Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore
30-Year-Old ForwardF
Sacramento Kings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bazemore will play for his fourth team after being traded to Portland for Evan Turner. In his final season with the Hawks, Bazemore compiled his second-best scoring (11.6) and rebounding (3.9) averages of his career, despite shooting just 40.2 percent from the floor and 32.0 percent from three -- his worst marks since his rookie season. Encouragingly, Bazemore was still a quality defender with 1.9 combined blocks/steals, and he's collected at least 1.8 blocks/steals in four straight seasons. His role was largely scaled back last year, as Bazemore played just 24.5 minutes per game and started only 35 of 67 appearances. The playing time represented a four-year low for the eight-year veteran who will hope to see his role grow in Portland. He'll vie for playing time with Rodney Hood and new additions Anthony Tolliver and Mario Herzonja, but if he can earn a steady rotational role with the Blazers, Bazemore has proven to be a reliable source of threes and defense in his career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $70 million contract with the Hawks in July of 2016. Exercised $19.27 million player option for 2019-20 in April of 2019. Traded to the Trail Blazers in June of 2019. Traded to the Kings in January of 2020.
Personal Bio

Kenneth Lamont Bazemore, Jr., son of Kenneth and Glynis Bazemore, was born in Kelford, North Carolina in 1989. Bazemore's younger brother, WyKevin, is currently an assistant basketball coach at the University of Virginia - Wise. After graduating from Bertie High School, Bazemore took his talents to Old Dominion, where he won the Lefty Driesell Award for being the top defensive player in the nation - and his number 24 hangs on the rafters at ODU's Chartway Arena. Since coming to the NBA, he has embraced charity work and established the Arms Foundation, which aims to empower and inspire youth to pursue their goals and dreams. This is achieved through "engaging programming, unique and strategic partnerships, and decisive investments that foster youth opportunity and success". More information can be found on the organization's website, armsfoundation.org. You can follow Kent Bazemore on Twitter @24Bazemore and Instagram @24Baze.

College/International Summary

One of the most prolific players in Old Dominion history, Bazemore appeared in a school-record 140 games over his four collegiate seasons. The two-time Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year finished his career with averages of 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals over 26.3 minutes. He also ranks second in conference history for total steals with 250. As a senior, Bazemore averaged 15.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. And during his junior season, he averaged 2.2 steals and took home the Lefty Driesell Award as the top defensive player in the country. Bazemore went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft and eventually signed with the Golden State Warriors after draft night.

Offers scoring punch off bench
FSacramento Kings
March 9, 2020
Bazemore tallied 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and an assist across 26 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Kings' 118-113 loss to the Raptors.
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Bazemore was unable to provide the second-unit boost that that the Trail Blazers were expecting when they acquired him over the summer, but he's taken off since being dealt to the Kings in January. Through 21 games with Sacramento, Bazemore is averaging 10.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.1 assists and 1.0 threes in 23.5 minutes -- numbers good enough to make him relevant in 14-team leagues or deeper.
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2019

Bazemore started the 2019-20 season with the Trail Blazers after a June trade sent Bazemore from Atlanta to Portland (and Evan Turner to Atlanta). Bazemore appeared in Portland's first 43 games, with 21 starts. Over that span, he averaged 7.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals over 25.8 minutes per game. On Dec. 21, he posted 19 points, two boards, two assists, three steals and two blocks during a home win over the Timberwolves. That was Bazemore's best game with the Trail Blazers. On Jan. 21, the versatile wing was traded to the Sacramento Kings with Anthony Tolliver and second round draft picks in exchange for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan. Bazemore made his Kings' debut on Jan. 22 and delivered seven points, three rebounds and one steal during a loss at Detroit. On Feb. 22, he delivered a season-high 23 points, six rebounds and four steals during a road win over the Clippers. Bazemore appeared in 21 games for the Kings before the season was suspended on Mar. 11. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest for Sacramento.

