage. He should become an intriguing flier pick to consider towards the end of 2020-21 fantasy drafts.
August 10, 2020, 6:32 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley scored at least 20 points for the second straight game on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes, coming away with the first double-double of his career.
The rookie has been a standout over the last two games for the Thunder. With basically the entire starting unit sitting this one out, Bazley thrived in what was certainly an increased role. Of all the fringe players for the Thunder, Bazley has the most upside and is worth keeping an eye on in the future.
August 9, 2020, 5:07 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley put together 23 points (8-for-13 shooting), seven rebounds, a steal and five 3-pointers in Sunday's 121-103 win over the Wizards.
Bazley got some extra run with Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel both out and he made the most of it. Both the points and the threes were career-highs for the rookie, who has impressed with his athleticism over the course of the year. He's going to struggle to hold fantasy appeal when OKC is fully healthy but Bazley is certainly an appealing dynasty option moving forward.
August 7, 2020, 7:24 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley gave the Grizzlies his best shot on Friday, but only hurt himself as he went 4-of-14 from the field on his way to 12 points, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block.
Bazley had plenty of opportunity before him, but his failures from the field ruined what could have been productive performance. The 3-pointers and blocks make him an interesting long-term target in fantasy, but he has a long way to go as a shooter from everywhere on the floor.
August 1, 2020, 8:15 pmAbdel NaderSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Abdel Nader suffered a concussion in a scrimmage last Friday but was able to return on Saturday and score two points in three minutes.
Nader may have been limited since he is returning from a concussion and could see his playing time increase in the next few games. Nader scored 6.0 points in 15.8 minutes per game this season. His biggest competition for minutes is Darius Bazley (10 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes on Saturday). If Nader's minutes increase it would likely come at the expense of Bazley, but neither player is reliable enough for fantasy purposes.
July 28, 2020, 9:32 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley made the most of his 27 minutes of action on Tuesday in the Thunder's final scrimmage game, scoring 20 points (3-for-5 3PT) and adding two boards, two assists and a block.
Bazley has been impressive during the scrimmage period this week as he put up 13 points and seven rebounds in Sunday's game, which also resulted in a Thunder win. He hit three 3-pointers on Tuesday and his two threes on Sunday were pivotal in the Thunder victory. Bazley only averaged 17.2 minutes per game in the regular season, but appears to have carved out a bit more of a role as the NBA prepares to return on Thursday. The Thunder open up on Saturday against the Jazz.
July 26, 2020, 3:05 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley turned in 13 points, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, a steal and a block in Sunday's scrimmage win.
Bazley logged a team-high 26 minutes, potentially aided by the absence of Abdel Nader, but at this point he looks like a safe bet for rotation minutes when the games begin. He has shown strong per-minute potential in the blocks category and may be worth a look in DFS if the Thunder are able to rest some players at the end of the resumption schedule.
July 16, 2020, 10:54 amDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley completed his rookie season ranked 330/332 in 8/9-cat leagues while playing sparingly off the bench.
Bazley only saw extended minutes when the roster was hit by injuries, and even in those scenarios he did not show much value. He appeared in 53 games, eight starts, and averaged 17.2 minutes per game. He finished the year scoring 4.5 points a night on a dismal 38% shooting from the field. He averaged 0.7 blocks in his short time on the floor, equivalent to 1.4 per 36 minutes, which would be top-40 in the NBA. Bazley is a young, raw player who is still trying to figure things out, but is most likely still a year away from being a year away.
June 5, 2020, 3:26 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley has recovered from a right knee bone bruise that he suffered in February.
We're going to say that he's healthy after he was spotted playing pickup games this past week. Bazley was set to be re-evaluated 4-6 weeks after sustaining the injury and is good to go. He's not a lock to receive minutes in the postseason but more depth options never hurt anybody.
Source: The Athletic
February 10, 2020, 6:31 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks due to a right knee bone bruise.
Bazley was just a role player for the Thunder, but this certainly puts the rest of his season in question.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
February 9, 2020, 6:32 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Daruis Bazley was forced out of Sunday's game by a right knee sprain.
Bazley only played three minutes before getting hurt, and his absence might lead to a few more minutes from Abdel Nader, but there's really nothing here for fantasy GMs.
January 27, 2020, 6:41 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel has recovered from facial fracture surgery and will be available to play on Monday.
Darius Bazley should see his role diminish. Noel averaged 12.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in the ten games prior to his injury. Enjoy the 67.6 percent shooting from the floor if you own him.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
January 25, 2020, 11:09 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley started on Saturday and scored 15 points (5-of-6 from the field) with six rebounds, one steal, one block and one triple in 30 minutes.
Bazley contributed across the board on Saturday with his extra opportunity coming from Danilo Gallinari (sore left thumb) sitting out. Bazley is only worth considering in deeper leagues and he is tough to trust when Gallinari is in the lineup. Bazley is a name to remember for DFS the next time Gallo is out though, he had nine points and 13 rebounds the last time he started in place of Gallinari.
January 25, 2020, 2:07 pmDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinari (sore left thumb) will not play against the Wolves on Saturday.
Gallinari is missing a back-to-back game now for the third straight time and it appears this will be the trend for the rest of the year. The Thunder have three more back to backs left this season with the last one occurring during finals week in most leagues. Darius Bazley and Mike Muscala should see plenty of minutes in Gallo's absence and even more so if Steven Adams is ruled out with Nerlens Noel ruled out already.
Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter