Bryant tallied 18 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 34 minutes Sunday in the Wizards' 140-138 double-overtime loss to the Raptors. Bryant's double-double performance likely restored some faith in his fantasy owners after he averaged just 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game over the previous five outings. The downturn in playing time was largely a byproduct of the Wizards facing a string of bigger centers, resulting in coach Scott Brooks leaning more heavily on backup Ian Mahinmi. Bryant still projects to handle the majority of the center minutes until Dwight Howard (back) is cleared to play, but the Indiana product is probably best left on the bench in most leagues this week with the Wizards playing just one game (Thursday in London against the Knicks).
Bryant had 16 points (5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 15 rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 114-98 victory over the Hawks. Bryant hauled down a career-high 15 rebounds to go with 16 points, notching his third double-double of the season. Bryant has been unbelievable over the past two weeks and is the 16th ranked player in standard formats. Markieff Morris (neck) is still without a timetable to return and Dwight Howard (lower body) is still a long way from returning meaning Bryant will likely remain the starter for some time, making him a must-roster player.
Bryant scored 21 points (9-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, three assists and a block in 36 minutes during Saturday's 130-126 win over the Hornets. It's the second-year center's second double-double on the year, both of which have come in the last five games. Bryant's role has grown as the season has progressed, and with the Wizards now having to figure out what life without John Wall (Achilles) is going to be like, the 21-year-old could be headed for a surprisingly productive second half.
Bryant exploded for 31 points (14-14 FG, 3-3 FT), 13 rebounds, and two assists in 36 minutes during Saturday's 149-146 triple overtime win against the Suns. Bryant was absolutely brilliant, finishing with career highs in scoring and rebounding while enjoying a perfect night from the field (and the free-throw line). The only other player in NBA history to post 31 points and 13 boards while going 14-of-14 from the field (or better) is Wilt Chamberlain (who did so four times). With Dwight Howard (back) out until at least the end of January, Bryant is a good bet to keep earning ample minutes, and he'll have a tough test versus Myles Turner and the Pacers on Sunday.
Bryant contributed eight points (4-8 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 28 minutes during Sunday's 128-110 win over the Lakers. Bryant finished with career highs in rebounding and minutes while matching career highs in blocks and steals. With Dwight Howard (lower body) out through at least the end of January, Bryant has logged 14 starts, and seems likely to hold onto that spot for the foreseeable future. Moreover, with Markieff Morris (neck) listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's matchup, the club could be especially thin in the frontcourt in the short-term. Ian Mahinmi has also been a healthy scratch in each of the last three games, so Bryant is the team's best candidate to bang with the bigger bodies the Wizards will face this upcoming week (Dewayne Dedmon of Atlanta, Clint Capela of Houston, Deandre Ayton of Phoenix, and Myles Turner of Indiana).
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