2018

As a member of the Hawks, Bazemore appeared in 67 games, making 35 starts and averaging 11.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.5 minutes. He shot 40.2 percent from the floor, 32.0 percent from three and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. Bazemore reached double figures in scoring 37 times, headlined by a career-best 32 points against Dallas on Oct. 24. Later in the season, Bazemore matched that total in a Dec. 26 matchup against Indiana. On Nov. 11 against the Lakers, Bazemore recorded a season-high five steals. He finished 29th in the NBA in steals per game and 13th in steal percentage.

2017

Bazemore's fourth season in Atlanta was remarkably steady. He contributed in several different categories, both offensively and defensively. Bazemore averaged 12.9 points, a new career high. He scored in double figures in 45 of 65 games, including 10 contests in which he poured in 20 or more points. Bazemore was particularly effective from downtown; after shooting no better than 36.4 percent from behind the arc in any season prior, Bazemore upped that number to 39.4 percent in the 2017-18 campaign. He drained a career-high six threes in a loss to Cleveland on December 12. Bazemore's 3.5 assists were also a career best. Additionally, the Old Dominion product averaged 1.5 steals, good for 14th in the NBA. In the 65 games in which he played, Bazemore failed to record a theft in just 17 of them, and he had five steals on two separate occasions.

2016

In his third season with the Hawks, Bazemore appeared in 73 games during the regular season, starting 64 of them. He averaged 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. He finished fifth in scoring, fourth in assists and third in steals on the squad. The assist figure represented a career high. He scored in double figures on 40 occasions during the regular season. Bazemore hit the 25-point mark twice during the campaign, a figure that represented his season high. He appeared in all six playoff games for the Hawks. Bazemore averaged 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per postseason tilt. His best outing came in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Washington Wizards. Bazemore managed 16 points, four rebounds and seven dimes in a 111-101 victory.

2015

Bazemore saw his role increase in his second season in Atlanta. The versatile wing appeared in 75 games for the second straight year. But he went from starting just 10 of those games in 2014-15 to starting 68 games in 2015-16. His role increased accordingly, as Bazemore went from 17.7 minutes per game to 27.8 per game. The larger workload allowed the Old Dominion product to score a career-best 11.6 points per game. Bazemore also set new career highs with 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The 26-year-old did much of his damage from three-point range, as he attempted 4.1 three-pointers per game and converted at a 35.7 percent clip. Bazemore scored a season-high 28 points in a loss to Miami on Dec. 14. He also went for 26 points and knocked down a season-high five three-pointers in a win over Houston on Dec. 29. Bazemore made his impact felt on defense as well, as he recorded a new career-high 1.3 steals per game. His season high for steals in a game was five, which he accomplished on two different occasions.

2014

In his first year with the Hawks, Ken Bazemore appeared in 75 games, making 10 starts and averaging 17.7 minutes per game. He finished with averages of 5.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.7 steals per contest. Bazemore's high-scoring game of the season came against the Hornets on Mar. 28, when he put up 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting. It was Bazemore's only 20-point effort of the year, but he scored in double-digits on 14 other occasions. Bazemore grabbed a season-high nine rebounds four times, with the Hawks winning three of those games. He registered a season-best five assists in a win over Brooklyn on Apr. 4. Bazemore appeared in all 16 of the Hawks' postseason games, averaging 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 19.0 minutes per post-season contest. He started the final two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland, scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively. In Game 4 against the Cavaliers, Bazemore finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists. In Game 3, he played a playoff-career-high 43 minutes.

2013

Kent Bazemore split the 2013-14 season between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. He appeared in 67 total games and averaged a combined 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 13.6 minutes per contest. Bazemore scored 12 points in two different games for the Warriors. First, on Dec. 6 against the Rockets, and again on Dec. 31 in Orlando. In February, he was traded to the Lakers in a deal that brought Steve Blake to Golden State. Bazemore stepped into a larger role in Los Angeles, where he started 15 of 23 games and averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.0 minutes. He topped 20 points three times, headlined by a pair of 23-point outings on Feb. 25 and March 4. He handed out a season-high eight assists in a win over Orlando on March 23. Overall, Bazemore scored in double-figures 20 times -- 17 of which came as a member of the Lakers. L.A. finished the year at 27-55 and missed the post-season.

2012

In his rookie season, Kent Bazemore appeared in 61 games for the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 2.0 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 4.4 minutes per game. Bazemore made his NBA debut against the Lakers on Nov. 9, recording two rebounds, two blocks and one assist in six minutes of floor time. He appeared in 10 games before recording his first NBA points, which came in a loss to Orlando on Dec. 14. Bazemore scored a season-high 14 points in 12 minutes against the Bulls on Mar. 15. He had 11 points in a loss to Oklahoma City on Feb. 6 for his only other double-digit scoring game of the season.

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Transaction History
  • July 26, 2012
    Signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors.
  • February 19, 2014
    Traded by the Golden State Warriors with MarShon Brooks to the Los Angeles Lakers for Steve Blake.
  • September 23, 2014
    Signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks
  • June 24, 2019
    Traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Portland Trail Blazers for Evan Turner.
  • January 18, 2020
    Traded by the Portland Trail Blazers along with Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan.
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Bazemore was one of the top candidates to see a significant uptick in production when Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard and Tim Hardaway Jr. all departed last offseason. He ended up averaging a career-high 12.9 points, but that was only a minor increase in scoring and he didn't take as much of a step forward as most expected. Still, Bazemore chipped in across the box score with 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals, while knocking down 1.7 three-pointers at a career-best 39.4 percent clip. That occasionally made him a viable DFS option, as well as a productive all-around contributor in deeper season-long leagues. Most notably, Bazemore's 1.5 steals per contest placed him 14th in the league. The Hawks roster underwent some changes once again this offseason. Starting point guard Dennis Schroder was traded to the Thunder, while the Hawks added Jeremy Lin and selected both Trae Young and Kevin Huerter with the fifth and 19th overall picks, respectively, in the 2018 NBA Draft. Young figures to start at point guard right away and Lin is likely to operate as the team's sixth man, so look for Bazemore to reclaim the starting shooting guard role. He'll likely have no trouble reaching the 27.5 minutes he averaged last year, which means a similar stat line seems doable. That said, it is worth it to note that the Hawks could try and get a guy like Huerter more minutes as the season moves along, which could potentially cut into Bazemore's playing time late in the year. Either way, Bazemore's steal and three-point totals should continue to earn him a selection in the mid-to-late rounds of most drafts, so keep him on the Fantasy radar.
Bazemore's third season in Atlanta and fifth overall was once again set in a complementary role. With the likes of Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder doing the bulk of the work offensively, as well as the emergence of Tim Hardaway Jr. as a scoring threat, Bazemore was nothing more than a role player for the Hawks. He did start 64 of the 73 games he played in and averaged 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 three-pointers across 26.9 minutes. That was nearly an identical line from his 2015-16 campaign, though he did see a significant drop off as a free-throw shooter, going just 70.8 percent from the charity stripe compared to 81.5 the year prior. Looking ahead, Bazemore has a big opportunity in front of him. The Hawks no longer have Millsap, Hardaway Jr. or Dwight Howard, meaning three of the teams top four scorers are gone. That leaves just Schroder as a consistent threat from last season. Bazemore is fully expected to be one of the biggest beneficiaries in terms of his production, as the Hawks didn't do much in free agency to make up for the loss in talent. Bazemore is locked into a starter's role and is going to have the chance to be featured alongside Schroder. That should mean an increase in production across the board and gives him plenty of breakout potential, though his smaller role in the past could afford Fantasy owners the opportunity to grab him as a high upside player in the mid-to-late rounds. He could stand to improve a bit as a three-point shooter (34.6 percent from deep in 2016-17) and at the free-throw line, but his ability as a two-way player, as well as the increased opportunity overall could pay dividends for those that select him in Fantasy leagues.
