The Wolves got bogged down in drama, taking a step back while incorporating some new faces
October 17, 2019, 7:22 pmJordan BellPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jordan Bell (left calf strain) and Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) will both be available to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bucks.
Bates-Diop and Bell are likely not relevant in standard redraft leagues. Bell has shown flashes but until he puts together a string of consistent fantasy production, he is best left for very deep leagues.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 3:40 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) is questionable for Thursday's preseason game against the Clippers.
KBD was technically available for Tuesday's game but didn't check in, so he could still be nursing his injury. There's minimal fantasy appeal here.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 15, 2019, 10:50 pmJordan BellPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jordan Bell (left calf strain) got his first action of the preseason on Tuesday and had four points (2-of-4 from the field) and five rebounds in seven minutes.
Bell has a new opportunity with the Wolves this season and he returned to his crazy per-minute stats tonight. He's a definite watch, as he could get backup minutes at both the four and five spots. Bell only needs about 20 minutes per game to be worth starting in deeper leagues. Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) was available but did not play in this one.
October 15, 2019, 6:02 pmJordan BellPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jordan Bell (left calf strain) and Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) will be available to play against the Pacers on Tuesday.
Bell is the more intriguing of the two, with an expected role this season. Bates-Diop is a wait-and-see guy in standard leagues.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 7:07 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop will miss Sunday's exhibition game because of back spasms.
Nothing to see here, as the Wolves are just playing it safe with KBD against Maccabi Haifa. He should remain a late-round plodder for use in leagues with 20 teams or more.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 10:51 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, an assist and a 3-pointer in Monday's loss to the Wolves.
Bates-Diop was outplayed by his fellow benchmates in this one, but nailed a clutch 3-pointer to bring the Wolves within a single possession late in the fourth. He's struggled with consistency which is why it'll be hard to envision him having an impactful role to start next season.
July 14, 2019, 10:08 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop was quiet on Sunday night as he was limited to chipping in five points on 2-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, two assist, one 3-pointer and one steal in 23 minutes.
He did have to deal with a bit of foul trouble (four fouls) but this line was a bit of a letdown after his 17-point game on July 5th. KBD needs to work on his consistency, if he's to emerge with deep-league fantasy value in 2019-20.
July 5, 2019, 7:13 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop paced the Wolves in Friday's win over the Cavs, posting 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting with three triples and a steal.
Bates-Diop had the looks of a potential help at the forward spots last season but was buried while Tom Thibodeau was at the helm. He should find more work this year with Ryan Saunders calling the shots, and if the Wolves can remake their roster as they'd like then KBD will have a real chance at a solid rotation job.
April 11, 2019, 1:04 amKeita Bates-DiopF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop was kept quiet in Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, ending his rookie year with four points, seven rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes.
Bates-Diop was predictably buried on the bench until Ryan Saunders took over, but even then his averages of 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.4 triples per game (in 16.7 mpg) weren't much to write home about. If you squint you can see how KBD would be an interesting guy in a larger workload, but his top-350/330 per-game value only had him surfacing as a streamer or in extremely deep formats.
March 29, 2019, 6:44 pmTaj GibsonF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Taj Gibson (left calf strain) will not play on Friday vs. the Warriors.
This will be the fourth straight game missed for Gibson. Dario Saric, Keita Bates-Diop and Anthony Tolliver will all see an increased workload.
March 10, 2019, 11:10 pmKeita Bates-DiopF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop started for Andrew Wiggins (quad) on Sunday against the Knicks and put up a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
He did a lot more than score in this one, as he added six rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and two triples. Fellow rookie Josh Okogie put up a nice defensive effort with three steals and three blocks. Bates-Diop is a great stream while Wiggins remains sidelined.
March 10, 2019, 6:25 pmKeita Bates-DiopF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop will make another start on Sunday against the Knicks as Andrew Wiggins (quad) remains out.
KBD started on Saturday and logged 37 minutes, scoring 12 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer. He's got late-round upside as long as he's starting, but this may be his last game doing so.
Source: Chris Hine on Twitter
March 9, 2019, 11:02 pmKeita Bates-DiopF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop started for Andrew Wiggins (left quad contusion) on Saturday and delivered 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and one steal in 37 minutes.
This was a decent showing from KBD, who has some short-term value in deep leagues while Wiggins is on the shelf.
March 9, 2019, 7:25 pmKeita Bates-DiopF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop will start for Andrew Wiggins (left quad contusion) in Saturday's game against the Wizards.
Bates-Diop will officially make his first career NBA start tonight and could have his minutes in the 25 range or above. Leave him on the wire for now, until he shows that he can provide consistent production with the minutes the coaching staff will give him moving forward.
Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter