Bates-Diop finished with 11 points (3-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals across 25 minutes in Sunday's 90-66 win over the Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League.
The second-year forward from Ohio State followed up a 17 point effort on Friday with an 11-rebound game in the blowout win. Bates-Diop was a consistent presence with the Timberwolves in the second half of the season, and one could assume his presence in Las Vegas hints at an increased role for him in 2019.
Bates-Diop totaled 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, an assist and a steal across 24 minutes in the Timberwolves' 85-75 win over the Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
Bates-Diop paced the Wolves in scoring in Friday's win over Cleveland, knocking down 70 percent of his shots, including three triples. The 2018 second-round pick played meaningful minutes for Minnesota at the end of last season with multiple injuries plaguing the team. His role for the upcoming season could realistically grow with Derrick Rose, Dario Saric and Taj Gibson gone and Robert Covington and Jeff Teague possibly on the trading block.
Bates-Diop finished with 18 points (7-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 35 minutes during Sunday's 103-92 victory over the Knicks.
Bates-Diop played a team-high 35 minutes Sunday, putting up career-high numbers in basically every category. The Timberwolves were without three of their starters which meant enlarged roles for a number of fringe guys. Bates-Diop has put together back-to-back games of at least 12 points and has perhaps played himself into a slightly larger role, even when the starters return to action. He is not worth picking up yet but owners in deep formats should keep an eye on the injury report moving forward.
Bates-Diop contributed 12 points (5-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Saturday's 135-130 overtime win against the Wizards.
Bates-Diop drew his first career start with Robert Covington (knee), Andrew Wiggins (thigh), and Luol Deng (Achilles) all sidelined, and the rookie forward matched Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) for the team high in minutes. Moreover, Bates-Diop managed career highs in scoring, assists, and minutes, and could be in line for another heavy load of playing time during Sunday's bout with a Knicks team that sports one of the league's worst defenses.
Bates-Diop will start Saturday's contest against the Wizards.
With Andrew Wiggins (thigh) out, Bates-Diop will make his first career start. Over the past three games, he's averaging 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds across 18.0 minutes.
Bates-Diop compiled eight points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, and one block in 26 minutes during Sunday's 135-121 loss to the Wizards.
Bates-Diop played a career-high 26 minutes Sunday, matching his career best with eight points. This was an ugly loss for the Timberwolves and head coach Ryan Saunders went deep in his rotation to try and find something. Bates-Diop could have a somewhat fantasy friendly game if he ever manages to carve out a sizeable role. As of right now he has no value and can be left on the waivers.
Bates-Diop was recalled from the G League's Iowa Wolves on Thursday.
Bates-Diop has been with Iowa for the past week, but he'll be in town for the Timberwolves' practice on Thursday. He has played 16 G League games this season and is averaging 17.8 points and 8.9 rebounds across nearly 37 minutes per game with Iowa.
Bates-Diop has been assigned to the G League.
Bates-Diop has been recently dealing with an illness since Monday and has not played in an NBA game dating back to Nov. 4. The second-round pick is averaging 17.5 points across 13 games in the G League this year.
Bates-Diop (illness) isn't listed on the Timberwolves' injury report ahead of Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
The illness prevented Bates-Diop from suiting up in both of the Timberwolves' past two games, but his absence from the report implies that he's reasonably healthy. With all of Jeff Teague (ankle), Derrick Rose (ankle) and Robert Covington (knee) sidelined Wednesday, Bates-Diop could have an opportunity to pick up some light minutes off the bench.
Bates-Diop (illness) will not play Monday against the Pelicans, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Bates-Diop was originally listed as probable for Monday's game, so this news come with a bit of surprise. His next opportunity to play will be Wednesday against Boston.
Bates-Diop (illness) is probable for Monday's game agains New Orleans.
Bates-Diop missed the Timberwolves' latest game against the Heat on Sunday due to the illness. The Ohio State product has played in only two contests with the Timberwolves this season.
Bates-Diop (illness) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Heat.
Bates-Diop has only seen the court twice this season, so his absence shouldn't have any effect on Minnesota's rotation.
Bates-Diop is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Heat with an illness.
With only two appearances for the Timberwolves this season and none since Nov. 4, Bates-Diop's potential absence Sunday won't have any consequences for coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation plans.
Bates-Diop was assigned to the Iowa Wolves of the G League on Thursday.
Bates-Diop was recalled Sunday but did not see any in-game action with Minnesota. He'll now return to Iowa, where he is expected to spend majority of his rookie season.
Bates-Diop has been recalled from the G League on Sunday.
Bates-Diop returns to the Timberwolves after being sent down to the G League on Nov. 20. The rookie will likely not see much action off the bench as he has only played in two games so far this year.
Bates-Diop was assigned to the Iowa Wolves of the G League on Tuesday.
Bates-Diop has appeared in just two games for the Timberwolves this season, and did not appear in any since he was last recalled. He will likely be available for Iowa's back-to-back set this weekend on the road.
Bates-Diop was recalled from the G League on Sunday.
The rookie played in one game on this latest assignment, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes in a loss to Santa Cruz.
Bates-Dip was assigned to the G-League on Saturday.
Bates-Diop has played just 18 minutes for the Timberwolves, totaling four points and three rebounds, plus a block. Being sent down to the G-League should give him an opportunity for some more minutes.
Bates-Diop did not play in Wednesday's loss at San Antonio due to a coach's decision.
Bates-Diop, a second-round draft pick, was considered a first-round talent by some evaluators but he was a late bloomer, with his first really impressive season coming as a senior last year. In 34 games for Ohio State last year Bates-Diop recorded and impressive 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. With Minnesota he'll look to work his way into the lineup as a backup small forward, but he may not get much action without a few injuries ahead him on the depth chart.
Bates-Diop delivered 11 points (5-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four rebounds, one steal, and one block in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 128-101 loss to the Clippers.
Bates-Diop was efficient offensively while using his size, length and strength to make an impact on defense. Coach Tom Thibodeau typically doesn't trust rookies to play significant roles, much less second round selections like Bates-Diop. With that being said, Bates-Diop's second preseason performance was much better than his first, in which he mustered up six points (on one-of-nine from the floor) to go with six boards, one dime, and one steal across 22 minutes versus the Warriors.
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