After DeMarre Carroll bolted for Toronto last summer, the Hawks tabbed Bazemore as their starter at small forward, despite the 27-year-old having only 25 career starts under his belt and being quite undersized for the position at 6-foot-5. However, just as he has since going undrafted out of Old Dominion in 2012, Bazemore was able to exceed expectations, submitting a career-best campaign in multiple areas. He averaged 11.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.3 steals in 27.8 minutes per game while connecting on 81.5 percent of his free-throw attempts, a major improvement over his 68.3 percent career rate. Those numbers don't perfectly illustrate just how significant his impact was on the defensive end, where Bazemore guarded three positions and was effective in forcing turnovers while generally eschewing foul trouble. Bazemore's seamless transition from a low-end rotation role to a starting gig didn't go unnoticed from other teams this offseason, but the unrestricted free agent ultimately chose to remain in Atlanta on a four-year, $70 million pact. He'll again be locked into starting duties at small forward this season, though the additions of first-round picks Taurean Prince and DeAndre' Bembry, who can both play on the wing, might prevent Bazemore's minutes and production from climbing much higher.
In his third season, Bazemore contributed 5.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 18 minutes per game through 75 regular season games. He shot 43 percent from the field, 36 percent from the three-point line, and 60 percent from the charity stripe. During 16 playoff games, the 6-5, 201-pound guard averaged 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 19 minutes per game while shooting 42 percent from the floor, 21 percent from beyond the arc, and 68 percent from the free-throw line. The 26-year-old reserve is entering the final year of his contract, and given DeMarre Carroll's departure and Thabo Sefolosha's injury status, Bazemore could earn the chance to start alongside Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford at the beginning of the year. Still, Sefolosha's eventual return, as well as the Hawks' offseason acquisitions of Tim Hardaway and Justin Holiday, means Bazemore will face stiff competition for minutes in 2015-16.
The deadline deal that sent Bazemore from the Warriors to the Lakers last season did wonders for his career. The second-year wing – an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion – couldn't crack the Warriors' rotation, but thrust into a significant role on an injury-depleted Lakers team, Bazemore thrived. He averaged just 6.1 minutes in 44 games for the Warriors. However, as a Laker, he played 28 minutes per game in 23 games, scoring 13.1 points per game with 1.4 made three-pointers, more than three assists, and over a steal per game. After the season, he signed a two-year deal with the Hawks worth a reported $4 million. Of course, Atlanta is a much deeper team than the 2013-14 Lakers. Bazemore will be competing with the likes of Kyle Korver, Thabo Sefolosha, and DeMarre Carroll for minutes at shooting guard and small forward. Also worth noting is that coach Mike Budenholzer's system isn't nearly as fantasy-friendly as Mike D'Antoni's, which further diminishes Bazemore's fantasy stock.
As an undrafted free agent in 2012-13, Bazemore was used sparingly by the Warriors, averaging four minutes in 61 games. Not much more than that will be expected of him this season. He can shoot some, defend some, pass some and dribble some but doesn't have one skill that makes him stand out.
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Almost double-doubles in loss
FSacramento Kings
March 6, 2020
Bazemore tallied 14 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 125-108 loss to Philadelphia.
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Scores 13 points off bench
FSacramento Kings
February 29, 2020
Bazemore registered 13 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, two steals and one block in 29 minutes during Friday's 104-101 win at Memphis.
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Season-high 23 points in win
FSacramento Kings
February 24, 2020
Bazemore posted 23 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, four steals, an assist and a block across 30 minutes during Saturday's 112-103 victory over the Clippers.
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Effective off bench
FSacramento Kings
February 13, 2020
Bazemore contributed 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks.
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Just 13 minutes in loss
FSacramento Kings
February 1, 2020
Bazemore ended with 10 points (3-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-5 FFT), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 13 minutes during Saturday's 129-113 loss to the Lakers.
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