Bacon registered 15 points (5-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), eight rebounds and an assist across 26 minutes in Friday's loss at the Celtics.
Bacon has settled as a starter this season, and while he's been inconsistent, he seems to be finding a groove of late -- he has scored in double digits in four of his last five contests. He has been dependant on volume to make things happen, however, as he's only shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 25 percent from three-point range during that five-game stretch.
Bacon scored 19 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go with two rebounds and one assist across 32 minutes in a 105-94 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.
With a career-high 9.0 points per game thus far, Bacon has taken a step forward this year, and the 25-year-old will likely see more responsibilities on offense with Markelle Fultz having torn his ACL on Wednesday. Bacon has scored in double digits in back-to-back games just two times since the 2018 season, but he's got a good chance to do it a third time Friday against a Rockets team that's allowing 115.6 points per game this season.
Bacon finished with 18 points (9-10 FG) and eight rebounds across 23 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.
Bacon has started every game for the Magic this season but this is the first time he was able to surpass the 10-point mark. Bacon began the 2020-21 season with a scoreless outing against the Heat, but he has been both productive and sharp since then -- he has averaged 10.0 points per game while shooting 13-for-17 from the field in that three-game stretch. It's safe to say he's trending in the right direction.
Bacon will start at small forward during Friday's preseason opener against the Hawks.
With a myriad of players out for the Magic, Bacon will find himself in the starting five. For his career, he's averaging 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 16.0 minutes.
Bacon signed a two-year contract with the Magic on Friday, Vincent Goodwill of Yahooreports.
Bacon struggled last season with the Hornets, averaging 5.7 points and shooting an abysmal 34.8 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from three and 66.0 percent from the free-throw line. His shooting was much worse than the year prior, where he shot 47.5 percent from the field, 43.7 percent from three and 73.9 percent from the free-throw line. Bacon will look to get back on track with the Magic, but he likely won't have a significant role with the team. He's never seen more than 17.7 minutes per game in a season.
Bacon says his best option is to "go somewhere else" as a free agent, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports. "Maybe I'm not meant for this [Hornets] organization or maybe they don't want me. I don't know," said Bacon.
Bacon appeared in just 39 games for the Hornets this season, averaging 5.7 points on 6.3 shots, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.6 minutes. He also appeared in nine G League games, where he averaged 31.8 points on 24.9 shots, 8.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 38.6 minutes. There's clearly a massive gap between his G League usage and performance and NBA usage and performance, which could not be bridged. It's unclear how much interest other teams have given how unproven Bacon is across his first three seasons.
Bacon was recalled by the Hornets ahead of Monday's tilt with Atlanta.
Bacon will return to Charlotte after a lengthy stint in the G League. Across 39 appearances this season, the 24-year-old's provided 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.6 minutes per game.
Bacon amassed 23 points (8-25 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 37 minutes Monday against Long Island.
It was the first time during his G League tenure this year, that Bacon's failed to score at least 40 points. While it was disappointing, it was likely simply an off day for the 24-year-old. He'll look to bounce back Wednesday against Westchester.
Bacon totaled 40 points (15-29 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 12 rebounds and one assist in 42 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Go-Go.
Bacon's eclipsed 40 points in each of his three G League outings, including a 51-point game in his season debut after being demoted. However, with rare exceptions, we haven't seen anything like that from him at the NBA level yet.
Bacon totaled 44 points (15-25 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes during Friday's loss to the Go-Go.
The 24-year-old proved himself to be nearly unguardable in his second G League game of the year. Though he's struggled to find minutes at the NBA level of late, Bacon's dominating the Minor's to the tune of 47.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 39.8 minutes per game over his two G League games this year.
Bacon was assigned to the G League on Wednesday, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Even as the Hornets dive deep into a rebuild, Bacon's role hasn't been consistent. He's played 17 games in the G League this season, averaging 22.2 points on 20.3 shots, plus 7.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.1 minutes.
Bacon will get the start at small forward for Monday's matchup with the Magic, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Bacon will move into the starting lineup with PJ Washington (ankle) sidelined. He has averaged 9.9 points and 3.3 rebounds across 25.3 minutes in 10 starts this season.
Updating a previous report, Bacon will come off the bench Tuesday against the Knicks.
It was previously noted that Devonte' Graham would sit out Tuesday's game due to an illness, but his status quickly changed and he will remain in the starting five. Bacon will come off the bench per usual.
Bacon will join the starting five for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
With Devonte' Graham a late scratch due to illness, Bacon will join the starting five. In 10 prior starts this season, he's averaging 9.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.2 minutes.
Bacon supplied 24 points (10-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes Sunday in the Hornets' 100-92 loss to the Suns.
The scoring haul was Bacon's second-best total of the season, with his previous best coming Nov. 2, when he was still a starter for the Hornets. Bacon's putrid 34.2 percent mark from the field through 10 starts eventually resulted in him being benched and eventually dropped from the rotation, but the third-year player seems to be back in coach James Borrego's good graces of late. Over the past seven games, Bacon is averaging 11.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 triples while knocking down 54.4 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Bacon totaled 15 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes during Thursday's 109-106 win over the Cavaliers.
Bacon has reached double figures in scoring in consecutive contests after being held to single digits in 16 straight prior, including six scoreless showings during that stretch. With Nicolas Batum being a healthy scratch in each of the last four games, Bacon has been among those to benefit and he'll look to keep it rolling during Saturday's matchup versus the Mavericks.
Bacon had 11 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 109-92 loss to Boston.
Bacon scored in double-figures for the first time since early November, ending with 11 points. He has not even been a regular part of the rotation and the 18 minutes were his highest in over a month. He could force his way back into meaningful minutes at some point but until then, he is not worth rostering in most leagues.
Bacon failed to record a stat in four minutes during Sunday's 107-85 loss to Indiana.
This really sums up where Bacon is at right now. Even in a game that is out of hand and without numerous players, he is still basically the last player off the bench. He could work back into the rotation at some point but that seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Bacon failed to leave the bench during Wednesday's 102-101 victory over Detroit.
Bacon had plenty of time to practice his cheerleading during Wednesday's victory. After a somewhat promising start to the season, Bacon has basically hit rock bottom. Given the inconsistent production of a handful of other players, there is a reason to think Bacon can carve out a meaningful role moving forward. However, until that time comes, he is a non-factor in almost every format.
Bacon had just six points, two steals, one rebound, one assist and one block in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 101-91 loss to Brooklyn.
Bacon saw just 14 minutes of playing time Wednesday as his fall from grace continues. He began the season as a sneaky 12-team option but that has flipped as quickly as it began. The improvement of Malik Monk has seen Bacon relegated to a bench role, negating any value he had. There is a chance he works his way back to meaningful minutes at some point but until then he can be left on the waiver wire in most competitive leagues.
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