|No. 31 – San Antonio Spurs|
|Born||January 23, 1996|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||229 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||University (Normal, Illinois)|
|College||Ohio State (2014–2018)|
|NBA draft||2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2020||→Windy City Bulls|
|2020–present||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Keita Bates-Diop (born January 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Early life and high school career
Keita Bates-Diop was born on January 23, 1996 in Sacramento, California to Richard and Wilma Bates. His parents added Diop to his surname. His father Richard studied under Cheikh Anta Diop, a scientist and anthropologist. The small forward played for University High School in Normal, Illinois. He averaged 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks as a junior. He was considered one of the top 5 candidates for Illinois Mr. Basketball by the Chicago Tribune. Bates-Diop was ranked no. 24 nationally in his class by Rivals.com.
Bates-Diop was a bench player as a freshman at OSU in the 2014–15 season. As a sophomore, he expanded his role on the team and averaged 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. But as a junior, he suffered a stress fracture in his left leg, sitting out all but the first nine games, while the Buckeyes limped to a 17–15 record without him. In those nine games, Bates-Diop averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He was granted a medical redshirt and came into his redshirt junior campaign one of the top options for new coach Chris Holtmann.
Bates-Diop earned his first Big Ten player of the week honors on December 11, 2017, after notching a career-high 27 points in a 97–62 win over William & Mary. On January 9, 2018, Bates-Diop was recognized as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association after strong performances against Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball and Michigan State. Bates-Diop tied a then-career high with 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a victory against Iowa. Against top-ranked Michigan State, he scored a career-high 32 points in an 80–64 win. He also received his second Big Ten player of the week recognition. Bates-Diop received his second consecutive player of the week nod on January 15, with a 26-point, eight rebound outing in a 91–69 win over Maryland and 20 points, nine rebounds in a victory versus Rutgers.
On February 26, 2018, Bates-Diop was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. He averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Following Ohio State's loss in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Bates-Diop announced his intention to forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2018–2020)
On June 21, 2018, Bates-Diop was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 48th pick in the 2018 NBA draft. On July 7, 2018, Bates-Diop signed with the Timberwolves. He participated in the NBA Summer League in 2018 and 2019.
Denver Nuggets (2020)
On February 5, 2020, the Timberwolves traded Bates-Diop to the Denver Nuggets in a four-team trade. He was assigned to the Windy City Bulls on March 1. Bates-Diop was waived by the Nuggets on November 22, 2020
San Antonio Spurs (2020–present)
On November 29, 2020, the San Antonio Spurs announced that they had signed Bates-Diop to a two-way contract. On September 7, 2021, the Spurs re-signed him. On December 23, 2021, Bates-Diop scored a career-high 30 points on eleven-of-eleven shooting with seven rebounds and a steal in a 138–110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- Kindred, Randy (January 26, 2012). "U High's Bates-Diop drawing D-I attention". Pantagraph.com. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- Helfgot, Mike (November 27, 2013). "Boys hoops – Top 5 Mr. Basketball candidates". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- Baumgardner, Nick (March 10, 2014). "Michigan's Nik Stauskas gets All-America honor; recruit Kameron Chatman a prep All-American". MLive.com. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
- Markus, Don (January 11, 2018). "In order to beat Ohio State, Maryland has to stop Keita Bates-Diop". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- Birdsong, Nick (November 22, 2017). "Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop is the difference maker the Buckeyes needed all along". Sporting News. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- "Michigan State, Ohio State Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Buckeyes' Keita Bates-Diop earns Player of the Week award; Spartans' Jaren Jackson Jr. named Freshman of the Week". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. December 11, 2017. Archived from the original on December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
- "Ohio State's Bates-Diop Is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week". The United States Basketball Writers Association. January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- "Maryland, Ohio State Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Buckeyes' Keita Bates-Diop earns Player of the Week award; Terrapins' Bruno Fernando named Freshman of the Week". www.bigten.org. CBS Interactive. January 8, 2018. Archived from the original on January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- "Michigan State, Ohio State Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Buckeyes' Keita Bates-Diop earns second-consecutive Player of the Week award; Spartans' Jaren Jackson Jr. named Freshman of the Week for third time". www.bigten.org. CBS Interactive. January 15, 2018. Archived from the original on January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Big Ten Unveils Men's Basketball Postseason Honors on BTN" (Press release). February 26, 2018. Archived from the original on February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
- Wojnarowski, Adrian (March 26, 2018). "Buckeyes forward Keita Bates-Diop to enter NBA draft". ESPN. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
- Landis, Bill (June 21, 2018). "Keita Bates-Diop selected in second round, No. 48 overall by Minnesota Timberwolves in 2018 NBA Draft". Cleveland.com. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
- "TIMBERWOLVES SIGN KEITA BATES-DIOP". NBA.com. July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
- "Denver Nuggets Acquire Bates-Diop, Napier, Vonleh, Green and First-Round Pick in Four-Team Trade". NBA.com. February 5, 2020. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
- "Nuggets' Keita Bates-Diop: Sent to G League". CBS Sports. March 1, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
- "NBA Player Transactions". NBA.com. February 26, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
- "Spurs sign Keita Bates-Diop to two-way contract". nba.com. November 29, 2020. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
- "Spurs re-sign Keita Bates-Diop". nba.com. September 7, 2021. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
- "Spurs rout depleted Lakers 138–110 in last Staples game". ESPN.com. December 23, 2021. Retrieved December 23, 2021.